Bay Covers

Written by Charles Peacock
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Building your own computer offers a lot of advantages, not the least of which is a high level of expandability. If you're constantly upgrading your computer and replacing parts, a self-built system can allow you to customize your system quickly and easily. If you're lucky, you've also chosen a PC case that gives you a lot of space for adding new pieces to your computer jigsaw puzzle.

What You Need Are Bay Covers

If you imagine yourself doing a lot of expanding and upgrading on your PC, it's a good idea to start with a PC case that has a lot of bays. Bays are basically the slots into which you place different parts: things like media drives, card readers and input interfaces. There are two types of bays: 5.25 inch bays and 3.5 inch bays.

When you buy a new PC case, it usually comes with bay covers over each of the empty bays. These are just pieces of plastic or metal that cover the empty hole and prevent dust from getting inside the PC. When you want to install a new drive, usually you just pop the bay cover out and slide the drive in. A few screws inserted into the sides of the drive keep it in place.

When you take your bay covers out, it's always a good idea to save them. There have been too many times that I've taken out an old drive, only to realize that I no longer have the bay cover to fill in the hole. Luckily, many online computer parts dealers actually sell bay covers in all different colors in case you need to replace one and don't have the original.


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