Questions regarding enclosures for devices

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Did my case fan damage my harddrives?

I just had the weirdest problem: I installed two new fans (Zalman ZM-F3's) in my Antec Sonata II case, one as a replacement (at the back) and a new one for additional airflow (at the front). The weird ...
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How to use internal SSD hard drive with a case as an external hard drive?

I have bought and used many external hard drives, such as the traditional ones like Seagate Backup Plus 2TB, or the Samsung SSD T1 with 512GB, and all of them can be repartitioned using Mac's Disk ...
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Pink LED on case with high processing C++ program

I have written a very intensive program in C++ that should loop on some code for a quite long time. I can't explain why, after few minutes, the program stops working (I don't see any output) and a ...
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Case sensitive file extensions in Windows and Linux

In linux you can have the files example.JPG and example.jpg in the same directory. In Windows you have case sensitive extensions, but you can't put these two files in the same directory. Why not?
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PC Case Side loudly vibrating when on high fan RPM

My CPU is an AMD FX-6300 and it is cooled by it's stock cooler. The problem with the stock is that it tends to spin at 6600+ RPM when on heavy load. So every time I start GTA V for example I start ...
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Put USB to PC Front Panel

I am going to DIY my PC case. But this problem happens to stock cases also. For example, I use the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK motherboard. It has 2x USB 3.0 and 4x USB 2.0 ports through the internal ...
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identifying custom half-built computer [closed]

We were recently cleaning through an old storage unit when I came across what appears to be a half-built server. I don't see any stickers or identifying information. The case is a 'superfox' (there ...
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Can you mount motherboard spacers/standoffs into plastic?

I'm planning on building a custom computer case out of acrylic plastic. With little-to-none electrical engineering experience I'm wondering if the motherboard spacers needs to be screwed into a ...
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How to determine air intake holes in pc case

My PC has a huge dust intake (I have two parrots and a cat occupying the room). So I don't want to unplug the pc and clean it from dust every week. I want to install exterior dust filters which I ...
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Removing case for HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged

I just received a HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Rugged to test my software on and I was looking to remove the case it comes with. All pictures I see of the ElitePad 1000 looks slim, so that leads me to believe ...
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Case fan not spinning

I was plugging in my computer and I noticed that one of my case fans wasn't spinning and the other one was. I opened up the case and spun the fan with my hand and it started spinning again. I ...
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Can a loose SATA hard drive disconnect itself because of vibration or shaking?

I have a WD Green 2TB which was working perfect until I've put it in a new case which doesn't use the standard screw system to fix the drives, but instead uses these plastic HDD trays which doesn't ...
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Why aren't my case fans spinning?

I have an ASUS P6T WS Professional motherboard mounted in a Thermaltake Armor+ case. The case has a fan on the front of the chassis that is functioning, but the rear fan behind the CPU heatsink (the ...
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Will a Noctua NH-D15 fit inside a bitfenix colossus full tower? [closed]

Building my first PC and wanted to make sure they will cooperate before purchasing. Thanks in advance!
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Computer bumpers/feet have fallen off, how do I fix it?

The bottom of my computer has these small rubber bumpers. Today the back one fell off. The computer is a razer blade 14. If someone could tell me a way to fix it or point me in that direction it would ...
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How do I clean dust from a computer?

As computers become faster and generate more heat it gets more important to have good ventilation, but that also increases the amount of dust sticking to the components of the computer. It's of course ...
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Why is the power supply sometimes at the bottom of the case?

Shopping around for a cabinet for my alternate box, I've seen cabinet/case that place the SMPS/PSU at the bottom of the case. This is surprising because I'd have assumed putting it at the bottom would ...
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Stop case side-panel from buzzing

My desktop's case is a Cooler-Master Storm Scout 2. The left side-panel (the one with the window) often buzzes while my computer is running. I've verified that none of the cables are rubbing against ...
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SATA Connector Stress Impact on Reliability [closed]

As we fill up a mid-tower case with more drives, the SATA cables get rather tricky to get in a position so that they enter the connection near perfectly aligned so as to not put any stress on the SATA ...
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How can I remove the smell of cigarettes from my computer?

I'm a smoker, and of course I smoke in front of the computer when I'm at home. Last Friday I moved out from my mother's house to my own, and since the computers were always turned on and the room was ...
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Is 42 degrees Celsius a safe ambient temperature inside the case of an operating PC?

I have purchased a new HP PC (EliteDesk 800 Small Form Factor). It is exceptionally quiet, I assume HP favors quietness over thermal performance for office use. Under load (long-running ...
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Installling a laptop optical drive in a desktop [closed]

For no reason other then awesome factor, I want to install a slot-loading optical drive in my new computer. Now, a lot of searching has proved that slot-loading optical drives don't come in 5.25 inch ...
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No screws at the front of my Bit Fenix Comrade Case for fan

I am using the BitFenix Comrade which does feature slots in the front for fans but when trying to install a fan there I found out that there are no screw holes for a fan even though there is a dust ...
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What is this flat brown 8-pin case plug? [duplicate]

I reused an old computer case of mine to build a PC for my parents. I found this cable connected to the front I/O and I have no idea what it is: The front IO contains 2x USB2, head- and microphone ...
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What kind of standoffs work with this case?

I have a Chenbro PC61166 Xpider case which I got second hand. The standouts for ATX mounting are missing, but where there would normally be screw holes for me to install common brass standoffs, ...
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Building first PC in 7 years, some confusion hooking up case I/O connectors

The case I have is the Rosewell THOR V2. The motherboard I have is the ASUS Z87-PRO. I have hooked up majority of the case connectors. power sw reset sw p+/- HD LED AAFP USB 2.0 USB 3.0 Note: ...
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PSU compability

I would like to ask a few questions about this PSU: RM Series™ RM1000 — 1000 Watt 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Fully Modular PSU Computer specifications: Case: Compucase 6C11BS-UT Motherboard: MB H77 ...
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Large video card bends under own weight

My ASUS GTX 770 card is so long and heavy that it bends under its own weight. The following picture is not mine, but my situation looks exactly like it: The bending has already become permanent, ...
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Optimal Fan Placement and Direction for Air-Cooling a Computer

My current computer has always run unusually hot no matter what steps I have taken such as: lots of fans—including four 120mms; thermal grease—both generic and Arctic Silver V; placement of the ...
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What is the safe temperature limit for a consumer SATA hard drive?

Background My personal desktop system at home has 5 SATA drives racked up inside. Recently my system started failing in odd ways like random kernel panics and I eventually traced it to random ...
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Do hard drives really have open cases now?

I'm shopping for new hard drives and all the stores (Amazon, Overstock, Newegg, etc.) now show product pictures like this: I can find no information in the product descriptions or in Google searches ...
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Is the Dell T110 using a standard motherboard size? [closed]

I have the opportunity to buy a very cheap, second hand Dell T110 tower. However, I want to move most of the components, namely motherboard, processor and memory, to a rack case. Is anyone able to ...
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Motherboard wiring

I am putting a new motherboard in a chenbro chasis and I dont get how to plugin the wires for powerSW resetSW, etc. It is a SuperMicro P4DP6 motherboard. The powerSW lead is a green and white wire. ...
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Motherboard Wiring

I bought a new case to put a motherboard in. Everything fits, I have done this before, but not in a long time! The case has wires for Power SW Reset SW Power LED HDD LED On the motherboard (ASUS ...
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Seagate ST1000DM003 and USB-SATA bridge

I can't get that disk to work with my external case (bridge). Disk is spinning and recognized by Windows, but it doesn't recognize data on it, it can see only one big RAW partition when there are 2. I ...
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Fitting a Motherboard into a Computer Case

I'm interested in building my own computer. I saw a motherboard and CPU that I want to buy from Tiger Direct. My question is has to do with computer cases and motherboards. Are all motherboards ...
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Run external hard drive without case

My external hard drive case broke. The drive still works. Can I just place it on my desk, out of the way, without it being in a case? Does it have to have a fan?
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Is there a standard dimension definition for CD/DVD drive bay?

Probably naive, but is there a standard to mandate the dimensions of CD/DVD drive bay on a cabinet/enclosure are met? Neither my BenQ CD Writer, nor my ASUS DVD Writer fit into the 5.25 bay of my ...
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Graphic card not screwed to chassis

I recently brought an AMD Radeon HD 6450 1gb (sapphire) graphic card but while installing this graphic card to pci x16 expansion slot(motherboard D102GGC2), the cabinet/chassis was causing problems. ...
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Does any motherborad and CPU fit in normal cabinets

I have this Computer case It had Core 2 Quad Q600 processor Intel MB 975xbx2 motherboard As that MB has only 8gb Max RAM so i thought i need to replace the MB and processor to get more RAM. so i ...
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Can I put my computer cabinet (tower) on its side, or does it need to stand up?

Sorry for asking a Dumb Question but I am just too Curious to know . 1) Do I always need to put my computer in stand up position or can i put it on its sides. 2) Do I need any kind of special ...
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How to decide the cabinet/power supply for a new pc

I'm planning to get a new pc with the following specs: Proc: AMD Phenom 2 X4 945 RAM: 2GB or 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz HDD: 1 TB (any one) Graphics Card: Radeon 5670 Monitor: ViewSonic 18.5" monitor (with ...
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Is an SECC cabinet better than an aluminium one? [closed]

I'm shopping for a cabinet online Description of the material used in the cabinet varies from Steel, Aluminium Alloy to Acrylic My options are narrowed down to either Steel (SECC?), or Aluminium From ...
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Slow down case fan on MSI P43-C51 motherboard?

Bought a case fan that specifically says, "sensors to allow speed control", rated at 3000RPM. Installed Speedfan, messed around with settings, no dice. Same goes for the MSI OverClock Center ...
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What is the form factor of a Dell GXa?

I have an old school Dell GXa sitting around. All the hardware is obviously obsolete but the case is in good shape. I would consider purchasing a newer motherboard (P4 or better) for it and giving ...
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Will an intel server motherboard like the W2600CR2 fit into a normal ATX tower?

I'm trying to put this motherboard into a "normal" case. But it says the form factor on the motherboard is "custom" Does this mean I have to get an intel server chassis in order to use it?
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Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?

I have a new motherboard which needs a BIOS update to support a new CPU. Thankfully I have an old (compatible) CPU handy. My plan is to install the old CPU, update the BIOS, then install the new ...
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What is the name for a computer case that exposes the motherboard when opening?

I'm looking for a PC case that is functioning like old Macintosh cases. This is the case of a Power Macintosh G3 B&W. Notice it has a hinged door that opens downwards and has the motherboard on ...
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Will new-style Coolermaster 4 in 3 modules fit an older Stacker 810 case?

Will a new style 4 in 3 module (STB-3T4-E3-GP, a drive bay converter to convert 3x 5.25" bays into 4x 3.5" bays) fit an older style Stacker 810 case - in particular does anyone have first-hand ...
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two usb on motherboard, one on front

I bought a motherboard with two separate usb pinhead things (as in you need 2 cables to get two usb ports). The case I have (Cosair Obsidian 250d) has one big usb thing twice as thick to get two usb ...