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More uses for leftover parts

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You know those front-panel/USB plugs to make it easy to disconnect the front panel buttons and lights from the motherboard headers? I had a few laying around, as well as some old motherboards.

I unsoldered one of the 2-port USB headers from the board and soldered it to an extra header plug to give me two internal USB ports. :)

Here are a few examples. An extra SATA port? Internal WiFi? Or maybe a ReadyBoost drive?

Here is the link to the SATA adaptor I used. My BIOS finds it, found the optical drive connected to it, and booted a CD off it. Windows 7 required no drivers and I can hot-swap HDDs from it. Oh, and it's only $6 shipped. http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-2-0-SATA-Br...044?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf6f73e94

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kciaccio

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Actually that would work great for my Unraid server thst boots from a flash drive dticking out the back of my csse. It would be nice to put it inside.
 
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Location
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Processor i7 2600k@4.6ghz
Motherboard MSI z68ma-ed55
Cooling Silentx Extreem 120mm
Memory 2x4gb XMS 7-8-7-20 1600
Video Card(s) HD6870
Storage 2x128gb Kingston Hyper-X (Raid0), 2x750gb RE3 (RAID1), 2x750gb RE3 (RAID1)
Display(s) Soyo 24", Gateway 22"
Case Fractal Design Arc Mini 6x120mm fans.
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Zalman 750w
Software Windows 7
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