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)
-measuring, cutting and marking tools
Step 1: Attach the USB adapter
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.
Step 2: Preparing the enclosure
Place the drive upside-down on a piece of cardboard with at least 2 inches to spare on the sides. The drive tray should face you. Flush the edge of the metal case to the lowest edge of cardboard (make sure this edge is square). If the bezel is not rectangular, make sure it overhangs the front edge so he drive can fully close.
The footprint of the bare drive is 5" x 5.1" x .5" (width x depth x thickness).
Mark the sides and the back (with the USB adapter attached).
On the sides, make a parallel line twice the thickness of the cardboard (1/4' in my case), then 2 more parallel lines each the thickness of the drive plus one cardboard thickness (5/8" in my case).
In the back, mark a line parallel to it that is the overall thickness of the drive plus one thickness of cardboard (5/8" in my case). From there, extend the lines of the side measurement of the drive equal to the length and width of the first (top) piece. Leave space to add tabs before cutting.
When the shape is drawn, Cut the outline to match the photo.
Score the folding lines with a utility knife, not cutting all the way through, and with a straight-edge, fold them in. The sides will fold over twice and occupy the space created by the 1/4" wide fold.