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Stealthing CD-Rom Drives

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Stealthing CD-Rom Drives
Author: Lee ?Vectrex? Huffman


Looking for a way to make those ugly beige CD-Rom drives fit in with the rest of your pretty case? Well this is probobly the easiest and most stylish way of doing so. Follow this step by step guide to turn those drives into a masterpiece. For this project, you will need the following materials:

- Double Sided Tape
- Scissors
- 5 -1/4in. Cover Plate

The Process

The first thing that needs to be done for stealthing a drive is to remove the tabs from the side of the cover plate. These tabs are used to hold the plate in place on the case, but since we do not want the cover to hold to the case, we will remove them. To do this, we will use this sanding dremel bit to sand away the tabs. You could also use a cut off wheel or a number of other bits, but this is the way we chose to do it.

After the tabs are removed, we will move on to the work done on the drive. The first thing we need to do to the drive is remove the large face plate on the actual drive. There should be some small tabs located around the drive. You will need to push all of these in, and tug a little on the drive plate. The plate should pop off. If it doesn't, it is possible that you may need to open the drive to remove the face plate. You should get something looking like this when that is complete.

Now is where the double sided tape comes into play. You will need to cut strips of the tape that match the length of the drives "tray face plate". This may take a number of layers in order for the tape to be able to stick to the cases cover plate.

Once you have added enough layers of tape to allow the cases cover plate to stick to the drive, it is time to work on that button. This is the same process as above, just smaller peices of tape, and most likely more layers of it. Make sure that the top peice of tape still has the covering over it, so that it does not stick to the cases cover plate. This will allow the user to push the cover plate in the place that the button is in, and it will then add pressure to the tape, which will then push the button in. So as you can see, we dont want this sticking to the cases cover plate.

NOTE: In case you didn't catch it the first time, the thicker padding over the button will allow you to push the front faceplate and have the drive pop open! That is the whole point of the thicker foam in that area.

Once that is completed, your almost done. Now you just need to stick that case cover plate onto that drive. To make sure it is mounted straight, I recommend sliding the drive into the case, then sticking the cover plate to the drive, to guarantee perfect placement. After that is completed your drive is ready to rock and roll. Enjoy your work!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, you can contact myself at

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