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Affordable PATA laptop optical drive enclosure?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: November 08, 2020 10:24PM
We've got an old PATA SuperDrive pull from a vintage MBP... what are the odds of finding an inexpensive USB enclosure for it? And by inexpensive, I mean cheap enough to avoid just buying a pre-fab portable USB optical drive. Google fu best bet I've found is this, ~$15 delivered...



I "owe" a USB optical to someone, and even though I have a few full size externals, they want portable, and I'm not ready to give up our real OEM Apple USB SuperDrive. We also have a slightly newer MBP that we can pull the (SATA) SuperDrive from, but that optical has tons more mileage on it than the PATA that was pulled several years ago. Not sure a SATA enclosure is gonna be worth the hassle/time pressure of whatever potentially cheaper the price difference may be.

Google fu best pre-fab alternative, ~$24 delivered...



Any better suggestions out there?
Thanks.
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Re: Affordable PATA laptop optical drive enclosure?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 08, 2020 11:17PM
Probably cheaper to get a USB external.



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Re: Affordable PATA laptop optical drive enclosure?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: November 08, 2020 11:21PM
This, however out of stock. Haven't done any business with them.
[www.powerbookmedic.com]

This?
[www.fasttech.com]



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/08/2020 11:30PM by MikeF.
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Re: Affordable PATA laptop optical drive enclosure?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: November 09, 2020 07:22AM
I've purchased from PowerbookMedic a number of times, and have found them to be reliable.
In my experience, though, if it's old and out of stock, it'll stay out of stock.



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Re: Affordable PATA laptop optical drive enclosure?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 09, 2020 07:24AM
just recycle it and get a USB external on sale, those can be had for $10-15 these days on Amazon and New Egg. it will be faster and support more formats.
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Re: Affordable PATA laptop optical drive enclosure?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 09, 2020 10:45AM
....PATA.....thai....???



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Re: Affordable PATA laptop optical drive enclosure?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 10, 2020 07:42AM
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space-time
just recycle it and get a USB external on sale, those can be had for $10-15 these days on Amazon and New Egg. it will be faster and support more formats.
agree smiley

It will also be more reliable than an old PATA optical "pull"!



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