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Thread: Cheapest Way to Use Desktop DVD Drive on Laptop?

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    Cheapest Way to Use Desktop DVD Drive on Laptop?

    I want to use a sata dvd drive that I just ordered on my netbook for occasional dvd ripping. What is the cheapest way to do so? Don't really need an enclosure since it will just be sitting in a drawer most of the time. External power is a must.
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    Re: Cheapest Way to Use Desktop DVD Drive on Laptop?

    i was looking at options a few weeks ago for the dvd drive i took out of my laptop, these are the 2 cheapest options i found
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/171025011009
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/290781408231
    i decided optical media is obsolete and i don't need it
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    Re: Cheapest Way to Use Desktop DVD Drive on Laptop?

    there is also one on ebay that can be used for laptop IDE , 3.5" ide and sata. ill find a link after while and post it. have to leave soon.
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    Re: Cheapest Way to Use Desktop DVD Drive on Laptop?

    I once bought a 3.5 inch HDD enclosure where the back plate (the bit that has the USB and power port on the outside, and plugs to go straight into the SATA and SATA Power on the hard drive) comes completely out. The back plate still fits onto the back of a desktop 5.25 inch DVD burner, and that's how I had it.

    It looks ugly, but it works fine.
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