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I am missing an insert to cover an open expansion drive bay or slot bay

Explanation: There is a space in the case because there is an insert missing that should be covering an expansion slot, or a faceplate missing from a drive bay.

Diagnosis: The hole created in the case by the missing insert could make cooling on the inside of the case worse.


  • Get a replacement insert to cover the hole. The inserts for expansion cards are unchanged since the first IBM PC in 1981; steal one or two from an old "junkyard" PC, to have as spares in case you need them in the future. Drive bay faceplates are similarly easy to come by.
  • Ask a local PC vendor if they would be willing to spare you what you need; most shops that put together a lot of PCs have more of these than they know what to do with.
  • Use tape. Ugly, but it will do the job.

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