How to make a USB enclosure for a Laptop Optical Drive - OUT OF CARDBOARD!

I found myself in possession of a broken laptop that still had a perfect DVD-RW-DL drive, so I thought, "why not put it to good use?"

For this instructable you need:
-a functioning Laptop optical drive
-this USB adapter
-cardboard (18"x12" or so)
-masking tape
-measuring, cutting and marking tools

Step 1: Attach the USB Adapter

The adapter I ordered was from centrix
It came with the necessary screws and spacers to attach it. be sure and remove (and save) any screws and brackets originally attached to the drive.
Hey man, Very useful tut. I had a broken vaio laptop, and your instructable came out very handy. Actually very simple and just complete. I'd just add one thing, for those who, like me, don't live in the US, the adaptator is very expensive to import. Check on eBay, I got one for 10€...instead of 40. Btw, check out what I did with the screen ;) Have a nice day, and thanks once more
How did you find it on ebay, what words did you search for? <br>Thanks!
&gt; http://cgi.ebay.com/Laptop-Notebook-Slim-DVD-CD-USB-Adapter-mini-ITX-/220668475128?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&amp;hash=item3360ddb6f8<br>&quot;mini ITX dvd usb adapter&quot; are keywords that should get you something. Good luck !
Truly, the $50 for the shipment wrecked my motivation.. Searching now on eBay ;) Very nice tutorial, I'm about to buy a new netbook and I'm going to install Linux on a dual boot and the dvd drive makes it that easier, and I have an old DL DVD writer sitting here, so this was just the thing i was searching, thanks!
i was wondering if you could post a link to a guide for how to get power through a usb, im having a little trouble finding a straight answer from google.<br /> <br /> thanks<br />
This instructable worked for me. Thanks for the tip on the Centrix part. It worked great with an old optical drive from a Powerbook G4 12-inch.
could you explain how to "hack in" that 5v adapter into the USB cable. I theorized on how to do it, but didn't want to try it until I knew someone that knows how to do it, would show me.
You need a USB cable and the correct barrel plug. Most plugs require the "center positive" configuration. Clip the female end (device end) off of the usb cable and strip off the outer layer. There are 4 colored wires, and often a braided shielding. Ignore the white and green wires, they are the data. You may want to heat-shrink these individually so they don't contact anything. Strip the red and black wires, + and - respectively, and connect (solder) them to the adapter barrel's leads. Use a multimeter to verify whether the center is positive, and which wire that corresponds to. Often there is a white stripe running the length of one of the two wires to help you identify them. Use heat-shrink tubing to cover each solder joint and then a larger piece to conceal the entire connection. Most USB ports supply 100mA. Don't try to use this cable for anything that will draw more tan that, it will damage the USB port or the motherboard. Okie
Its funny I got a VAIO laptop DVD drive today for free and was thinking could I hack this. I google for the ports and what they do... then it comes to me Instructables and BAM An awesome hack thats so easy and complete its not even funny. The only thing I'm going to try different is to get a broken VAIO frame cut it and cover it in aluminum or epoxy. Thanks for the links You rock

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