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    External optical drive enclosure

    Hi All,
    I'm after an external optical drive enclosure. Basically I'm downsizing from a bunch of PC, Mac and server kit to a single (iMac) box, and a VMWare server, so I need something with USB (to boot from) and preferably firewire (for the Mac).

    Does such an enclosure exist?

    Cheers.....

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    Re: External optical drive enclosure

    One of these?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Jou-J...io-Jack-output

    Or maybe...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Jou-J...RW-HDD-Blu-Ray

    I just picked up one of the above for general portable use. Seems to work well although a bit chunkier than some may like. There are variations that offer Firewire + USB2.0 instead of eSATA although I don't think Scan stock them.

    For slimline you could always grab one of these: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Akasa...optical-drives

    Then drop in a suitable slimline drive from: http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-...mline-Notebook

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    Re: External optical drive enclosure

    I already have the drive, and it's a full sized 5.25" optical drive, so I'm stuck with that. eSata is no use to me, I really need USB+Firewire.

    Thanks anyway....

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    Re: External optical drive enclosure

    Not the cleanest solution but....

    http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/item-detai...cts_id=1313066

    Failing that just buy on of these:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Samsu...DRW-TRU-Direct

    Brilliant value for money, USB powered so no mess. I've actually ditched my optical drive in main PC in favour of one of these. Used it once so far [when Windows got installed lol]

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    Re: External optical drive enclosure

    Not really an enclosure though!

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    Re: External optical drive enclosure

    I've been looking for a decent USB 5.25" enclosure for a while, and they just aren't available like they used to be.

    I want a black one for the LG HD-DVD/Bluray combo drive currently in my HTPC. haven't found anything suitable yet.

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