I picked up one of these also. Do you have any advice on how to get the enclosure open with breaking it
N/M - I got one side to open and then the rest was clear.
CenDyne USB 2.0 Enclosure - Replacement procedure
This enclosure is very easy to open IF (big IF) you know what to do.
There are 6 tabs holding the case together (four on the main body and two holding in the face plate). The face plate tabs are located on the sides.
Face plate removal: Take a very thin blade/pin (a jeweler’s flat head screw driver or straightened out paper clip) and gently insert in the center on side of faceplate. This will depress the plastic clip that holds the faceplate and it will slide right out.
Spliting Case: Same concept, there are two places on the side seam that are thin rectangular shaped openings. Insert the thin blade/pin in these two locations and the clips will be released. I did have to push a little harder on the last one I removed. Up until that time I had used the paperclip and it was bending so I used my smallest jeweler’s screw driver.
Remove the shield across the top of the drive (four screws - two on each side). Lift shield out and disconnect the IDE cable, Molex power connector, and Audio cable.
Removing Drive: Once case and shield are apart, there are two screws under the plastic feet in the front. The plastic pads need to be pried off (keep them clean and they will stick again). Remove the two screws and lift the drive to disengage the plastic pins that are inserted into the bottom two screw holes near the back of the drive. You don’t need to remove the two screws on the back plate. They hold the USB stuff in the case and not the drive.
I put a Lite-On 811S DVD burner in the case. This was an easy fit since the 811S is slightly shorter than the CD-RW. Works great.
Btw- Thanks for the pictures, it helped me figure this one out.
Reassembly is the reverse except that the case will click together nicelywithout the blade.
Temporary pics for disassembly