Oh an other thing dont quote me on this cause i dont have my IO appart and am not about to yank it appart just to do a test but. There is a CHANCE ONLY a chance that a floppy drive and the compact flash could fit in the io at the same time/side. But the floppy drive would be riding prity high. This also means your getting rid of some important screws which hold the IO togeather. Oh an other thing i just though of is that of this, if you removed those parts. Now there still is a chance a cdrom wouldnt fit inside the case cuse of the long 4 screws holding the stand to the back of the io. They do stick into the case of the computer a good little ways. This only makes my point a little fermer putting a cdrom/floppy drive external would be better.
Now I did do this in a way. If i can find the URL in past post i told about how i put a cdrom into the base of the IO. but i sold that io a while ago and never got pictures of it.
look for one of my HUGE post's its like in the middle. CDROM IN THE base of the iopener would be a little bit better. BESIDES on the under side of the base there are a bunch of suport crosses which can be removed to create 2 battery pack areas. ALSO with the right revers gender connector of a standerd laptop multi bay drive unit you could use any say tecra laptop drives i.e. cdrom, cdr, dvd, zip, super zip, super disk, hard drive adapter to add a second hard drive. Granted this wouldnt be hot swapable BUT jesis the ablity to just unplug any standerd WINDOWS laptop device throw in an other one and reboot. Thats something to stride for. Best of all you can use THIN 50pin external mini scsi connector. THERE small!! and put it into the base of the IO. or just a cable of some kind with XX amount of wires in it. that way you could just fold up the IO easly. Though I'd suggest using an external connector this way you can make some adapters to use for other IDE devices.
HELL space wise for what i have on hand an xm-1402b 6x speed cdrom and one of these super flat laptop floppy drives can FIT side by side in the base. Though the cdrom would be more to the left or right due to how long they are. It has to extend into the base a BIT. But the floppy drive is so short that it fits in the FRONT with plenty of space for one of the stand leg support areas.
tell me what do you think of this idear????
if you look at that URL you'll get a FULL read out on how i did it.