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I did see those. but from what I can tell the internal configuration is different. Granted that flyer doesn't offer much information. Didn't end up getting anymore info though.

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So I happened to own a thermaltake armor case from years ago that i based a build off of...  I’ve since moved upward but here is a shot of it.  I’m using an icy dock for the SSD cache and the rosewill hot swap 4x3 bays. 

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I've got an Antec Twelve Hundred (first edition), but the screws that is uses, which happens to be custom made, is no longer available.

Do you have any idea on how to get your hands on it? 

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2 hours ago, Nanobug said:

I've got an Antec Twelve Hundred (first edition), but the screws that is uses, which happens to be custom made, is no longer available.

Do you have any idea on how to get your hands on it? 

Screws for the hard drive trays? Could try these https://www.ebay.com/itm/324190345160

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On 9/7/2020 at 5:46 PM, Nanobug said:

They don't ship to Denmark, but thanks! :D

How many you need, just bought a antec case 1200 from ebay. Dont think i need the screws. Can ship fra Norge til Danmark ;)

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On 9/26/2020 at 10:51 PM, Tulip said:

How many you need, just bought a antec case 1200 from ebay. Dont think i need the screws. Can ship fra Norge til Danmark ;)

Sorry for the late reply.

It's very nice of you, but in my frustration I tore everything apart in the house to find it, and it was in the top tray in the toolbox 🙃

So I've got the screws now. Now I just need to find time to turn it off and put the screws into the last disk so it's not hanging in the wires.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081M3RGG8/

 

Expensive at $300 US, but it has 12 external 5.25" drive bays and is in stock.

 

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Picture of the drive bays.

 

The Define 7 XL (different case) can hold up to 18 3.5" drives, but unfortunately not hot-swappable/tool-less.

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That's an interesting find @keefd!  Probably one of the best solutions for a modern server build where you want to incorporate some "average sized" PCI-E cards without losing space for HDD cage mounting.  I do agree though, more than I'd want to spend (and that doesn't even cover the HDD cages).  I've never heard of the manufacturer before ... I'd be interested in a build quality review ...

 

 

So it looks like a pretty impressive case, with average or maybe a little better than average build quality.  I think they priced themselves out of the market though.

 

Fractal Design just released the Meshify 2 XL at $180 only a few months after this chassis' release.  It's basically the same size and construction as the Define 7XL but it can breath instead of roast and is $20 cheaper.  Even when you buy the additional trays to complete the build, you'll still be under $300 for a loaded chassis (comes with 6 trays, need 10 more for the stack [10 trays / 2 trays per package = 5 packs * $14 = $70 + $180 = $250 for 16x 3.5" drive locations and 4x 2.5" locations]).  If you were set on hot swappable drives though, the Anidees AI Crystal XL PRO may be the one to beat!

 

I personally just bought a Meshify 2 XL ... and as I build in it, I am very impressed!  Still short of the 20x 3.5" drives possible with 12x 5.25" slots, but I'm happy with this case for my needs.  Really still want that backplane though 😰.

 

-JesterEE

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@JesterEE - Huh, I always thought the Meshify series was mid-tower at best. That M2 XL does seem better for airflow which IMO is critical for a multi hard drive install.

 

Right now I'm running an old Antec Nine Hundred that I had the fortune to be still holding onto despite SWMBO's protestations to get rid of my old computer junk. I'm running 2x Kingwin 5 into 3x5.25" hot swap bays. I'm considering getting a 3rd hot swap rack even though I only have 7 hard drives at the moment.

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