The Linux Newbie – since 1996 blog is always ‘under construction‘. Just changed the name of a page, for example “Gadgets ‘n TidBits” to TidBits ‘n Gadgets. 😉 New name for that page sorta ‘Feels‘ better wid the new plan I have for it, i.e. adding recent posts involving hardware/components to it instead of occasionally just adding updates to the page.

Recently did a couple of posts on Computer Cases & another one ’bout building a Windows 11 PC wid junk. Was preparing another post that had a connection to those two, when I remembered having the “Gadgets ‘n TidBits” page, started wid the Gutenberg block editor (I’ve stopped using it).

That DIYPC MA01-R case is the worst case I’ve seen since 2006. Main problem was the advertised 13.20″ H x 6.80″ W x 14.00″ D measurements were not correct. The case is actually bigger than ‘Rose‘, and I would not have purchased it if I knew that! The DIYPC is 14 1/8th” tall wid the feet on, and over 13.75″ wid them off. The old $20 ROSEWILL Micro ATX Mini Tower model FBM-01 is a thousand-times better case, so I’ve given it the 16 GB’s of memory, and promoted it back to the main Intel test computer. Poor ‘Rose‘, I just never have shown it much respect, but always seem to go back to it. See my 10/26/2021 log on the *Karmi’s Daily Blog Log* page, and the hardware update on the Buy Low or BYOC – ‘Build Your Own Computer’ page.

Many of the newer computer cases don’t have any exterior bays at all!?!?!?! Makes finding one difficult, and that horrid DIYPC MA01-R case had just one, but I can work wid just one exterior bay these days. Here’s an example of an old computer’s bays:

OK, only Linux users use ZIP drives ‘n Floppy drives anymore, but those exterior bays can have newer stuff added to those old cases, if you like old stuff. Well, the Linux ‘Nanny might not allow changes like that tho…  😉

Fact is, I purchased that ROSEWILL Micro ATX Mini Tower model FBM-01 case in 2019, so it’s not old. Look at the exterior bays it has:

It’s smaller than that crappy DIYPC MA01-R case, has three exterior bays, and is much easier to work inside!

I now have ‘DIYPC‘ sitting in the back, down on bottom shelf next to ‘Rose‘, so it can watch all the work ‘Rose‘ gets in that front position on the Mobile Cart. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Was going to make it the TV computer to replace ‘Rose‘, but the Samsung 43″ TV couldn’t handle the Ryzen™ 5 3400G APU with Radeon™ RX Vega 11 Graphics…TV just kept blinking off and on trying to get the correct resolution. AMD products are almost always a pain. Anyway, turned out to be the perfect spot for the rarely used SFF ‘InWin‘ computer.

Handy ‘Tids & Gads

First up: Vantec 3.5-Inch to 5.25-Inch Front Bay Converter Kit (HDA-525P).

I grabbed three of them on sale for $3.84 each. Was shifting some of the bay devices around on ‘Rose‘, and moved the Kingwin SSD/HDD Internal SATA Tray-Less Hot Swap Mobile Rack Cage from a 3.5″ bay to a 5.25″ bay. Here’s what the Kingwin looks like:

The horrid AMD ‘DIYPC‘ computer was going to get those upgrades, but put an old spare StarTech Hot Swap Bay in instead:

Technology improves so fast…I have 2-3 of those “old” Hot Swap Bays in the shed, having replaced them wid newer bays. That old spare StarTech Hot Swap Bay requires one of these if you use a SSD drive:

They are OK, but suk when compared to the newer hardware.

I only have interior drives on my Dell laptop & ‘Antec Jr.‘, and they are the PCIe M.2 NVMe type of drives that are not easy to “Hot Swap.”  😉

Second up: 3.5″ to 5.25″ Front Bay Adapter – Mount 3.5″ HDD in 5.25″ Bay.

Those were on sale for $5.52 each, and I bought three of them also. I like the Vantec better and used one yesterday. Both types look good though, wid Vantec having more screw selections to choose from, plus that 3.5″ blank that can come in handy when needed.

I’ve been fabricating ‘n customizing junk for decades, to get components into bays, and am tired of doing it. These two adapters are easy to work wid ‘n excellent!


I had other components to talk about, but will save them for later. In the future, these TidBits ‘n Gadgets posts are going to be shorter quick ‘n easy posts, that will just focus mainly on one handy component or hardware.

Will add this post to the TidBits ‘n Gadgets page, in the ‘Tids & Gads‘ new section.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!