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The Disk Drive Bays

This case has four external 5.25” bays and six internal 3.5” bays. All 5.25” bays use screwless mechanisms that look very differently from traditional mechanisms used by other brands, but they work very well, holding 5.25” devices very tight. The lower 5.25” bay comes with a 5.25”-to-3.5” adapter, allowing you to install up to seven hard disk drives if you don’t have a floppy disk drive or memory card reader and won’t be using all 5.25” bays.

Chieftec DragonFigure 12: Overall look of the disk drive bays.

The hard disk drive cage can hold up to five hard disk drives, using a screwless mechanism based on two rulers that must be installed to each side of the hard disk drive. A small toolbox comes installed on the top bay and can be used to store screws and other small parts. A sixth bay is available between the hard disk drive cage and the 5.25” bays, but this bay does not have any sort of screwless mechanism.

Chieftec DragonFigure 13: Hard disk drive cage. Note the toolbox on the top bay.

Chieftec DragonFigure 14: Toolbox.

Chieftec DragonFigure 15: Rulers used to install hard disk drives.

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