But the CD/DVD recording software might not work on USB. You didn't tell if this was some bundled versions...
I'm considering moving a CD R/W drive and a DVD drive - two devices total - out of the system box to external case(s) which would hook back to the system unit via the USB ports.
Basically I'm wondering whether USB is a fast enough data path for the CD R/W drive and the DVD drive.
Will I have problems with transfer speeds? Will the RW drive still be able to record?
I _think_ external CD cases typically have their own power - or do they depend on the USB for power? Do I need a powered USB hub to supply power?
Can I just hook the both drives onto existing USB ports and hope the OS will recognize them and assign drive letters etc? There are four USB ports on the backplane.
Reason for asking: I'm helping someone implement a backup strategy using mobile racks and multiple hard drives. The system box only has two full size bays and they are occupied by the abovementioned CD R/W and DVD drives. I'd like to put the HD mobile racks in the system box - and this would necessitate moving the CD R/W and DVD drive out of the case.
I'd like to identify whether this is do-abale and what problems might arise.
Machine is a Presario runing XP Home.
I'm assuming the Primary IDE supports the installed HD , and I would put the second HD on the primary channel with it. I'm also assuming the CD and DVD are on the secondary IDE. So the lineup would be:
Primary IDE - installed drive, and rack for second drive to back up onto.
Secondary IDE Not used
CD R/W and DVD driven by USB.
What pitfalls or problems do you see doing this?