Next you insert these poles into the HDD’s standard mounting holes. Each pole has a metallic core wrapped into a thick layer of soft rubber.
Then you lay the HDD down to the damping pads and insert it into the case, fitting the poles into the respective grooves. And finally, you close the locks on the front grooves to fix the HDD firmly in place.
HDDs are installed into the bottom cage of the front rack in an original, yet simple way, too. The cage consists of four tiers of freely rotating rollers that HDDs roll in on. Similar rollers press the HDD from above and smaller rollers do the same from the sides. The rollers are wrapped into a soft material. As a result, the HDD finds itself squeezed firmly between two bottom, two top and two side rollers.
It is the additional front roller that finally secures the HDD in place. Lifting it up, you open the way for the HDD to get inside. When you lower it, the HDD is fixed in its place. The roller bends noticeably at that.
If you need to fix the HDDs as hard as possible, there are discs with cutouts at the ends of the rollers. You can align the cutout with the opening in the rack and insert the thumbscrew you can see nearby. As a result, the front roller is fixed and the HDD, too.
Finally, we want to say a few words about the included ZM-MC1 system. It is the power adapter you can see in the left of the photo above. You can use this adapter to connect the front-panel fans to 12V or 5V by simply choosing the necessary pair of connectors in the adapter. You can hardly connect those fans directly to the mainboard because their cables are too short to get around the HDD cage.
We had no problems installing our components into the GT1000. As often with compact system cases, laying the cables out neatly, especially at the bottom, may be difficult. You should connect the front-panel I/O interfaces before installing your HDDs into the bottom seats because the latter will block the access to the mainboard’s bottom part. This is an expected tradeoff for the opportunity to fit so many HDDs into such a small system case. In an assembled GT1000 it is also going to be difficult to access the SATA ports that are usually located in the bottom right corner of a mainboard.
The Z-Machine has fans with red highlighting and the look of the system case working in a dimly lit room once again reassured us that the exterior design is its key feature.