Case Modding How-To

How to take it apart and put it back together

Get organized and it is so simple



The idea behind this How To is simple, here is the scenario… you just took apart the hard drive cage area and you have about 20 screws and like most people you probably placed them to the side and continued on to the next step, but your girl friend calls and wants some of your time and your rush out the door. By the time you get home its late and school or work comes awful early the next morning so it’s off to bed.  Works a drag and you get busy with your buddies afterwards, the new Game of Thrones is on and… I think you get the idea. Then when you do get a chance to go back to you PC and you see all the parts (well maybe most of them) and you think to yourself…”#%*@ where do this go again?”. With this How To I will explain to you a few ways on how to help solve this issue. And how do I know these tricks, trial and error of course.

As simple as it may seem one of the ways to remember how something came apart is to use a camera. We all have one on our phones or have a digital camera lying around. The hardest part about this is to remember to take the damn pictures. You get all rapped up in taking something apart and by the time you get half way through you haven’t taking a single image.

Here are some simple steps to do this one

Start with some images of the item all together from different angles and sides. Get a good 360 degree coverage of images. Even if you never take another picture you at least have something that might help you remember how it is suppose to look.

Take pictures of only the most import and complicated sections. There is no need to have images of how the side panel removes, but if you are taking apart all the wiring of the top control panel, then click away.

Don’t leave the pictures on the camera. Like anything else make a back of the images to your PC as you never know when someone else might pick up the camera, see that it is full and format the SD card.

So you have taken all the pictures you can to help jog you memory, but what do you do with the actual parts. There quite a few things and they are simple to do, again you just have to remember to do it.

Go into the kitchen and grab some sandwich bags. That’s right raid the kitchen for this treasure that will save many headaches and troubles. If you can grab a few of the smaller zip-lock sandwich bags and a couple of the larger ones (quart size) and keep them at your work space.

I suggest that you also use some the painters tape that you have, if not get some! Us the tape to tag the bags, boxes or event the parts themselves.

Supplies needed to keep yourself organized

Camera -Cell phone or a cheap point and shoot

Tape – Blue Painter Tape 

Marker – Black or other colors that can be read on blue tape 

Baggies – Ziploc baggies of different sizes  

Containers – Food containers either bought or saved   

Box – Save a couple of those Amazon boxes to keep stuff in  

Paper

 

 



Dewayne Carel

Dewyane began in the case modding scene when it was just starting out many years ago. He has created works for the likes of Cooler Master, ASUS, CPU Magazine, Razer, Zotac and more.

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