How to utilize 5.25 bay area?


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Hi - I recently set up my first Unraid server and loving it.  I repurposed an old Corsair tower.  It has 4 3.5" bays and two 5.25" bays above.  I want to add two more drives into this system, a 2.5" SSD and another 3.5" magnetic disk.  I am missing the plastic runners to hold the last existing 3.5" bay, sadly.  

 

What is the best way to add the two additional drives (and maybe leave further expansion space)?  I assume putting some kind of mounts or cage into the 5.25" area makes sense, but the array of products is dizzying, and I'm not sure what additional cooling might be wise.

 

Thanks!

 

Pic of existing setup here:

 

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7 minutes ago, ChatNoir said:

You could use one 5.25 bay to add 2.5 drives, ideally SSDs. You can have between 4 to 8 2.5 drives in a 5.25 bay.

https://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=293

 

Or some 2.5 drives and a slim optical drive.

https://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=285

Thanks!  I'm looking specifically to add one 2.5 SSD (as a cache disk) and one 3.5" magnetic disk (as a regular pool disk).

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Here is what I used and have zero complaints with... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YQKHL8N/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

You could move 3-3.5's to the top, with their own cooling provided by the IcyDock and one 3.5 and SSD's in the lower cage.  The plastic runners in the lower cage should also accept 2.5" SSD's.  The fan on the IcyDock is adjustable.  The only thing with it is the front is not aesthetically pleasing, but in my case that is not an issue.

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