Converting Acer CD rom External IDE to Hard Drive



Hi all,

I have an acer external cd enclosure, I have ripped the cd out of it, and now put in a HDD.
When I plug it in, asks for “optical drive” drivers, found these on driver guide, but of course it doesn’t work “device won’t start” in device manager.

Does anyone know of a way to switch this to a external usb mass storage device or something? it appears to be hardwired to be a optical drive?
Can I like flash the memory maybe to make the firmware to something else??

Any help would be appreciated.