Best Cases for Hard Drive Storage

Here’s the deal:

You’re here because you want a PC case with a ton of hard drive storage space.

I was in your position the last time I wanted to upgrade my PC - I had too many games, and not enough storage.

There’s not much good information on the web, mostly just forums and poorly written product pages in broken English.

That’s why I’ve compiled the ultimate list of the best PC cases for hard drive storage on the market in 2020.

Let’s dive in:

5 Best PC Cases for Hard Drive Storage

Here’s a table of the top 5 best options on the market:

Case Image See Case
Fractal Design Node 804 Fractal Design Node 804 case View on Amazon
Thermaltake View 91 fractal design r5 View on Amazon
Fractal Design R5 View on Amazon
Corsair 750D corsair 750d View on Amazon
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG phanteks enthoo pro m tg View on Amazon

Now let’s take a look at each case in more detail.

But first:

Quick Tip

If you're building a gaming PC for the first time or you want to learn more about choosing the right case for your build, check out our guide.

You'll learn everything you need to know, and then some.

Alright, now back to the guide!

All Around Best PC Case for Hard Drive Storage

Pros
  • Compact
  • Great airflow
  • Tons of storage space
  • Awesome side panel window
Cons
  • Cable management
Type
mATX
Airflow
Great
Design
Great
Window
Yes
Spacious
Great
Noise
Quiet

The Node 804 from Fractal Design also made an appearance on our page about the best PC cases for NAS systems, and for good reason.

You can fit up to eight 3.5” drives in this small Micro ATX case, not to mention its two 2.5” drive bays on the front panel and two 2.5”/3.5” drive bays on the bottom of the case.

Although a larger case is probably best in terms of storage space, I decided to choose the Node 804 as the best all around pick thanks to its clever design.

Despite being so small, it manages to have great cooling options, loads of drive space, and it doesn’t break the bank.

Twelve 3.5” Bay Computer Case

Pros
  • Huge case
  • Great airflow
  • Tons of storage space
  • Awesome side panel window
  • Sick RGB lighting
Cons
  • Price
Type
ATX
Airflow
Great
Design
Great
Window
Yes
Spacious
Great
Noise
Quiet

Thermaltake made a case that looks good and performs better - from design to storage space, you can’t beat the View 91.

And can we take a moment to talk about the sheer magnitude of this beastly case? It’s huge!

Perfect for enthusiasts that want a boat load of storage space for drives and lots of room for water pumps, cooling fans, graphics cards, etc.

PC Case with Lots of 3.5” Bays

Pros
  • Traditional case
  • Sturdy
  • Design
  • Modularity
  • Plenty of dust filters
Cons
  • Non standard looking 5.25" bay covers
Type
ATX
Airflow
Great
Design
Great
Window
Yes
Spacious
Great
Noise
Quiet

The Define R5 can house up to eight hard drives in its drive cage, which supports both 3.5” and 2.5” drives.

At the core level, the Define R5 is just an improvement on previous models in the series.

But considering how awesome the Define series is, the R5 is nothing short of excellent.

PC Case with 6 Drive Bays

Pros
  • Spacious
  • Cable management
  • Six 3.5" drive bays
  • Good price
Cons
  • Airflow could be better
  • Parts of the design could be better
Type
ATX
Airflow
Okay
Design
Good
Window
Yes
Spacious
Great
Noise
Quiet

This case has 6 drive bays that are compatible with both 3.5” and 2.5” drives, in addition to four dedicated 2.5” drives and three 5.25” optical drive bays.

Quick Tip

Since this case has 5.25" bays (despite most companies doing away with them entirely) you can even add a hot swap modification for your case, allowing you to hot swap hard drives whenever you want.

For more information on hot swappable PC cases, check out our guide.

The 750D is a step down from the monstrous 900D, but still has enough room for a lot of hard drive storage space and a bunch of cooling fans too.

Cheap PC Case for Hard Drive Storage

Pros
  • Spacious
  • Airflow
  • Tons of storage space
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Flexible side panels
  • Drive bays mostly not included
Type
ATX
Airflow
Great
Design
Great
Window
Yes
Spacious
Great
Noise
Quiet

This mid-range PC case is a terrific all around case for hard drive storage, if you’re willing to spend a bit of extra money on the drive mounts.

It supports up to eight 3.5” hard drive bays and up to three dedicated 2.5” drive bays.

Case Image See Case
Fractal Design Node 804 Fractal Design Node 804 case View on Amazon
Thermaltake View 91 fractal design r5 View on Amazon
Fractal Design R5 View on Amazon
Corsair 750D corsair 750d View on Amazon
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG phanteks enthoo pro m tg View on Amazon

PC Cases for Hard Drive Storage Video

Case Reviews

We’re going to take a look at each case in a bit more detail.

Let’s jump in:

Fractal Design Node 804

Here’s what the regular drive cages look like:

Node 804 Drive Bays

Source: Linus Tech Tips

And here’s what the drive bays mounted on the bottom of the case look like:

Node 804 Drive Bays on the bottom of the case

Source: Linus Tech Tips

Its front has a brushed aluminum design with a nice curviture to it.

In additon, the right hand size has two USB 3 ports, headphone/microphone jacks and a slimline optical drive that hides inside the front bezel.

The front panel drive bays are behind the front panel, right in front of two dual 120mm dust filters.

This thing has dual 120mm fan mounts on each side, which is pretty bad ass for such a small case. In fact, the Node 804 has 10 fan mounts total available for you.

Node 804 Case Fans

Source: Linus Tech Tips

All in all, this case has plenty of drive space, great airflow, and a sturdy design.

My only complaint is cable management. Because the case uses so much space for case fans and drive bays, it seems like cable management was a bit neglected.

Nevertheless, crafty cable managers will figure it out just fine, and cable management doesn’t have a tremendous impact on performance anyway.

For more information on cable management and airflow, check out our guide!

Thermaltake View 91

As you can see from the pictures, it’s probably one of the sexiest cases around.

thermaltake view 91 TG RGB

Source: Blue Smoke Gamer

However, if you want to run a custom water loop in the case or something like that, the drive bays can be easily removed. Simply unscrew them from the case and they’ll slide right out.

Both sides of the case have tempered glass panels which swing open on hinges, and can be easily removed.

thermaltake view 91 TG RGB side panels

Source: Blue Smoke Gamer

The top of the case has plenty of room for fans or a radiator if you choose, and the front of the case ships with three 120mm RGB fans pre-installed.

On the right side of the case you’ll find two more 4 x 120mm fan brackets, identical to the set on the top of the case.

On top of that, the View 91 has a vertical GPU mount pre-installed, which will make your life way easier if you want to display your graphics card through the side of the case.

thermaltake view 91 TG RGB vertical GPU mount

Source: Blue Smoke Gamer

Most PC cases require a special vertical GPU moutn attachment and a riser cable. But if you don’t want to mount your GPU vertically, the vertical mount can be easily removed as well.

The back of the case has 10 expansion slots, as this case will support up to an XL ATX standard motherboard.

All in all, this case has more than a dozen fan mounts and storage bays for your hard drives, making it one of the best cases for hard drive storage if you can afford it.

Fractal Design R5

Screws hold the case’s modular hard drive bays into place, making it easy to remove them if you choose.

But since you’re looking for a PC case with plenty of drive storage, this bad boy can support up to eight hard drives (3.5” and 2.5”) in addition to two 5.25” drives.

Define r5 drive config

Source: Linus Tech Tips

The drives can be mounted in a multitude of different configurations, as the case’s mounting options are incredible.

Plus, the rear of the motherboard panel has room for dual solid state drives as well.

You can configure your drives in any which way you like with room left over for cooling radiators.

Thanks to the case’s modularity, you it fits 120mm and 240mm raditaors on the top, front, or bottom of the case, which is pretty bad ass if you ask me.

Define r5 drive radiator

Source: Linus Tech Tips

The Define R5 is also the first case in this series to have ample cable management room, which is a big win in my book.

Not only will you have plenty of drive storage, but you’ll also have enough room for all of your cables.

Corsair 750D

Corsair is a well-respected brand in the PC gaming community, because they consistently create kick ass products. The 750D is no different.

This case excels in terms of hard drive storage space. Its drives can be configured differently, or removed altogether.

drives

Source: Hardware Canucks

As you can see, the 750D dwarfs in size compared to the 900D, but that’s to be expected considering the 900D is a full tower case:

corsair 750d and 900d comparison in size

Source: Hardware Canucks

Behind the brushed aluminum finish front panel of this case you’ll find two 120mm fans and a removable dust filter.

The top of the case also features a large magnetic dust filter, with plenty of fan mounting options below. In addition to having plenty of hard drive storage, the 750D is great for dusty environments.

top of the case

Source: Hardware Canucks

Unfortunately, the front panel of the case sits only a few inches in front of the fans, which will definitely choke them and have an effect on airflow.

That issue aside, the case does look pretty damn good. It doesn’t have any fancy LED lighting by default, but that’s something you can definitely add.

However, this case still looks good without having to be flashy.

It’s got a huge tempered glass side panel window, and a pretty sleek design as well, in addition to great cable management.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG

There is enough room for up to eight 3.5” bays to easily be added with simple mounting brackets, but those brackets do not come with the case and must be purchased separately.

enthoo pro m front on view

Source: Hardware Canucks

However, two drive brackets at the top of the case, in addition to a single 2.5” bracket behind the motherboard tray come included.

You’ll notice there isn’t a standard drive cage, allowing air to flow freely from the front of the case.

But this allows you to install drives with flexible mounting options in any of the five spots.

enthoo pro m front inside view

Source: Hardware Canucks

You can mount them on top or bottom and out of the way, or move them in the center so they’re cooled by the fans.

It’s totally up to you, which is a nice feature.

The Pro M also features a tempered glass side panel window, not to mention plenty of room for radiators, graphics cards, CPU coolers, your power supply, etc.

It is a midtower case with support for E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX form factors.

One thing I don’t like about this case is how flimsy the side panels are.

enthoo pro m front inside view

Source: Hardware Canucks

Although the rest of the case’s structure is quite sturdy, the panels have a bit more flex than I’d like on a case at this price point.

Still, the value for the money is pretty insane at this price point, and you’d be hard pressed to find a case that can offer more, for less.

The I/O has two USB 3 ports, audio jacks and the reset button on the side, with the power button on the top.

enthoo pro m front io panel

Source: Hardware Canucks

Phantex has done a great job with wiring as well.

Behind the front panel there’s a removable dust filter that covers the front intake.

enthoo pro m front dust filter

Source: Hardware Canucks

However, you’ll still have to perform periodic maintanence, as the side ventilation is behind the dust filter which will allow dust to enter the case.

The top has a large magnetic filter as well that covers the entire ventilation area.

The front of the case supports triple 120mm fans or dual 140mm with the mounting strips.

There’s only a single 140mm fan included with this case, meaning you’ll need to populate the case with your own fans.

enthoo pro m included fan

Source: Hardware Canucks

On top of the case, Phanteks uses a removable bracket solution which is brilliant and makes installation far easier.

All in all, this thing is pretty solid and you can’t go wrong, especially if you want a case designed for custom hard drive storage.