I am trying to find an external DVD drive to use to make backups of my Hitachi Xbox 360 without having to open anything up. I want to be able to use a USB connection.
I really don't want to open anything up. I went to quite a lot of trouble to get a pre-flashed 360 with a xecuter blaster, and intentionally got a Hitachi drive so I could connect to my PC using USB (I got the USB360).
On the xbox-scene forums, the following drives are listed as compatible:
Liteon SHM-165H6S, SHW-16H5S, SHW-160P6S, SOHW-1639S, SOHW-1653s, SOHW-1633S, SOHW-1673S, SOHW-1693s
Pioneer 108 /A08, 109 /A09, 110, 111D/dvr710, DVR-111,112/DVR-1810, DVR-K15
Sony DRU-700A, DRU-720, DRU-810A, DRU-800A, DW-Q28A, DW-R56A
Teac DV-W516GC and Asus P3S
My first choice is the Pioneer 111D, but I can't find it already in an enclosure anywhere, and besides I've read a bunch of horror stories about 111D's in enclosures.
I found that many of the Liteons have an "x" suffix to the model number to indicate external, but I can't find any of these still for sale.
I don't know how to put a drive into an enclosure and I doubt I'd be able to figure out a good enclosure anyway, as I read about all kinds of problems people have had putting drives such as the Pioneer 111/112 into enclosures.
Does anyone know of any of the listed Hitachi-compatible burners that is either already external or is already in an enclosure that is still for sale, that isn't total crap.
I would prefer not to spend much more than $120, but I am willing to spend more for something that is known to be of good quality.
I have spent two days searching (yes I've read the big enclosure thread too), so I really am not trying to be lazy.
Thanks for any suggestions...