Mounting a Hard Drive in a CDROM Case




 In this Instructable I will show you how to take apart a CDROM case apart so you can mount a SATA or IDE Hard Drive inside.
This can be useful for homemade external hard drives, and it can be a convinient storage place for an extra internal hard drive. 


Step 1: Things You Will Need

-Screwdriver set.
-Cooling fan (optional).
-Hard Drive.
-Scrap Leather.

Step 2: Unscrewing the Housing

The first thing you will need to do is unscrew the CDROM'S Housing.
Keep the screws because you will need them for later.
 Once you take out the screws, the plate should easily slide off.

Step 3: Snap the Flap!

Before you can remove the face plate you must snap off the 

You can use a screwdriver or anything flat that you can slide underneath.

Step 4: Prying the Plate Off.

Once the top of the plate is unscrewed it's time to, pry the 
plastic plate of the front.

You will notice there is two clips on the side holding the plate onto
the housing, slowly push them down with a screwdriver while
pushing forward, should slowly ease off the metal casing.

Step 5: Taking Out the CDROM

It's now time to remove the CDROM to make room for the hard drive.

 -some hard drives may have screws holding them down.

Step 6: Making the Fan Hole


In this step you will need to remove the 
plastic disk on the top of the casing, to provide a place
for the fan to go. 

All you need to do is push out the plastic disk from the inside
and it should pop out if not you can use a screwdriver to pry it out.

Step 7: Making the Legs

You will need to make some legs for the hard drive to stand on
in order for the hard drive to keep cool.

I used some leather scraps and glued them on to the bottom of the housing,
and then i glued it on to the hard drive.

Step 8: Screwing the Case Together

Once the glue has dried it's time to screw the casing back together.

Step 9: Mounting the Fan


 If you are making this for an *external* hard drive I would recommend
you add a cooling fan.

I'll you will need to do is just glue it on top were the fan hole
is (step 6).

Step 10: Enjoy

You can now place your finished housing back into your computer, or
you can use it as a protective case for an external hard drive.

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    9 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You can buy sata cables online
    I use a sata to usb cable that i got off ebay.
    You also need a power source that you can
    plug into your mboard or mains.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    what about the sata cabling??? how do you connect the external hard-drive to your pc or laptop?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not sure, I actually don't really use the fan much
    because I use it as an external hard drive case.

    I imagine the fan should suck out air.

    I only use the fan when I leave the hard drive on for long
    periods of time.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    If you need a box for mobile HDD, then ok, but for mounting inside a computer it is just another heat problem added to your HDD.

    2 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Isn't that what the fan on top of it is for? And beside, unless you're running a 10K or 15K rpm drive then you don't have to worry about heat too much.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Exactly as long as you have a 12 volt fan hooked up
    it'll keep it cool.

    Its not a new idea it's been done before so..
    you shouldn't have any problems.