re-attatch the outer metal case. install the drive like you normally would into a computer. to open the tray, stick a paprtclip into the hole to force...
i turned an old computer dvd drive into storage. its a good use of an old drive, and it's a great hiding spot.
Step 1: Open. cut.
take apart the entire drive. you'll only need the outer metal case, the cd tray, the thing the tray slides in, and the faceplate. dremel off the front of the piece the tray slides in, and cut a big rectangle into the cd tray.