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    Variable Bitrate rgardjr's Avatar
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    Will 2.5" HD Enclsoure work w/ Slim Slot Mac DVD

    The 2.5" hard drive enclosures are very cheap. I was thinking about using one with a slim slot Mac dvd SR-8184 drive. I was going to take the board out of the enclosure and hook it up to the dvd drive. Any reason this wouldn't work. I realize there will need to be some mods to get the power portion to work with the dvd drive, but will there be any problems with the board working with a dvd drive instead of a hard drive?
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    One huge problem, actually. The connector on a notebook hard drive is not the same as on a slim cd drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blurp
    One huge problem, actually. The connector on a notebook hard drive is not the same as on a slim cd drive.
    I understand this part, but I can use an adapter on the slim slot to make it inot a standard 40 pin ide cable. I already have a notebook hd to 3.5" ide hard drive adapter. So this really shouldn't be a problem. Will the hardware/software part of the enclosure have any problems?

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    I don't think it will work.

    The enclosures I've seen for sale either say HDD or CD not both. I would imagine the hardware controller board inside is specfic to each.

    In fact I've just looked at my freecom external cd/dvd drive enclosure and it mentions nothing about using it with a hard drive.

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    I don't know the difference is cost between 2.5 and 3.5 enclosures but I think you'd be better off with a 3. 5 enclosure using a 40 to 50 pin SlimDVD converter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ose-ml320
    I don't know the difference is cost between 2.5 and 3.5 enclosures but I think you'd be better off with a 3. 5 enclosure using a 40 to 50 pin SlimDVD converter.
    You're probably right. Another reason, besides the price, I was looking at the 2.5" enclosure was that it looked like the power for the drive was supplied by the usb cable and not an external power supply. I'm not positive about this, but can USB supply 5volt to power the drive? Also another problem I'm seeing is trying to connect the USB enclosure board to the 2.5" to 3.5" adpator board. Both would have female connectors and I don't think I'd beable to find any a male-to-male 46 pin 2.5" hard drive cable. The jumpers on the back of 2.5" hard drives are smaller than the 3.5" drives. Look like the audio out pins on my 50 pin slim ide to 40 pin standard ide would be the right size, but probably be tough to track 46 of these down. I'll take a look at the slim slot external cases if I can find the thread that has them.
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    I have a post here about the slim dvd/cd drive enclosures I have found.
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