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Sammy2's Avatar Sammy2
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Thinking of putting my Blu-ray ODD in an enclosure for easy access on my desk and occassoinal use on my HTPC so I need to get an enclosure for it.

Any recommendations?
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Thinking of putting my Blu-ray ODD in an enclosure for easy access on my desk and occassoinal use on my HTPC so I need to get an enclosure for it.

Any recommendations?

IDE version

SATA version
Sammy2's Avatar Sammy2
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Wonder if I can p/u a second power brick somewhere for that so I don't have to drag the cables around but just the enclosure?
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I think maybe USB 2.0 is about the limit of a faster blu-ray drive? Mine is rated at 12x but seems to pump 6x when using MakeMKV so maybe it won't be an issue.
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Some BD writers and some USB2.0 enclosures don't play nice together, though you can get enclosures with USB2.0 and eSATA outputs, and if your PC has an eSATA input that might be a neat solution (it's pretty close to identical to the connnection you would have for an internal drive)
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I've got eSATA II input on both my Desktop PC and my HTPC (they both have the same MoBo).
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I haven't used their optical drive enclosure, but I've had great luck with Vantec's Nexstar line of e-sata/USB hard drive enclosures.
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Any recommendations?
Seems like a personal choice to me.

Has the interface u need, that's really it.

I personally prefer one with a built-in PSU, no dangling power brick, and for a removable, no fan (noise) needed. and if moved frequently, some sort of handle would be a very nice touch indeed not that I've seen any like that.

Go wild.
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Go to Thermaltake's website. They have some refurbs at very good prices. I generally use the docks, but I have a Thermaltake Silver Duo that has both eSata and USB options and it's been very reliable (3 years old refurb and no problems). Not sure, but you may even be able to get an extra power adapter for it through them.
Sammy2's Avatar Sammy2
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Didn't see any 5¼" drive enclosures on Thermaltake's site.
Sammy2's Avatar Sammy2
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Never got this.. Any recommendations?
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Wonder if I can p/u a second power brick somewhere for that so I don't have to drag the cables around but just the enclosure?

I used a blank expansion slot panel and installed a power plug in it, then soldered it to one of the PSU leads. Be aware that many/most SATA enclosures need the system powered down before connecting (for the drive to be recognised) USB doesn't have that restriction.
Sammy2's Avatar Sammy2
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Got this one.
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I have Vantec enclosures for both my IDE HD-DVD drive and BD SATA drive. Works like a champ for me.
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I have vantec as well. Not the highest quality construction but works very well. I would buy again.
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