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External DVD-ROM for a Notebook Trouble! Please Help!

Well I purchased an external DVD-ROM PC Card Drive from to use on my DESKTOP computer. I later realized that the external DVD-ROM drive that I had bought is for a notebook and not a desktop computer. The only components that came with the DVD-ROM was a Card Cable or Cable Card that would normally connet to the side of any notebook. Well I have a desktop so my question is:

-Is there any "adaptor" of sorts to connect my portable DVD-ROM drive (made for a notebook) to the back of my desktop computer tower using a USB, etc??

If so, where can I can it, how much would it cost? Any response to this forum would be very much appreciated. Thank you very very much!

Seth, from RI

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I think I'd sell it.

With DVDRW drives for desktops going for under 39 bucks at and the adapter can run that much and the troubles get worse from there.


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Would this be right?
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I wouldn't.
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external or internal?

is that external or internal? i would definitely need something external

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I thought you had a desktop?

If so, replace your internal with this one and you're good to go.


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I was hoping to get an external driver

Oh well yes I do have a desktop however I was looking for an external DVD-ROM drive as oppose to an internal driver just because I have no idea how to hook up an internal driver into my tower and I really didn't want to pay for any more assistance with my computer.

I was hoping for the least expensive and easiest way that my computer could use a DVD-ROM driver. Would that be an external or internal driver and if an external driver, what are external DVD-ROM drivers that you would recommend?

Again thank you very much for all your help. It's greatly appreciated.


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Something to share. I had an USB 2.0 DVDRW. I...

Was unhappy with it's performance (slow write speeds) and moved it back to inside the box. My write times dropped.

To swap your old drive for new is just above changing a lightbulb. In fact I've found changing some lightbulbs harder than swapping such a drive.

-> Here's the trick. Watch what you are doing to get the old drive out. Now copy the jumper setting from the old drive to the new drive. Put the new drive in the same place and connections as the old drive.

BONUS!!! You'll have the cover off so remove the dust bunnies while it's open.

Have fun,


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