Printable SATA hot swap hard disk caddy

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Printable SATA hot swap hard disk caddy by ginge Apr 23, 2013
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This caddy system for 3.5" hard disks


  • Stackable
  • Fully 3d printed
  • hot swap

This is designed to fit into an existing enclosure, hence the non standard size. This will not fit into a 5.25" bay!

Video of it working


print the parts.
shell should be sliced at 0.2mm with single wall and 10% infill
everything else should be printed 0.2mm double wall 25% infill.

no supports required apart from ont he SATA backplane.

the lever is the hardest part to attach. You will need a nice long screw that has a small head. The head should not protrude over the top of the inner caddy tray.

it should be long enough to ready through to the bottom. Again it should not stick out of the bottom.

Once you have put the parts together, use superglue to attach the backplane of your choice. Currently there is only SATA.

Once glue is set, put a hard disk in the caddy, and push it into the shell.

Put the SATA connectors into the harddisk, and apply glue around the back SATA plate.

Wait for it to set.

DO NOT glue your had disk in the caddy!

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Can you fit 5 of thease is 4 5.25 in bays sideways like the hard drive cages they sell?

Exactly what I'm looking for, thank you!

Now to design a micro atx NAS enclosure to fit these in :)

That would be sweet! Good luck

Neat! I just posted a hard drive caddy, check it out: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:134024http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Hard Drive Caddy

This is very cool, I have been in the process of making one that would fit into a 5.5" drive bay, and could be staked. Turned out to be a bigger project than I thought! Can I use parts from your design? I am waiting on my printer to finish it's current print, then i'm going to print this out and give it a go.

It was designed in solidworks, so if you want the sldpart files, no problem.

That would be great, do you mind throwing them up on here? I am also thinking of making a 2.5" drive variant.

done. I threw this together in a rush, so the parts are a little rough and ready in places and are probably not fully constrained etc.