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Mar
25
2013

How to add eight internal hard drives in Silverstone Grandia HTPC GD07 Case Series Monday, 25 March 2013

SilverStone has turned the GD07 into storage addicted chassis, trying to use every space to mount as many hard drives as possible. With four external 5.25″, five internal 3.5″  and two of 2.5″ drive bays you can come up with an impresive amount of hard drives mounted in. Anyway even with all that large amount of bays you can’t fit more than 8 (eight) 3.5″ hard drives in standard configuration:

  • 2 HDD fitted in right / vertical 5.25″ external drive bay with adaptors or racks
  • 4 HDD fitted in middle 3.5″ internal drive bay
  • 2 HDD fitted in left / horizontal 5.25″ external drive bay with adaptors or racks
  • 1 HDD (maybe) fitted on the left / vertical side, after horizontal 5.25″ external drive bay – but is risky, there is no ventilation there therefore not advisable

So just to be safe we assume that the maximum amount is 8 drives in standard configuration, which is not bad at all but you must sacrifice everything, no external gadgets mouted in 5.25″ bays, no optical DVD unit, no nothing. But hey ! there is another option which SilverStone provides with or without will and is very simple, no major chassis alteration is involved, no cutting, no drilling, etc. Just remove the inner 5.25″ vertical drive bay (see the pictures) and thats it, you can fit eight 3.5″ drives as there would be the place for them. Of course to ensure maximum ventilation you need to mount the third 120mm fan on the bottom.

 

SilverStone Grandia GD07 specifications
Motherboard form factor ATX, mATX, mITX
Material – aluminum front door and plastic front panel
– steel body
Drive Bay (external) 4x 5.25″
Drive Bay (internal) 5x 3.5″
2x 2.5”
Cooling REAR: 2x 80mm fan slot
SIDE: 1x 120mm intake fans 1200rpm (not 900rpm), 18dBA, 1x 120mm fan slot
TOP: oversized vents
BOTTOM: 2x 120mm intake fans 1200rpm (not 900rpm), 18dBA (backwards compatible with 1x 120mm + 2x 80mm, or 5x 60mm fans)
Expansion Slot 7+1
Front I/O 2x USB 3.0
1x Audio Out
1x MIC
Power Supply standard ATX support up to 220mm (recommend depth is under 180mm)
Dimension limitations Expansion Card: support graphic cards up to 13.6 inches (345 mm)
CPU cooler: 138mm
Net Weight 7kg
Dimension W x H x D (mm): 440 x 175 x 435
Volume: 33.5 liters

 

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