Any tips or certain things you ran into that were hard to deal with ?
Sure, treat the disk drive almost like your baby, even more so than the mobo itself. After all, it's the one with the moving parts and the delicate laser lens. Also, try to work out a good way to connect the drive to the board and THEN mount them in your case. The ribbon cable is super short and hard to connect if the drive is already mounted and you have big hands. I haven't figured out the best way to do this. Maybe desolder the connector from the mobo and extend it with extra wires to give you some extra slack to work with.
One last thing while I'm thinking of it: be very meticulous with how the controller is wired. The mobo has 9 controller pins but all the controllers I've worked with only had 8 wires. I made an incorrect assumption on the wiring and that's how I fried my second board.
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