Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm looking for a way to mount a Thunderbolt Hard Drive to the back of a Cinema Display. I remember seeing a way for a hard drive to be mounted to the original monitor stand, but I am using this Sanus monitor stand below.

Can anyone think of a way to mount a hard drive to the monitor or stand and still keep the ability to rotate the monitor 90 degrees?

enter image description here

share|improve this question

I don't know of any commercial products, but two ideas occur to me.

You use some strong adhesive/double sided tape, combined with Velcro (you'd want a large patch, nit just a couple panels) or zip ties to attach the drive to the back of your display. This would probably work better with a 2.5" drive, but a 3.5" might be feasible if you had strong enough adhesive. The catch is that it whatever you stick to your display would most likely be permanent.

Alternatively, making/adapting some sort of shelf that attaches to the VESA mount point would probably work well. I'm thinking a metal bracket of some sort that would fit between the display bracket and mount, with a shelf at the top, to which you could zip tie or otherwise attach the drive, to allow for rotation. This would probably be more elegant and non-permanent, but you'd need to scrounge or be able to make the appropriate parts.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.