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    Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Hey all,

    I've just snagged myself one of these for £50: http://www.liteonit.eu/en/optical-st...r/ehbu212.html I went to get another drive but it was out of stock and they knocked some £££ off. The only issue really is that the other drive I was after was an internal drive, this is external.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas as to removing it? Is it simply a case of if I remove it I could just put it into my machine or could the connector possibly be different?

    I'd appreciate some input as I don't want to be taking the case apart to find out I can't. I can't access any downloads on the LiteOn site at the moment either.

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    Re: Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Depends if it is native USB3 or a SATA to USB bridge chip. If it is the latter, you can remove it and fit it as a normal internal drive.

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    Re: Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    Depends if it is native USB3 or a SATA to USB bridge chip. If it is the latter, you can remove it and fit it as a normal internal drive.

    You could still conntect a USB drive to the motherboard's internal USB headers, although if it uses power connectors other than the ones off a standard PSU that could be a little more complicated.

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    Re: Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Looks like it's a standard 5.25" drive in a case, whether or not you can get the case apart without damage is another matter.

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    Re: Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Sussed it out, it is indeed just a standard SATA drive.

    I made a little video if anyone is interested, it's not hard, but I thought I'd share it as there doesn't seem to be much info on the web.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w87q_ropn60

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    Re: Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Interesting stuff Danny. So now you have a BD drive and a USB3-Sata enclosure for £50? Bargain

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    Re: Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Its at pcworld,very good bargain http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/lite-o...y~RR~~10945094

    Tempted to get it as my internal drive has broke .
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    Re: Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Nice one. funny the way it's £10 cheaper than the internal drive, so for £10 less you get the drive and an external usb3 optical drive enclosure, which you could put your old DVDr/w in in case you need an external drive. (useful if you own a netbook or similar as they don't have an optical drive)

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    Re: Remove BD Drive from external enclosure

    Thanks for the thanks lads, it's appreciated, it wasn't too difficult at all and I'm just awaiting the arrival of some BD-Rs to test it out fully.

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