After Hours

Cracking open an external DVD burner

Rear Compartment Cover Removed

Once the rear compartment's cover is removed, the circuit board that manages transferring data communications and power delivery is revealed. Here you can see a standard ribbon cable and Molex plug complete the data and electricity paths to the internal drive from the external case.

The lid, meanwhile, sits at the bottom of the frame.


Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...