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xvimbi
Mar 13, 2008, 12:03 PM
Hi - I'm planning on putting the innards of a Mac Mini into a bigger enclosure to make an audio/video server. I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions about suitable enclosures. Here are my parameters:

the enclosure
- should ideally be horizontal and resemble stereo equipment
- should have a solid metal construction
- should accommodate two or more 3.5" hard drives
- should allow installing heat-reducing measures (heat sinks, fans, etc.)
- should contain an opening for an optical, tray-based drive
- may contain a small LCD screen (potentially touch screen), which must then be Mac-compatible

I have looked at Zalman, Silverstone and others, but I would welcome any other suggestions, including enclosures that are not necessarily made for computers but that could be adapted to host the components.

Thanks so much. Best - MM



tersono
Mar 13, 2008, 12:23 PM
Probably wouldn't fit your needs, but I have an old Mac Plus with external SCSI drive that I'm seriously thinking of fitting a mini, dual 3.5 HD and LCD screen into for use as a server. The only tricky bit would be the optical drive, but I figure I can probably dremel out the floppy slot for that....

My only problem is finding the time to actually do the mod!

xvimbi
Mar 13, 2008, 03:29 PM
I have seen such mods (Mac Plus, SE). For my application, though, I would be a bit worried about efficient cooling while keeping noise down. A PowerMac G5/MacPro chassis would be great as well. It's big, but at least it has all the proper buttons and openings. Best - MM

OllyW
Mar 13, 2008, 03:35 PM
http://blog29.fc2.com/h/hanabusa1/file/Mac-Pro-Mini-001s.jpg

http://blog29.fc2.com/h/hanabusa1/file/Mac-Pro-Mini-002s.jpg

http://blog29.fc2.com/h/hanabusa1/file/Mac-Pro-Mini-003s.jpg

http://blog29.fc2.com/h/hanabusa1/file/Mac-Pro-Mini-004s.jpg

Mac Mini Pro. Sadly it is just a one off but it's a nice piece of work.

More details here (http://www.123macmini.com/news/story/905.html) & here (http://hanabusa1.blog29.fc2.com/blog-entry-66.html).