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Hmm, not sure 4 drives will fit, more like 3, because of that cable.

 

What about the Orico into the 2-drive cages? If that fits I'm already planning for 8 SSF WD Red and 4 SSDs. That would be awesome and just 7.5W at idle!

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Hmm, not sure 4 drives will fit, more like 3, because of that cable.

 

What about the Orico into the 2-drive cages? If that fits I'm already planning for 8 SSF WD Red and 4 SSDs. That would be awesome and just 7.5W at idle!

I will be in the office tomorrow I will check it out.

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What if you removed the tabs -- or bent them out of the way?  If those are 9mm SSD's in there now it looks like you may have room.

Three will fit:

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Four will require drilling:

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Hmm, not sure 4 drives will fit, more like 3, because of that cable.

 

What about the Orico into the 2-drive cages? If that fits I'm already planning for 8 SSF WD Red and 4 SSDs. That would be awesome and just 7.5W at idle!

The Orico only hooks into two pins on the blue rails, so you would need to modify it for the bottom bay:

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I think the top bay would be fine, but I think you would need to pull the PS to get it in.

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Anyone else smell a massive overheating problem coming on with so many mechanical drives in a poorly vented Dell ? Maybe not so much with SSD's, but it's not a real world option. .. :(

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Wow, it looks promising. Thanks schoondoggy!

But I don't think it can hold 4 spinning drives as it is, hanging on just 2 pins.

Why would you need to pull the PSU to fit an Orico into the top bay cage? It's easy to get it out by removing the front bezel.

 

Essexraptor, you're right. Any performance oriented drive will overheat in a chassis like this. I speak from my past experiences with Vostros and Optiplexes which share 95% of the internal design.

But the latest low rpm drives like the WD Red will do just fine. Also, most consumer SSDs won't have overheating problems, but I'm a little concerned about high capacity Intel enterprise SSDs which can get to 55 Celsius in no time and a cooling solution is needed.

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It's just that with the Dell desk top towers and the odd server.... I think 2 ? that have come in for me to have a "look at".... they all have that frustrating Dell only modular design and construction. ie if it is not Dell made it's a nightmare to retro fit any other commercial gear. It all works well.... but normally only within the Dell design window.

 

It's an observation not fact, I'm sure this project will work out... and I'm interested to see the outcome :)

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Not sure what your project is, but yeah... it's the way each and every OEM builds it's hardware. I remember that a few years ago there were some regulation efforts against this, but right now they're back to basics.

It's really hard to regulate internal design, besides standards, but the retention they were (and still are) trying to enforce are mostly software/firmware hooks.

 

Anyway, the T20 we're talking about is like 99% free of any of these practices, so not that much to worry about.

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Wow, it looks promising. Thanks schoondoggy!

But I don't think it can hold 4 spinning drives as it is, hanging on just 2 pins.

Why would you need to pull the PSU to fit an Orico into the top bay cage? It's easy to get it out by removing the front bezel.

 

Essexraptor, you're right. Any performance oriented drive will overheat in a chassis like this. I speak from my past experiences with Vostros and Optiplexes which share 95% of the internal design.

But the latest low rpm drives like the WD Red will do just fine. Also, most consumer SSDs won't have overheating problems, but I'm a little concerned about high capacity Intel enterprise SSDs which can get to 55 Celsius in no time and a cooling solution is needed.

Sorry, I forgot that it pulls from the front. Unfortunately, the Orico is too tall to fit in the top bays,,,

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schoondoggy How could it be too tall to fit if the top bay is 2x 3.5'' just like the bottom bay? The cage also includes a 2x 2.5'' or a slim ODD space, but the 2x 3.5'' should be take the same volume as the bottom cage.

Unfortunatelly I'll have to wait 15+ days to get the Oricos, as I couldn't find them here so I ordered directly from Orico TW.

Really appreciate your time and advices.

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