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Hi everyone! I was wondering if it was possible to convert my internal dvd burner to an external device.

I'm going to be getting a laptop soon and am in the process of dismantling one of my pc's and the 'green' side of me would like to reuse as many components as possible and my burner was purchased only last year.

a) Does such a beast exist?
b) Is this a feasible option (file transfer speeds, etc.) as it will also be used for transferring muti-media files?
c) Is it possible to hook this up directly to a home network without going through my desktop? I'm in the process of configuring this as well.

The desktop is running on Win XP SP2 and the laptop with VISTA.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Kat
 

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Yes, there are cases. I use mine for both burners and hard drives.

I don't understand your network question. You have one set up already? If so, just connect your new machine to the existing router. Or are you using some sort of connection-sharing?
 

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You should be able to find a external drive enclosure pretty cheap on U bid E bay or geeks.com . Most of the enclosures use either USB 2.0 or Firewire which are both pretty quick and you can even get a case to run your old HD from. If you want to make things simple take the cases for your new drive enclosures and package them in some sort of make shift case and hook them up to a cheap four port USB 2.0 hub and hook your drives up through that. Let me know if you would like to recycle your memory just send me the specs on it and I will let you know.
 

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