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G4 Cube Laptop Optical Drive Bracket

metta

Well-known member
Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to replace my G4 Cube's optical drive with a laptop-style SuperDrive and before I take a stab at designing one myself, I was hoping somebody out there had an .stl file for the bracket to fit it into the Cube's optical drive area. With cubeowner now defunct, I can no longer access the forum posts discussing this. I've attached a picture showing this bracket which I found on: http://www.atpm.com/12.03/cube.shtml

If I can't find one, I'll be sure to post my own version of it for anyone else looking to do the same thing. Thanks in advance!

The bracket in question:

cube-drive-assembled.jpg

 
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nottomhanks

Active member
A friend of mine just successfully printed one of these, and with a slim SATA to SATA adapter, IDE to SATA adapter board, and SATA extension cable, I’m successfully running a laptop drive from 2010 and watching DVDs with VLC in 10.4.  It’s a bit of a tight fit, but it’s all working!  Just need to try booting to an Apple DVD and try burning a DVD to see what happens.

 

Daniël

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A friend of mine just successfully printed one of these, and with a slim SATA to SATA adapter, IDE to SATA adapter board, and SATA extension cable, I’m successfully running a laptop drive from 2010 and watching DVDs with VLC in 10.4.  It’s a bit of a tight fit, but it’s all working!  Just need to try booting to an Apple DVD and try burning a DVD to see what happens.


Is there any chance you could share the STL? I'm now the owner of a Cube that also has an entirely weak optical drive, and would love to have printed one as well to be able to swap it out entirely.

 

Stephen

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There's some anecdotal success of restoring normal ejection to the original G4 Cube drives by boiling the rubber belts; it shrinks them back to a diameter which is closer to the original diameter. I haven't tried it myself.

 

metta

Well-known member
A friend of mine just successfully printed one of these, and with a slim SATA to SATA adapter, IDE to SATA adapter board, and SATA extension cable, I’m successfully running a laptop drive from 2010 and watching DVDs with VLC in 10.4.  It’s a bit of a tight fit, but it’s all working!  Just need to try booting to an Apple DVD and try burning a DVD to see what happens.


I'd love those STLs as well if your friend still has them.

 

Byrd

Well-known member
Here's one design I found:


Good to hear you can use the SATA optical adapters in them now.
 
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