Storage baskets: what are they, which ones to choose and where to put them

Building a home computer is easy. You can pick up a motherboard and a processor, and the rest of the components will join the platform like a puzzle. But as soon as the user steps away from the classics at least one step, the difficulties begin: pick this up, calculate that. For example, when installing a large number of drives, you need to think about their location in advance. Rather, a basket that will contain this good. We figure out what they are, where they are located and what is optimal to choose for a modern assembly.

Computer electronics manufacturers have spoiled the modern user. Now the process of setting up a computer boils down to quickly assembling the components in a beautiful box, throwing a glowing fan there and quickly launching the operating system with games. Voila – a multi-colored aquarium with an Internet connection is ready. Therefore, assembling a computer is no longer a task for techies, now it is just a hobby or a construction set for adults. In most cases, such assemblies solve the entire homework without problems – games, movies, browser.

But if you need a working system, which will have to spend days coding video materials, all the negligence made when assembling a computer will surface. Therefore, a different approach is needed here – with a focus on strength and practicality, and not the number of shades and the brightness of the backlight . If you can live with one hard drive in the system and not grieve, then four hot fellows at once can easily overheat and derail valuable data. To prvent this from happening, you need to pay attention to the disk basket when buying a case.

Baskets
In fact, the “living conditions” of hard disks in a conventional system unit are completely different from those implemented in server segment devices. A real HDD cage looks like this:Intel 2U Rear Hot-swap Dual Drive Cage Upgrade Kit

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Number of racks 2.5 “: 2, Installation in a bay: 2U
This is not only a “box” with quick-release fasteners, but also a whole system for hot-plugging devices. In the desktop segment, a stripped-down version of this technical perfection is used, so only the box itself and the slide for easy installation remain from the real basket in consumer-grade cases. But sometimes there isn’t even a sled.

Supermicro MCP-220-73201-0N Drive Cage

This is how the basket of a modern case for a home system looks like . Just two parking spaces – manufacturers believe that in the era of high-speed solid-state drives, even two noisy hard drives are an atavism. This is partly true: gaming assemblies are gradually forgetting what a slow HDD is. Therefore, in addition to such boxes, you can find several more simplified baskets in the standard case. They are needed to install solid state drives or other 2.5 ”devices.

There can be several such “pieces” in the case at once and even more than seats for the classics. Progress – nothing else.

Standard sizes
Computer components are produced within the framework of the standards. This is easier for both the buyer and the manufacturer. For example, hard drives and solid state drives come in three sizes – M.2, 2.5 “and 3.5”. The first form factor is gaining popularity , but the other two still dominate the market.

1 TB Seagate 7200 BarraCuda Hard Drive

Such options are best suited for organizing indoor space, as they are versatile and sufficient for the needs of a home system.

Location
Depending on the size, format and design of the case, baskets can be installed in different parts of the system cabinet . For a home computer, this is nothing special: at least from the side, at least from above. But in assemblies with several disks, the incorrect position of the basket can, at the very least, cause inconvenience and mess in the system unit.

Since the beginning of time, hard drives have lived in the front of the case. Directly under the 5.25 ”skid and space for the FDD. Such cases were easier to manufacture, but worse in terms of convenience. To remove the drive, you had to pull the HDD towards the video card and other PCIe devices. Sometimes this was possible without problems, but more often it was an impossible mission to remove the hard drive on a fully assembled system unit. I had to remove the graphics adapter and disconnect the wires. On the other hand, the disks arranged in this way were better cooled by the intake fan under the front panel.DEXP DC-202M case blackNow manufacturers experiment more often and try to rid the modern collector of the horrors of the perfectionist . At first, the cases received expanded baskets – when the disks are inserted not from the side of the video card, but from the side of the case cover. This became possible after the power supply was moved to the lower part of the system unit, and with it a thick harness with SATA and Molex power.Case Aerocool Trinity Mini

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Soon the classics began to be replaced by neoclassics – now the power supply unit located at the bottom is neatly covered with a metal cover. Together with him, the same thick bundle with connectors and a basket with disks.

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The transformation of the internal space of computer cases did not stop there: manufacturers endlessly add, remove and transfer something. Especially if the case is not a box, but such a monster :

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From the category “find a cat (drive) here”. Some models are completely modular and allow you to design baskets as the user wishes.
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We have listed only the universal disc mounts that are regulated by the standard. In addition to these, SATA SSD slots can be found everywhere in modern enclosures. This can be the free space between the blank side wall and the chassis on which the motherboard is installed. There are such places on the PSU fake casing, as well as on the mounts on the rack.

Where are we putting?
SSDs with a SATA connector emit little heat, so they can easily survive anywhere in the system unit. The device can be installed next to the video card and nothing critical will happen.