I have an ASUS N56JR laptop, and I’ve just replaced the optical drive (Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo) with an HDD caddy. This allowed me to install an SSD into the primary hard disk drive slot, and replace the optical drive with a 2nd hard disk drive, for data storage.
I bought this hard disk drive caddy for the laptop in order to do this. (I removed the plastic bezel from the optical drive so the hard disk drive caddy would look ”stock,” even though the eject button does not do anything)
The optical drive is now sitting in my drawer, but I’d like to make some use of it, if I can, especially since its a Blu-ray drive.
The eBay listing for the hard disk drive caddy suggests buying this SATA to USB external enclosure to re-use the optical drive as an external USB DVD drive.
My question is, is it safe to do this with a Blu-ray drive? It appears to be a SATA to USB 2.0 enclosure. It uses one USB cable for power, and a second USB cable for data transfer. I guess I’m just wondering if USB can provide enough power for a Blu-ray drive.
Or am I just better off buying a new external USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive from Amazon instead?