Below are a couple of cover blanks for
5.25" bays, the top two are standard beige plastic covers and the bottom
one is from a Lian Li case. I am going to use the Lian bezel cover plate
for this guide because it is the more difficult of the two to do, but the
plastic covers would be done about the same way.
Grab the nibbler and begin cutting off the side
pieces, try to keep your line straight as you go. Once you get about half
way through flip it over and start cutting in from the other side. If you
have never nibbled before you need to know that it only cuts out a rice grain
sized piece with every squeeze, but it sounds worse than it actually is.
You could alternately use a dremel to remove the material, but it would probably
take just as long to do.
Notice the small pile of nibbler turds in the
lower right of the picture below... Ok, I will admit now
that I was just looking for an excuse to use the term "nibbler turds".
When the bay cover looks like the one below you can
carefully bend the side flap off and then repeat the process for the other side,
use wire cutters to cut through if you are unsure of your ability to bend it
Ok, now that the sides are off proceed to
remove the metal lip from the top and bottom. Use the nibbler to remove
the edge material making sure to be careful not to remove too much. You
just want it to be about flush and any fine tuning as far as shaping it will be
done in the next step.
The file, it is one of my most frequently used
modding tools and is once again called into action to smooth up all the rough
edges left by the nibbler. File, file, file then check your progress and
then file some more, below is the finished filed product.
Wipe off the tray door to your drive to remove
any dirt, dust or oils from your hands, then take a strip of the double sided
tape and stick it onto the door. Cut a length of Velcro and adhere that to
the double sided tape as shown in the picture below. Your drive will have
to be recessed a little further into the case to compensate for the added
thickness of the tape and Velcro, just loosen the screws up and slide it back.
Take the other half of the Velcro and line it
up on the inside of the bay cover, it doesn't have to be perfect but the closer
the better. Using the Velcro as a guide I approximated the position of the
eject button and started layering the double sided tape until it was three
layers thick. Since we don't want the cover sticking to the eject button I
cut a small piece of paper to stick onto the top of the tape. If you don't
have the tape positioned correctly so that it hits the eject button simply
remove it, wipe it down with some Goo-Gone to remove any tape residue and try
Take the cover plate and line it up with the
drive, press it down good so that the Velcro sticks and you are basically
done. Test it out by pressing the lower right corner to eject the drive
tray, then reach under and push the eject button again to bring the tray back
in. If the newly installed stealth cover doesn't close correctly simply
remove it, reposition it and try it again.
Below is a top down shot showing the tape,
Velcro and bay cover attached to the drive tray door.
And finally, a front shot of the open stealth
drive. This mod is near fool proof, takes under an hour and costs next to
nothing to do. If you get sick of reaching beneath to close the drive tray
you can refer to our CD button re-routing guide
for even more modding fun.
Guide written by ARTbyTROY
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