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arashn.wili

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Hey guys this is my first time building my own pc, and i really loved the Nano S.
Tho i need to fit 3 3.5inch HDDs and 1 SSD in there, and i've only seen builds with 1HDD on the back and 1 on the bottom, so i was wondering if its possible to install the other one on the top with the fan setup like this picture.

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Hey guys this is my first time building my own pc, and i really loved the Nano S.
Tho i need to fit 3 3.5inch HDDs and 1 SSD in there, and i've only seen builds with 1HDD on the back and 1 on the bottom, so i was wondering if its possible to install the other one on the top with the fan setup like this picture.

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Why so many HDDs

In that small of a case average and max thermals would drastically increase due to HDDs producing heat and obstructing front air cooling fans.

The only HDDs I would suggest are 2.5 max of 2
 

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Why so many HDDs

In that small of a case average and max thermals would drastically increase due to HDDs producing heat and obstructing front air cooling fans.

The only HDDs I would suggest are 2.5 max of 2
I've come to horde a lot of stuff on my pc over the last 8 years so i just slapped on HDDs as i went on :\
I've seen a lot of builds with a 1 Front and 1 Back configuration so worst case scenario i'd imagine it would run like those right ? or maybe an intake of 2 120mm fans instead ?
and i didn't know HDDs would produce heat, is it really gonna be that bad ?
 

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I've come to horde a lot of stuff on my pc over the last 8 years so i just slapped on HDDs as i went on :\
I've seen a lot of builds with a 1 Front and 1 Back configuration so worst case scenario i'd imagine it would run like those right ? or maybe an intake of 2 120mm fans instead ?
and i didn't know HDDs would produce heat, is it really gonna be that bad ?
In that size of case with 3 of them, yes.

Bigger cases tend to have better air flow due to the ability of drives to be further from CPU, GPU and spacing between them. 3.5s do produce way more heat than 2.5s

You could always hook those other drives up via usb or esata HDD dock
 

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I'm sure it can be done, though the case is obviously not designed to mount a hard drive there. There isn't a way to put a mounting plate there for the 3.5" hard drive, so you'll have to improvise. Luckily the top has that vent cut in it, so you will probably get lucky and get a few of the screw holes to line up, allowing you to mount the HDD to the top of the case.

And don't worry about the heat. Yes, hard drives produce heat, but they don't produce a lot of it. A typical 7200RPM 3.5" HDD puts out about 15w of power when in use, that's really not a lot when you consider the whole computer. And if you have them set to spin down when idle, they put out next to no heat in that state. So, one extra 3.5" HDD is not going to be an issue. Especially not in a case with as good of airflow as the Nano S.

But, being your first time building a PC, I hope you understand some of the limitations that come with building a Mini-ITX system.
 
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