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Using external hard drive case for DVD drive?

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I had an old Western Digital external hard drive lying around, & the superdrive on my macbook pro is bust, so I ripped the old case open & took out the board that has USB, power & SATA, & plugged in a DVD drive where the hard drive would have been. It powers up & all, just snow leopard won't recognise it as a superdrive, in system profiler it shows up as an external hard drive.


EDIT: A fix for the superdrive, at first it was spitting out almost every DVD or CD I inserted without mounting, reading the odd one, I was about to give up & buy a new one when I decided taking the superdrive apart & cleaning the laser by hand couldn't hurt, so I did, & it works great!

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how do you take them apart?

i have an odd thing my laptop is doing… it will read cd's but not DVD's ;) ... what's going on? Do you think cleaning it will help mine read Dvd's? sorry im a newbie and dont know much.

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