I'm James, aka SuperNerd. I love tech, cosplay, and cute women, especially Supergirl, I love a strong woman :)
Does the SATA to USB control board do encryption at all like the awful Western Digital ones do? The drive works perfectly fine out of the enclosure?
The tray free loader is modular, and there's no DRM on the mechanism as you wrongly state. The control logic with encryption is built into the motherboard on these, so the whole optical deck including laser can be swapped out and replaced.
The bad thing is, typical Sony style is if the BluRay logic actually goes bad the whole mainboard has got to be replaced unless you know someone who's professional at re-balling (not reflowing) and can replace the circuitry and dump the encryption keys.
The lasers are the first to go on most Sony equipment. Just look on eBay for all the "won't read discs" faulty ones, there's loads