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Macbook Pro's SuperDrive as external drive


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Hi!

I own a MacBook Pro 13" 2010 and am about to swap the SuperDrive with an SSD. I already have the Optibay case for the Mac's internal HDD, but not for the SuperDrive. What I want to know is, whether I can somehow connect the SuperDrive through the USB port with some sort of opticaldrive-to-usb connector? If not, what sort of technical specifications must I be aware of when buying an external SuperDrive case?
Since I reside inside the EU, I would appreciate not being linked to US retailers.

Thanks in advance!
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I realize that you didn't want an US based site, but oh well. You can do the rest of the leg work considering that you know the UK based sites which I don't. What you want is something like this (and they do take BP)

SATA Optical Drive (Superdrive) Enclosure for Unibody Macbook

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I know there are a few options, but I'm looking for the cheapest way. I could do without the case, if it were possible to get some sort of cable or connector, which would link the SuperDrive externally to the Macbook Pro via USB port.

Something like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-10_950.jpg

What kind of a connector does the SuperDrive even use?
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It would be called a Universal Drive adapter. Yes, you can find some cheaper ones probably at amazon and newegg.

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I figured out the SuperDrive uses a micro SATA controller and found a cheap micro SATA-to-USB cable. Just what the doctor ordered.

Thanks for the replies.
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