How to make internal dvd drive external?
I am trying to figure out if you could take a dvd drive from a laptop and make it external for the same computer.I have a Dell Inspiron 1150 that I want to put in a heavy duty plastic carry case(like a suitcase),I plan on using it for camping and so on.I am going to take the laptop appart and have only the touch pad,keyboard and on/off button showing when you open up the case,so it will look like the army ones.I am also going to extend the wires from the body so I can stick the screen on the roof in the inside of the case,then I will add two computer speakers on each side of the screen,so it will be like a little cinema,when you open up the case.
My biggest problem is I will most likely use it to watch dvd's but if I put it in a plastice box and make a custom cover , so you only see the keyboard and touch pad, I wont be able to access the dvd drive to put dvd's in unless I pull the whole laptop body out.
Is there any suggestions on what I should do, Should I pull the drive out and place it some where easy to access it by extending the wires, like the screen, or can you make it so it's a usb connection?
I know this sounds stupid but I like the look of the army laptops,ever since I watched 'Green Zone' where Matt Damon uses one.
Cheers for any help