It was a fun day, trying to lay out the Panda server cluster again. With the original design each Panda daughter card mounted the laptop sized HD directly on it. With the dropping of the daughter card, I had to mount all of the HD’s in external SATA to USB containers, and then make mounts to hold all of them. That was a success but as you can well imagine it took up a lot of unplanned space. That space was supposed to hold the large regulated 5VDC power supply, the 12VDC power supply and the remote control relay board. Ha, no chance of that now.
What to do, what to do?
With lots of moving things around in the box I finally arrived at mounting all three items on the side of the case, looking at it from the front everything is mounted on the right hand side of the case. I made up templates of each item, put locater holes in each template and then took the side off the case and out to the drill press we go. Lots of drilling and then filing to remove burrs. Couple hours or so later, everything mounted cleanly. Nice, 4 hours rearranging stuff, drawing templates, 2 hours machine and mounting. Almost an entire day shot. Still I think it is going to be better then the original design with the daughter cards.