And it's not easy to get one 3.5" external drive and they are much nosier.
I agree. Never seen a 3,5" optical drive (MO perhaps), so such devices must be really hard to get :bigsmile: And I never encountered a nosey drive
Apart from the power supply advantages, external half-height drives are available without problems for the same or even a lower price. They are more solid and reliable than such a flimsy slim drive of questionable quality. And due to the more "massive" construction, HH drives are at least not louder than slim drives.
My personal favourite is LG GE20NU10 (or GE20LU10).