Finding external enclosure for 9.5mm SuperDrive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ericksgotmac, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. ericksgotmac macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2008
    I'm trying to find a external enclosure for the Superdrive of both my Unibody Macbook Pro 15" and the Black Macbook. Does anyone know of any that will fit the 9.5mm version?
  2. iJimmy macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2008
    I am on the same boat as you. I just ordered a newmodeus obhd and will be needing an external enclosure for my superdrive.

    I found an enclosure at mce, but I think you have to purchase their optibay caddy to add that to the order.

    If anyone knows where to find an enclosure, please post.

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  3. iJimmy macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2008
    I think I've found it. I'm not 100% sure but has the enclosures in silver or black for under $20.

    edit: These are listed on eBay with the best offer option.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    For your SATA drive on your unibody, you'll need a USB slim-line enclosure; for your MacBook you need a IDE enclosure; also you have to find a way to buy bezels for the drives first.
  5. iJimmy macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2008
    actually the links I posted earlier won't work because they are for 12.7mm drives.:(

    back to square one.

    I have a superdrive that's now external and I don't want it to go to waste. I rarely burn dvd or cds but I would like to have it to functional in the occasion that I have to re-install an OS.

    after a few hours of searching, i found an adapter that will hopefully make your superdrive functional. i googled "slim ide to usb".

    2nd update:
    eBay has an adapter at thisstore. ships from hong kong though.
  6. zero85ZEN macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2009

    Did you get this to work?
  7. iJimmy macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2008
    I ordered a different one fromeBay. It's a 12.7mm as I had a hard time finding a 9.5mm.

    I'll let you know if it works when I receive it (hopefully by friday).
  8. zero85ZEN macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2009
    MCE OptiBay Hard Drive enclosure


    They have one for $49 that lets you use your removed SuperDrive externally via usb.

    This is a cool setup that I'm going to implement to get two 500GB HD's into my MBP. Going with a Seagate 7200rpm for my primary drive and in the OptiBay put my current 5400rpm drive as my Time Machine. And still be able to use my SuperDrive when needed.

    EDIT: I see this was mentioned earlier in the thread...but in regards to a 15" MBP I see they don't offer an enclosure for the removed SuperDrive.
  9. iJimmy macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2008
    I received the enclosure today. Simple plug and play. It uses the same exact controller as linked above. So if you want to save a few bucks, you can just get the controller for $9 here

    I'll add some pictures later.
  10. steffi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    So that makes three products like this now then?

  11. iJimmy macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2008
  12. CPD_1 macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2007
    South East Texas
    @ iJimmy

    I've been thinking about doing this myself, and I was wondering if I could get a summation of what all you used for your external drive. Is that the Unibody's superdrive, the $20 enclosure, and the $9 controller? Or, did you go with a different enclosure?
  13. adamk77 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2008
    Thank you so much for that $9 link iJimmy!

    I've been looking for an affordable way to salvage my Superdrive. I was originally going to take the route of buying an external Firewire 800 enclosure for my internal HDD, but it was pretty pricey at an average price of around $70 for these enclosures, not to mention that I hate having external devices hanging off of my laptop.

    So I looked into placing the HDD in the optical bay, but that would mean spending $42 for the newmodeus caddy, $50-80 for a Superdrive enclosure or a new external DVD drive. That's on top of the $250 or so I'd be spending on the Intel X25 G2 SSD.

    Your solution is perfect. I'm spending a total of $52 for the entire set up now. $42 for the newmodeus caddy and $9.75 for the adaptor. I use my DVD once or 2-4 times a year burning a DVD or reinstalling the OS, so I can just put it away when not in use so appearance doesn't matter at all.

    The one that iJimmy linked to is the IDE version, but here's the SATA version that I bought.
  14. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    Is the drive from the 17" uMBP 12.7 or 9.5? I dont have it here to measure...
  15. adamk77 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2008
    Got the adapter today. It works perfectly.

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  16. snowsation macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009

    Hey, I'm new to the forum to start. Joined for this topic.

    I bought on of these enclosures for this EXACT reason a few weeks ago. Problem is I can't get the disk drive to work. (It works in windows with the driver)

    It Registers the USB to IDE device in the system profiler, but no DVD drive.

    Anyone have any ideas? (By plug and play you mean no drivers what soever right?)

    Got it working. I'm not sure what exactly the problem was
  17. capn00 macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2007
    Anyone else not able to play DVD's after placing the original in this enclosure? I can read, write, etc. with the drive (even installed SL) but I cannot play a video DVD, get an error from DVD player "A valid DVD drive could not be found [-70012]" but I can find the DVD in finder...
  18. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Yes, that's a known issue. You can't play DVDs through an external USB DVD and iDVD. Use VLC Player, works just fine.
  19. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    i think NC Macguy has fixed that issue...i may be wrong though, maybe it was a mod for the mba drive.
  20. tofagerl macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I bought an external Samsung DVD-burner instead of an enclosure so I wouldn't have to bother with the assembly, and the thing requires TWO powered USB-ports, so two out of the three ports on the 17" will be taken whenever I use it. And no, it doesn't work with a normal USB-hub, it has to be powered.

    Just a small scary story for you guys...
  21. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
    best to buy a macbook air superdrive and crack it for $ 9.00 ..

    i have done it, works 100% and is done in 1/2 hour.

    p.s. works as expected with only the usb-connection (1) ...
  22. tofagerl macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    Not in my case, I specifically wanted to NOT have to crack/solder/whatever anything.
    Anyway, I'll live with the two-usb-cable thing.
  23. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    Heres the thread on getting Apple DVD Player to work with external drives.

    It was an interesting procedure and worksjust fine now and was well worth it.

    Good Luck!
  24. Stepint0sh macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
    The Netherlands

    Man I'd get this if the shipping costs weren't so bloody high. (Shipping to: The Netherlands).
  25. ncdasa macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    15" uMBP from June 09

    I am about to do this upgrade. I also want to put another HDD in in place of my SuperDrive and I am just wondering how I can confirm what kind of interface my interanl optical drive will have?

    I have the 2nd to last uMBP release, a 15" from Jun 09 (I think this is the right month).

    Anyway is it IDE or SATA?

    I dont know how to check this, and I am too lazy to figure it out right now, hopefully someone can let me know...

    thanks in advance

    (I have a feeling it is SATA... :rolleyes: )

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