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DVD Drive Mod I
This mod was done for one of my oldest sons friends, he traded me his old Xbox 360 which had the dreaded RROD, and a dead DVD drive (which I fixed and been modding the heck out of!!)... I said what the heck, I needed something to do anyways....
I started out by laying out the pattern I wanted to cut out of it (after peeling the sticker off and cleaning the glue residue, and removing the Disc "clamp"...)..... I then drilled some starter holes with a 3/16" drill bit.
I then tried to cut it out with a dremmel cutoff wheel.... which appeared to be taking forever!! So I busted out the pneumatic 3" cutoff wheel and rough cut the shape out of the top cover, (that was much quicker.)
After rough cutting the shape out of the top cover of the drive, I then proceeded to diligently file all the cutouts to the proper shape.... (at this point I started to think that maybe I didnt "charge" enough for this lol.) Filing the cutouts to shape was sure tedious and very tiring.... whew!!
After about 45 minutes of filing.... (which seemed like hours, lol.) I taped off the center ring to prevent paint from getting on that surface where the Disc clamp rotates.... Now time to get some primer on this thing...
The DVD drive cover was then wet sanded after each coat of primer.... wanted to make sure I get a nice smooth surface for the finishing coat. I sprayed about three layers of primer, and wet sanded each one, started out with 400 grit, then ended with 650 grit sand paper...
Finally!! The paint job for the DVD Drive case is now completed, I painted the bottom cover of the case also, using the same technique as the top.... The pictures do not do the paint job any justice since these pics are only screen shots of the videos I took while doing this mod.


Now onto the fun part!!! The window....
I decided to use some .125" (1/8") Blue translucent plexiglas that I had acquired from McMaster-Carr (www.McMaster.com), I then laid out the design in one of my apps, and imported it into the CNC machine.... I ended up engraving the design  mirrored on the back of the plexiglass....
I decided to go with a "x" design on the window to match the cutout on the DVD drive cover....  this is the pic of the backside of the window after engraving on my homemade CNC Mill/Drill/General engraver...
The edges of this type of plexiglass "glows" when exposed to a light source (preferrebly of the same color of the plexiglass, in this case, blue.)
I used some (car) painters tape to mask the edges of the window, and to lay an outline on the cover plate, this makes it easy to clean up excess adhesive without smearing it on the paint job!.... The window is taped in place inside the cover, to keep it in place while the adhesive dries....
I was going to use some of this 5 minute epoxy adhesive, but I was concerned that it would eat away at the paint..... so I opted for some silicone adhesive instead...
 
Once the silicone adhesive dried, I just peeled off the masking tape....
This is the finished drive mod in a modded case with a window, with Blue leds installed....
This drive mod ended up in my sons Xbox 360 instead, since this was for the  Toshiba / Samsung TS-H943 Drive, I ended up doing another one for the Ben-Q drive that came in his friends Elite that he purchased... which is pretty much the same mod, except for I used Red Transluscent Plexiglass with a diffrrent design, which is pictured below....
With both designs, you can actually view the CD/DVD Disc spinning...  these drive mods are not much differrent than modding a PC HDD or a PC DVD Drive... with just a little care and patience, you can mod just about anything and make it look like something other than "ordinary", why settle for ordinary when you can have something completely your own without having another one like it in the world, with a little bit of modding, even your XBOX 360 can be trully "your own".

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