Once in a while i enjoy a bit of dumpster diving, and I get most of my parts/components for projects this way.
I found an external SONY DVD R/RW 2 days ago, but there was no cables. I don't need an external drive, so i don't even bother to scrounge some up. Also the casing was battered abit and really filthy.
Step 1: Disassembly
1 - Pull of the rubber feet (pic 1 & 2)
2 - Press down on the levers, then press in up so they dosen't lock. Do this one at a time (pic 3)
3 - Pull off the casing (pic 4)
4 - Screw out the screws, and remove the metal shield (pic 4 & 5)
5 - Pull out the drive, so you can take off the cables. (pic 6 & 7)
6 - Done (pic 8) Now you need to install it on your PC.