External USB Case vs OEM DVD Drive Mounting Bracket

That little Lenovo Q150 doesn’t include an optical drive and, mostly, I don’t need one, but sometimes it’s handy to boot from a CD. I picked up a used DVD burner that also fits my Dell E1405 laptop (should I need a spare) and a tiny USB laptop drive case from the usual eBay sources for a grand total of $17 delivered.

The drive had a mounting bracket on the back that obviously had to come off, because the bracket screws snuggled right in among the USB adapter electronics:

E1405 DVD drive bracket vs USB electronics
E1405 DVD drive bracket vs USB electronics

In fact, that flat tab with a hole would have clunked up against the back of the case and prevented it from sliding all the way in, but the screws also foiled Plan B: flip the bracket around so the tab goes under the drive where it couldn’t get lost if I needed it again.

So now the bracket & screws live in a little bag in the Box o’ USB Stuff.

The DVD drive works fine with just a single USB cable, although the case came with a power-only USB cable, so the latter also lives in the bag with the bracket. Maybe I’ll need it in the unlikely event I actually burn a DVD in that drive?

4 thoughts on “External USB Case vs OEM DVD Drive Mounting Bracket

    1. Yup, that’ll be interesting to watch. Some day, maybe, I’ll be forced to give up playing with PCs, just like everybody else.

      Of course, by then the notion of a “personal” computer will be long gone: you’ll just own a gadget that lets you run a defined set of programs, nothing more, maybe a bit less.

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