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Ultimate Geek

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#265457 22-Jan-2020 14:02
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I have a Liteon internal DVD drive taken from a PC case.  It is a 5.25" form factor (full height) and I am looking to put it into an external USB drive enclosure.


Looking at PB Tech, Paradigm PC and the like, there is nothing other than 'slimline' enclosures thyat are simply too small.


Looking at Aliexpress I see this:,searchweb201602_1,searchweb201603_55


Is this worth looking at?  Are there any NZ-based suppliers for this?


Thanks in advance.



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Ultimate Geek

  #2404684 22-Jan-2020 15:12
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instead of a now uncommon enclosure for an old drive, won't it be easier (cheaper?) to get a new usb dvd drive?





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  #2404724 22-Jan-2020 15:36
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I appreciate your suggestion but this is the drive that I have:


If possible I would prefer to re-use it in an external case.  Buying an external replacement is my 2nd preference.




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  #2404729 22-Jan-2020 15:41
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OMG I may have one, it may be old and i'm not sure where it is. I'll have a look... If I find it, it's all yours

I'm not a complete idiot, I still have some parts missing.

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  #2404752 22-Jan-2020 16:20
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Maybe forgo the enclosure part and just use a SATA to USB cable, like this? Not as pretty but should do the job, and those type of cables are easily available in NZ if you need it quickly.

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  #2404803 22-Jan-2020 17:35
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These used to be all over Trade Me. Are there really no more?



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Ultimate Geek

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  #2404898 22-Jan-2020 18:42
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Fairly difficult to search for a device such as this and optical disk drives are not a current technology....



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  #2411524 2-Feb-2020 13:27
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An update for anyone interested.  Thanks to @littlehead I widened my search and found this:


The DVD drive has a standard SATA connector set and the additional (IDE) sockets will come in handy.  Ordered from Amazon and delivered in just over a week.  Works perfectly.



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