This Is my half ass attempt to turn a standard optical drive into a top loading drive. Im getting bored, so I _Had_ to do something, I figured I should try something new, something I havent seen before. Looking arround, I have seen a lot of kick ass things, but nothing like this, If someone has seen this type of thing before, let me know. The Idea here is to take a small perfectly functional optical drive, and make it so the the CD loads from the top, Like most CD players. This is just a prototype type of thing, so its not really going to look pretty. Some pics of my progress This is an old drive, I will be using its case because its nice and clean on the inside, and I dont want to screw up the other case if I decide to return the drive back to normal. hinges installed, kind of wish I would have waited so I would know where I wanted them, but they are glued into place really really good, and wont budge. I grinded down the 4 screws that came up from the bottom, and covered all the metal surface with electrical tape. The drive sat in crooked, so I sanded down the circled areas as far as I could. now the drive sits nice and rests perfectly in place. Here is how everything sits, I had a spare drive bay cover sitting arround, Il use it for the front of this. Its a damn near perfect fit, once down, it takes a bit of effort to get the drive out. I Have the drive placed in the back so that I can make use of the cut made for the IDE/power connection. I needed to make a minor adjustment to ensure that there is enough room, but thats ok, it was an easy cut. Even though the drive fits snugly in place I decited to place a little L bracket to keep it from moving foward over time. In case you guys dont know, the actual spinning thing, and disk reader raise and lower when the tray opens and closes (to pick up and set down the CD on the tray). I'm not going to be using this feature, because the disk will be placed where it needs to be by hand. The circled part is the piece that ties the tray mech to the raising/lowering function. I'll need to remove it. Pictured is the lifting/lowering piece, without it, the drive just flops down, I needed to make a replacement that holds the device in a fixed location. Pictured above is my hand crafted replacement, Just the tip of a drive tray, cut so it fits. Here is the piece from above mounted in place. I drilled two small holes on the sides, and forced a screw through them. Lucky me, when the screw went through it threaded the hole and now holds itself in place. This is good, because it would have been a pain in the ass to put a nut or something on the end. I started making the lid, took two attempts, but I got a lid made. Its not done though, as you can see, I still have a lot of work to do on the top. Here you can see the feet, and the lid. I have a mouse button on the front that will be the open button, tapping anywhere on the top clicks the button and cause whatever to happen to release the top. What do you guys think?