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I need a short depth optical drive... Any suggestions?

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:10 pm

I'm building a Mini-ITX system and need a small SATA optical drive for the case.

I've started to look for a short depth optical drive and am having issues as sites like Newegg don't list measurements for their drives.

So far the drive with the shallowest depth that I can find is the ASUS DRW-22D1S and it measures in at 146x165x41 mm (W x D x H). This means it is 6.5-inches deep.

Does anyone know any other drives that are 6.5" deep or less? It appears that most are 170mm or 6.7" deep.
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Re: I need a short depth optical drive... Any suggestions?

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:29 pm

OR....

I could use a notebook optical drive.

I can get the SAMSUNG 8X Slim Internal DVD Burner Model SN-208BB for $19.99.

It is just 128mm (W) X 12.7mm(H) X 127mm (D) without the bezel. This means I would go from 165mm deep to 127mm deep. That takes it from 6.5" to just 5", which is nice. I'd then need an adapter like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817998058 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817994088

Or I could do a nice one like this for a slot-load slim-odd... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817997041

Oh the choices!
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Re: I need a short depth optical drive... Any suggestions?

Postby bubba » Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:48 pm

Go with the lappy drive, in a 5.25 adapter like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817998058 and then slap a 3.5 bay reader in it.
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Re: I need a short depth optical drive... Any suggestions?

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:04 pm

bubba wrote:Go with the lappy drive, in a 5.25 adapter like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817998058 and then slap a 3.5 bay reader in it.


I like that idea the best and forgot about my 3.5" bay reader.

I ordered the SAMSUNG 8X Slim Internal DVD Burner, OEM Package Without Software Black SATA Model SN-208BB for $19.99 and the StarTech SLIMCDFDCAGE Slim Optical & 3.5in Hard Drive Mounting Bracket for 5.25in Front Bay for $26.99... Sad that the adapter costs more than a DVD burner.
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