While I can't tell you the brand of DVD I used in this project, I can tell you, almost every one I have taken apart has been built the same, and I've taken lots apart.
What You Will Need:
1. A drive to stealth
2. A small normally open push button switch (Salvaged from an old stereo receiver)
3. An LED (I used Radio Shack Model: 276-041 5mm Red)
4. A male and female four pin floppy drive connector (abbreviated *f-d-c* in this structable)
5. Some wire
6. Soldering iron and solder
7. A drill with bits the diameter of the switch and LED
8. A phillips screwdriver
9. A good epoxy
10. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
This is a project that can be accomplished by anyone with some basic skills. So grab your tools and let's get started.
Step 1: Mounting the Switch and LED
f-d-c is, just look at the power connector on any floppy drive, or the parts list on the first page. You can salvage these from and old system or buy new at Radio Shack or your local computer store.
There is really not a lot I can tell you about this step, as the choice of mounting locations will vary, depending on you and where you want to mount them. I would like to talk about the switch a little though.
To operate the drive tray, you need a normally open, push button switch. You can purchase this at your local parts store, or, you can salvage one like I did. I happened to have an old receiver that I had just scavenged for parts. The front panel had just the switch I needed. I tested the switch and simply unsoldered it from the circuit board. The testing part is very important if you scavenge your switch. Use a continuity checker to test the switch while it is still mounted to the circuit board. Touch the poles of your switch with your probes of you checker. Make sure you are on the poles of the switch and not the mounting tabs. If your checker beeps, and you are not pushing the switch, it is a normally closed switch and will not work. Just try another switch.
Now just one other thing. When wiring your f-d-c, remember, two post for the switch, two for the LED.
IMPORANT!!! Make sure you keep + and - straight on the LED wiring. It must match at both connectors!
I used a green/white combination for the LED and red/black for the switch.
Next we will start working on the drive itself.
Step 2: Wiring the Optical Drive
f-d-c to the back of the drive using hot glue or silicon. I use these because they are easy to remove should I need to change the drive. Now simply clip the circuit board in place and replace the cover and we are ready to go. At this point it is a good idea to hook it all up and make sure it working properly.
Next we will attach the bay cover to the disk drawer.
Step 3: Attaching the Bay Cover
The original drawer front was rounded so I first sanded the front flat. Make sure this is parallel to your case front as the bay cover will be glued to this. If it is to far off the cover will be tilted. Next I slid the original drawer front onto the drawer and applied double sided tape. I then pushed the drive into the case past it's normal position. After replacing the case bezel I centered the bay cover in place using paper spacers. Sorry this is where I wish I had more pictures. I then held the whole thing in place with a piece of duct tape. Holding my hand against the bay cover, I pushed the drive forward until it made contact with the bay cover. After removing the tape and spacers, I simply applied power, opened the drawer, and slid off the original drawer front with the bay cover attached. Laying the bay cover flat, and using an awl, (or any pointy scratcher) I outlined the original drawer front. I then separated the two and removed all tape and residue. With everything clean, I epoxied the original drawer front to the bay cover in the space I scribed earlier. Now, if I ever have to, I could slide this onto another drive.
I was now finally ready to put this thing all together.
Oh! One thing NOT to do! DO NOT use super glue on plastic!My covers had a mesh over them that was held on by the tabs I removed. "No problem", I thought, "I will simply super glue them on!" BAD IDEA! The super glue turned my nice shiny black into a crusty looking white. "Arrrrrrgggggggg"
I had to sand it down and paint it to get rid of it. *Added benefit: I stuck the mesh on while the paint was wet. It worked better than the glue!
Step 4: Put It All Together
I hope you found this Instructable useful and informative and I hope you have as much fun hiding your drive as I did.
Please note, this could be accomplished with any number of power connectors and switches. The kind of connector or switch you use is up to you. Just make sure your momentary switch is normally open and you remember +/- on the LED.
*** Use caution when reaching in your case with the power on. While the voltage is low, you could still get shocked, or perhaps fry one of the circuits.
Thanks for reading, comments welcome!