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DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive

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DIY Guide for Creating a Window in your 5.25 CDROM, DVD or BLU-RAY Optical Drive!

Tools & Supplies. – From Left to Right
  1. SAFETY GLASSES! (Safety First)
  2. Small Allen key or Paper Clip
  3. Phillips head screw driver
  4. Low Tack Masking or Painters tape
  5. Dremel or Rotary Tool with 1.5″ Cutting Wheel
  6. Half Round Hand File Metal Tin Snips or Shear
  7. Marker Pen or Pencil
  8. Scissors
  9. 1/8″ thick Clear Acrylic Sheet
  10. 3M 4010 Clear Mounting Tape
  11. Xacto or Modellers Knife
  12. Tweezers for peeling back 4010 tape
  13. 12″ Ruler or Tape Measure
dvd drive optical window case mod guide11 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
Items Needed for Mod, but not pictured above.
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1. First step is Manually Opening the drive, to remove the Tray cover and drive faceplate. Poke a small rod or wire into the tiny access hole and push until the tray releases. dvd drive optical window case mod guide21 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
2. The tray faceplate is snapped on and off with tabs along the edges of backside. dvd drive optical window case mod guide31 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
3. Use Flat head screw driver to push in the release tabs on the bottom and sides of the Optical drive housing… dvd drive optical window case mod guide41 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
4. Use Phillips head screw driver to remove the four screws that fasten together the Optical drive housing. The location and amount of screws may differ on Your Optical drive. dvd drive optical window case mod guide51 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
5. Use a heat gun to remove the adhesive label on the drive housing. You can also try peeling off the label by hand, but it may leave behind sticky residue. dvd drive optical window case mod guide61 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
6. The Optical drive housing is ready for applying Masking or Painters tape. dvd drive optical window case mod guide71 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
7. Use Ruler or Measuring Square to Draw out location for the window. Leave at least 1/4″ or 1/2″ of material of the factory housing for your frame. You need this remaining material to attach the acrylic window to the drive later. dvd drive optical window case mod guide81 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
8. Use your Rotary Tool or Dremel with 1.5″ Cutting Wheel to cut out the window opening. dvd drive optical window case mod guide91 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
9. Use small hand file to clean the jagged edges after cutting. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9a1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
10. Use the Tin Snip or Metal Shearer to cut out the Disc’s rotating stabilizer from the piece you removed from the Optical drive housing. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9b1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
11. Use hand file to clean up the edges after cutting out the disc’s rotating stabilizer. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9c1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
12. Use a Scissors to cut a small piece of the 3M 4010 Mounting tape then apply it to the top of the Disc stabilizer. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9d1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
13. Remove Red backing from the small piece of the 3M 4010 Mounting tape dvd drive optical window case mod guide9e1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
14. Apply the 3M 4010 Mounting tape onto the top of the drive housing, around the perimeter of the window cut-out you made. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9g1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
15. Place a disc into the drive. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9h1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
16. Position and center the disc stabilizer onto the disc. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9i1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
17. Cut your DVD or Blu-Ray drive window into a small piece that measures 5.5″ x 6.5″ . You can use Jigsaw, Table saw or Vertical saw to the cut the sheet of acrylic. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9j1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
18. Position and apply your new window onto the drive housing and the disc stabilizer. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9k1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
19. Use a cloth to apply pressure to the window and adhesive tape, then clean off any finger prints from your new window. The next step is Optional. Only if you wish to add LEDs. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9l1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
20. Use a 3/16″ drill bit, it’s slightly too small, Just work the drill bit around one swipe for each LED hole. You will need to remove the debris caused by drilling the holes! I suggest using a Can of Compressed Air to blow out the tiny debris. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9m1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
21. Use a strong Clear epoxy or Krazy Glue to hold in the 5mm LEDs. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9n1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
22. Purchase pre-wired LEDs from Performance-PCs or Mod Zoo Affiliate Phenoptix! dvd drive optical window case mod guide9o1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
23. LEDs attached and Powered-On! dvd drive optical window case mod guide9p1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
24. The disc player has been powered on. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9r1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
25. It finished, and turned out great! Next step is covering up the disc stabilizer and piece of Clear 4010 Tape with something. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9t1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
26. You can cut your own custom design like this fireball, cut from a aluminum sheet material. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9u1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
27. Another idea, How about matching the Silver aluminum on your Lian Li or Silverstone Case with Brushed Aluminum Vinyl Film or some type of decal?. dvd drive optical window case mod guide9v1 DIY Guide for Creating a Clear Window in any 5.25 Optical Drive
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You can apply the steps in making the window to creating a window in top of your PC case, so you can see your Optical drive mod in action! Thank you for checking out this Mod Guide, Please share it with your friends! Now go and experiment with new ideas and mod your PC!

Source: Bill Owen from MnPCTech

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