can fit snugly inside the case as you can see.
Luckily, the plastic enclosure of the cable had screws, so I could easily take
it apart and sodder wires to it.
I needed some extra wires, so I just cut and stripped some from these old USB
cables I had from my old motherboard.
Here is the row of LEDs I'm now going after. I want to hook them up and have
them running while the hard drive is in action. I planned on using half of them
for power (on all the time), and the other half for hard drive activity
(flickers when hard drive is busy).
After some elbow grease and a hacksaw, I got the row of LEDs off the board. I
left them on their own "little board" so they will be easier to manage.
It's hard to tell from this picture, but all those little silver spots in two's
will be the points where I will be soddering the wires to to hook all these LEDs
together in a row.
This is the halfway point, and this alone took about 45 minutes. My soddering
skills aren't as precise as they used to be, so it really looked like shit. But
I didn't care, no one would see them and as long as they worked, it'd be all
This is when all the soddering was done for the little board. This whole
procedure took the most time out of this entire project. I have them all
grounded together, and then half of them to one positive lead, and the other
half of them to another positive lead.
With most of the soddering done, I took a break from soddering, and drilled 4
holes in the bottom of the case so I could mount the hard drive to it (I
couldn't use the mounts on the sides because it was too skinny). Notice my 4th
hole didn't line up. Ah well, 3 is good enough.
Now hard drive is mounted and it's definitely not going anywhere.
After a little research, I found out that pin 39 was the lead for hard drive
activity. So just a quick soddered wire to that lead and it will connect to my 4
LEDs that light up when the hard drive is busy.
Here's everything almost completely wired up.
I used a hot glue gun to get the side wires to stay in place, and to mount the
"little board" with the LEDs. Now this way they will stay still and won't short
out on the frame either.