best way to *mount* external hard drive onto the back of imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by garyleecn, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

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    does anyone has any good idea on how to **physically** mount an external hard drive (seagate/wd kinda stuff) on the back of the iMac, so it stays there as Time Machine back up disk.

    i tried the backpack from twelve south, but it's too taking too much space horizontally, i want something maybe mount vertically instead of horizontally like the backpack.
     
  2. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    Yep, just make sure to apply the stickers for 24 hrs before trying to hang the disks so the disks don't drop to the table. :)
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    Velcro strips.

    Or, just let it "hang loose" behind the iMac.
    Stuff like that doesn't bother me.
    You'd shriek if you saw my desk… ;)
     
  4. hfg macrumors 68040

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    Velcro strips or dots work fine:

    iMac attached disk drive.jpg

    That is the Seagate 4TB RAID0 bus powered drive on an all-SSD iMac.
     
  5. IngerMan macrumors 6502a

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    I just let my Passport sit behind the screen that I actually never see unless I really bend to look for it. It is functional so for me that is good enough. IMG_0223.JPG
     
  6. garyleecn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hey guys, thanks for all your input.

    seems like the AluRack was the closest to what I'm looking for, however it's discontinued by the manufacturer, so, no go.

    and then i went to thingverse, and found a great STL, and turns out i can print a rack myself with my 3d Printer.
    my 4tb drive was a little bit thicker than the rack at first, but after some minor adjustment, it works perfect now.


    for those who also want one of those, just PM me, i'm happy to print some for you guys.

    IMG_1127.JPG IMG_5946.JPG
    and here's how it looks
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    That 3D printed bracket is a very handy solution!
     
  8. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    That's one of the first genuinely useful things I've ever seen printed with a home model 3D printer. Congrats!
     
  9. HallStevenson macrumors 6502a

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    Simple and effective

    2016-09-09 12.09.37.jpg

    The tie-wrap is fairly tight. Because the stand is tapered (gets wider at the bottom), the drive or tie can't slide down any further. The tie-wrap actually ends up "tighter" if you push it downward.
     
  10. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Is that a 3D printed zip-tie? :p
     
  11. HallStevenson macrumors 6502a

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    No, it's not as cool as anything 3D-printed :p

    I used to do 3D-modeling and we had a 3D printer but nothing like the ones available today (no personal stuff was allowed either). I found the one on thingverse as I was curious what held it in place and the only thing that does is 'tension' (like my tie-wrap solution !).
     

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