Computer cases without optical drive bays?

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  1. mzeitlin3348

    mzeitlin3348 See it and Believe

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    I am getting ready to replace my computer case with a new one so I can more easily swap disk drives.
    I like the glass ones from Corsair
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811139087

    but notice that there is no bay for a DVD/CD burner? I read that these are obsolete and unnecessary !
    I still have lots of CD's I am 'digitizing' to play through my DAC and home network and to my old vintage gear. I also back up my system and burn recovery disks. I don't understand why there are no optical drive bays?

    Can someone recommend a cool computer case - clear - that has optical drive bays?
    Thanks
     
  2. racca

    racca Active Member

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    There aren't many options.

    The In Win 509 has a tempered glass side and front, and an external 5.25" bay:
    https://www.inwin-style.com/en/gaming-chassis/509

    There's also the Thermaltake Tower 900, which definitely falls under the "clear" definition:
    http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002974

    Honestly, though, your best option is probably to buy the Corsair case that you like and use an external USB DVD/CD burner. The market has moved on to where backups are done in the cloud, and recovery disks are made using USB keys.
     
  3. ghazzer

    ghazzer Sansui addict Subscriber

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  4. Stefus_Prime

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    I use an Antec 900 which has several bays, I believe there is a new variant out which should have the bays still. If you;'re fine with shelling out some cash I reccomed you check out Lian Li, they have all sorts of cool Aluminum cases in just about any shape or size.
     
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    314carpenter New Member

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  6. c.coyle

    c.coyle Fighting the Dunning-Kruger Effect Subscriber

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    Outboard drives are easy to find and cheap. That's what I did when I bought a slender new notebook. I think it was $30 and it's fine for ripping CDs.
     
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    squirrelnest Addicted Member

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    I bought a new HP laptop at Costco.....It has a dvd/cd burner, that was a must.
     
  8. o_rod

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    I have one of these Thermaltake Armors and it's by far the most versatile cases I've owned for swapping any type of hardware in and out. Hard drives, disc drives take seconds to add/move/replace, lots of configuration options.
     
  9. willyrover

    willyrover Super Member

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    I would seriously consider this option. You could then buy any case you like and plug in the optical drive as needed.
     

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