- Oct 9, 2014
Speaking of questions...
I have the M1 coming with the optical slot. If I use that space for the DVD/RW drive, then what would I potentially lose in terms of another item/component that could have been placed in that spot, if anything?
Tell me what DVD internal or external drive you purchased... here's an internal...a possibility? ( https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-Internal-SN-208FB-BEBE/dp/B00GXNPJI6?ie=UTF8&keywords=samsung slim dvd sata internal&linkCode=sl1&linkId=1c24ad74ae3b469ef46fda2bc5b97376&qid=1447448531&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&sr=8-1&tag=thtebusgu-20 )
OR... https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-UJ...A+Slim+Slot-Load+Internal+8X+DVDRW+SATA+Drive ?
If I change my mind and not use the slot, I could still go with an external DVD/RW, correct?
If you don't mount an optical drive to the front of the case, then you could mount a single 2.5 inch drive that is up to 15 mm in height (I think), or two 2.5 inch drives using the double-stacking brackets, so long as both drives are 7 mm (or less) in height.
The first optical drive you linked to has tray loading. Any optical drive you use must be a slot loader, like your second link and be 12.7 mm in height. I used a Panasonic UJ-265. Some people have complained that drive is too loud. Silverstone sells two optical drives that would work, the SOB02 (blu-ray writer) and the SOD02 (DVD writer). These drives come with the SATA to Slimline SATA cable you will need for these thin optical drives.
Finally, yes, you can always go with an external optical drive. Many have made that choice to simplify the build within the M1 and because they rarely use optical media.