Old 22-01-2010   #1
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Convert PC internal CD/DVD drive to external

I mistakenly purchased an internal DVD recorder (Memorex brand) that I cannot return as I purchased it quite a while ago as a backup and just opened it the other day, discovering the error.

I'd like to convert it inexpensively to an external USB drive. I'm finding lots of cases for slim drives, but not for the regular CD/DVD size recorders.

Can someone point me to some products/web-sellers for this?

Also will any case (other than the slim type) work or do I need something Memorex specific?
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Re: Convert PC internal CD/DVD drive to external

About any 5.25" sata or ide to usb enclosure will do

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Hi,
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I mistakenly purchased an internal DVD recorder (Memorex brand) that I cannot return (...)
I'd like to convert it inexpensively to an external USB drive. I'm finding lots of cases for slim drives, but not for the regular CD/DVD size recorders.
external enclosures for "Half-Height" drives are common also.
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Can someone point me to some products/web-sellers for this?
Before giving any hints, we need to know your purchase options (local stores, online shops, your location). Pointing you to newegg.com is useless if you live in Europe (for example).
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Also will any case (other than the slim type) work or do I need something Memorex specific?
What matters, that is the internal interface of the drive. Check your drive if it is IDE or Sata.

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Re: Convert PC internal CD/DVD drive to external

You don't state which country you are in. If you are in the US, you can find enclosures at Newegg.com, or zipzoomfly.com among other online shops.

Is your burner an older style IDE interface, or a SATA drive?

Here are a couple for IDE drives:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-103-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-102-_-Product

Here is an example of an external 5.25 enclosure for SATA interface drives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-021-_-Product
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