Sunday arvo modding - OCZ Vertex II SSD perspex cover

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  1. BlueRaven

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    Hey guys, here's what I got up to this afternoon...

    The patient, an OCZ Vertex II SE 60GB:
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    Oh noes! I think I mite hav void my wurantee! :wired:
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    Let's be having that cover off...
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    PCB removed and about to be placed in anti-static bag for safekeeping. All the tiny little screws are back in their original locations too, so I don't lose them.
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    Drilled out the mounting holes so I can use M3 hex socket bolts straight through the new top, the housing, and the panel I'm going to mount it to. Seemed like the easiest mounting solution.
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    New perspex top cut with the jigsaw
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    Through-drilling to line up the bolt holes on the perspex
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    Top fitted with some temprorary bolts, housing sides masked up
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    Squaring and flushing the edges/rounding off the corners of the perspex with 180 grit paper
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    PCB reinstalled
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    Finished mod with original sticker reapplied. Not super happy with the sticker, might try to etch the OCZ logo on the perspex instead at some point.
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    No flash
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    Installed and working
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    I'm planning to mount this in my project build, behind the front panel mesh right above the pump window.

    Thanks for reading, feedback welcomed. Cheers,
    CJ
     
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  2. tgluak

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    Love it, maybe not as cool as seeing the moving parts in a HDD but still awesome.
     
  3. Madchimp

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    Damn my shaped net.... I can't see a thing :(
     
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    thanks for linking the facebook :) made it alot easier. took minutes to load the tonne of photos, went to facebook - less than a few seconds :D
     
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    Sweet :thumbup:

    I will try to remember in future that not everyone is on ADSL2+ and people can be shaped etc... :)
     
  7. Madchimp

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    Not a worry as my net rolled over during the night. That looks wicked!

    I'd lose the sticker though, as it's hiding about 80% of the awesomeness.... :leet:

    You should shoot a copy of the "no flash" pic to OCZ. Who knows, maybe they'll starting making SSD's with perspex covers as that really, really, looks the biz!!
     
  8. MyDixiesNormous

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    Lol at the sticker.
     
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    I reckon a tasteful LED or two could look cool but who knows. Last HDD I tried putting a perspex cover on was a mechanical one and it died :lol:

    He might get something free too :D
     
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    or be raged at for voiding the warranty...

    haha :p
    Serious though, that looks damn sexy xD
     
  11. alch

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    Do this with a normal HDD and I might be impressed.
     
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    exactly what I was going to ask, might give it a whirl with an old IDE Hardrive I have around :D.
     
  13. Madchimp

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    Nah, the LED's already on it look good enough :)

    It won't be working for long.....
     
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    Looks awesome! How much thicker is it than it was originally?

    Yep... Good luck keeping it free of dust. :Paranoid:
     
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    Cheers for the comments guys... I know it's nowhere near as impressive as a platter drive mod, but I'm stuck on my build waiting for parts ATM and had some free time Sunday afternoon, so I thought "why not?" I've wanted to try an IDE drive mod for a while and have an old one I could use, but there isn't really anywhere to show it off in my build. Whereas the SSD fits like a bought one where I plan to put it, and will be visible behind mesh.

    The sticker is temporary, going to try my hand at etching an OCZ logo into the top next weekend. I looked at putting some leds in to backlight the etching, gonna have to be SMDs and i'm not sure where i'll mount them yet. The green power LED is pissing me off, it's not in theme for the project, so I might have a look at modding or removing it and maybe fitting some more... just in case there's any persistent vapour cloud of warranty still floating around this drive :D Keeping it looking tidy will be a challenge.

    It's 3mm perspex, got it from Gammods.... soooooo, I'm guessing it's about 3mm thicker :lol: The perspex sits on top of the housing, where the original metal cover had cutouts for the mounting flanges and sat recessed and flush with the housing.

    EDIT: Anyone know how to change a thread title? That typo is pissing me off!
     
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    Maybe having a vac running with the hose right next to the drive? though I doubt it.... :sick:
     
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    If you press EDIT, then GO ADVANCED you should be able to do it. :thumbup:
     
  18. Onyx

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    Clicked on the link from OCAU newspage - awesome idea BlueRaven. And well executed.

    At first I thought you had just stuck the SSD components onto your computer's case side window, because of the sticker there. Then, I saw that you actually windowed the SSD itself!
     
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    Looks really nice :thumbup:
     
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    That is super sexy IMO :thumbup:
     

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