Thanks Waragainstsleep - I've checked out that xlr8 link and will go about sourcing a compatible drive either in town or online etc. ...and when that's out of the way I'll deal with the bezel problem.

It should be fun and I'm def. looking forward to it ...and of course I'll post any problems or successes. I think that getting a functional drive really won't be a problem, but rather making it look clean enough to still feel like a clamshell ...that's the tricky part.