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Cheapest way to use internal DVD-RW drive externally? (<£15)


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#1 Elliot B.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 17:48

External DVD-RW drives are £25 new, but I have a excellent internal SATA DVD-RW drive here that won't fit in my case, so I was considering alternatives (enclosures/caddies etc.).

Enclosures for these drives (5.25" I believe? No idea) are not cheap!


#2 Fahim S.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:49

Seems like a bit of janky solution, but something like this?
clicky!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:51

Seems like a bit of janky solution, but something like this?
clicky!

£15 is still too much unfortunately :(

I think I'll just buy a £15 external DVD-RW drive from eBay and sell this internal one for £5.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:55

Not really a cheaper way of doing it as your 5.25" drives require a bit more power than USB can provide, so it's always going to involve a costly mains power supply.

#5 Fahim S.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 21:10

This one? Half the price...
http://www.ebay.co.u...2864#vi-content


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 21:15

This one? Half the price...
http://www.ebay.co.u...2864#vi-content

I was hoping for a kind of enclosure so the drive isn't so unprotected to the elements, if you know what I mean.

Thank you all for the options! I appreciate them :)

#7 Fahim S.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 21:19

I was hoping for a kind of enclosure so the drive isn't so unprotected to the elements, if you know what I mean.

Thank you all for the options! I appreciate them :)


I don't think you'll find one but good luck!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 21:40

I'd just get an external dvdrw drive. Like you stated, they are super cheap to buy.
I paid around 25 bucks for my portable ASUS DVDRW drive.