Stealth Modding a DVD/CD Drive
Okay with all these lovely
aluminium cases that are so popular today the days of the beige computer
are well and truly numbered. The problem is that the computer parts people
are taking a while to catch up and you still struggle to find a black
drive let alone a silver one to match you new aluminium case.
So I know there are gonna
be a couple of you reading this going , "What the heck is stealthing ??"
Well for you, here's the basics idea:
First thing to do is to make sure the drive is ejected, you can it manually when the drive isnt powered by pushing a pin into the emergency eject hole. Next thing is to remove the front facia of the tray, this is normally done by pulling the botton of it towards yourself (Note: I am assuming the drive is facing you) and then pulling the whole facia up and it should pop of a treat.
Removing the main facia
Now most drive facias are fixed in a similar way, using little tabs on the middle top/bottom and sides of the drive, simply push all these in and pull the facia towards you and its should come off very easily.
Attack the bay plate time
Now its attack the bay plate time, in the case of lian li and Coolermaster drive bay plates , just lightly bend off the side tabs until the break off. No force is really require, make sure you dont break it off too close to the front.
The switch, nope I didnt forget
Blue Peter time
At this point you need to find the double sided sticky tape. Get about four little sections and stick them onto the front of the tray facia. And then cut off a small little piece for the switch as well.
Time for placement
Using the orginal facia as a guide stick the tray facia and switch onto the back of the bay plate, in the same position as they were on the drive orginally. Press them down firmly and they will be fine.
Finishing the mod
All you need to do now is to attach the new stealthed facia back onto the drive, just reverse the way you pulled the tray facia off and it will slide in. And your pretty much done, refit the drive into your computer and check the facia is lined up properly.
Woot we've stealthed a drive
If you have beige drives and an aluminum case this is well worth five minutes and 50p in double sticky tape.