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Convert SATA DVD Burner to IDE...?

by ddoorn / August 18, 2010 12:52 PM PDT

I think I've already answered my question via browsing the forums, however just to be sure:

I mistakenly ordered a SATA DVD burner to replace my old DVD burner on my IDE-based PC.

Can I convert the SATA DVD burner so that it will be possible to use in my IDE-based PC?

I've seen SATA to IDE converters, howevever they cost almost as much as a new DVD burner, which I wouldn't bother to do.

However, I just wondered if there are any low cost alternatives to somehow "tweak" an SATA DVD burner so that it will work on my IDE PC? I just hate the thought of trying to send this thing back via mail order.

Thx in advance,


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Better to IDE device
by Willy / August 18, 2010 9:56 PM PDT

No ifs, ands, or buts, you need the converter or adapter if you plan to use SATA on EIDE port. Yes, you did answer you're own question. It simply would be better to use EIDE DVD drive in place of adapter, unless you plan to do alot of swapping around in other systems(testing?).

I suggest you look into adding SATA adapter PCB, then all later SATA devices can be used, if not only your DVD for now. This is a card that's installed on pci slot(google for one).

One item, I've found to help in various situations but not necessary a permanent one, unless desired is to use the ADA-2020 device. It will handle SATA or EIDE devices regardless if CD/DVD or HD drives mounted at USB port.

tada -----Willy Happy

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