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Old 04-28-2005, 02:28 PM   #1
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I know what the obvious difference is. My question is this, I have gotten a hold of a Mad Dog Multimedia "MegaSTOR 7-in-1 16X Double Layer External DVD±R/±RW ", I want to pull the actual drive itself out of the external enclosure and just install it internally in place of my CDRW drive in the tower.

Is there any difference between the drive I pull out of the external enclosure and the one that comes in a box labeled "internal drive"?.....other than price.

It seems to me that it is just a regular drive stuck in an enclosure converting it to USB.....with all the same connections to it.

Just want to know if there is anything wrong with what I am going to try to do with this external DVD drive.

Any input is greatly appreciated.
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I've never seen any difference between the drives in an external enclosure and internal drives, for either optical or hard disks. I'm sure someone has an oddball or two that actually are different, but 99% of them are just a case and the drive. All my external devices are a case and a drive, I don't buy the already assembled ones, why pay the premium?
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you just might have to change the jumper setting...maybe not
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Well, virtually all external cases want the drives jumpered as master, so if you want something else, then you will indeed have to change the jumper settings.
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