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Need new CD drive - IDE compatable with SATA?

by winger27 / November 25, 2009 10:30 AM PST

Being kinda a newbie at this type of stuff I figured I'd ask people who know. I have a Dell Dimension desktop with Windows XP SP3 about 6 yrs old. My CD writer died and I need to replace it. I have looked to replace it with a DVD/CD drive. The problem is that almost all writers are SATA I'm pretty sure I have a IDE, is this compatable? The one I'm looking at is a Sony Optiarc AD-7240S-0B 24X. Any problems I should be made aware of, is this possible?

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RE: CD Drive
by C_Jones / November 25, 2009 12:56 PM PST
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Typical CD drive
by Willy / November 25, 2009 12:59 PM PST

6yr. old system, yeah you have an IDE drive more than likely. If you want, open case and verify by looking at CD drive, it should have a flat ribbon cable(gray?) that's 40-pin wide. Most SATA cable are red color though varies and quite smaller in width compared to IDE. There still are IDE drives out there and a CD/DVD type will work w/o issues. Check online vendors they still carry those drives. If you have access, a used CD drive that works will do. As for other vendors, there's always eBay and Craigslist to check. Also, look for the "free" on Craigslist. I have found used drives at Goodwill and Sal. Army shops. If you plan to use SATA type as the replacement be sure you have a SATA port to connect plus power.

It always helps to give full details of your system to better the answer.

tada -----Willy Happy

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ide drive still available ($20-$30);
by ahtoi / November 26, 2009 7:42 AM PST

I would go with that (less headache).

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Checking This IDE Drive Out
by winger27 / November 26, 2009 11:26 AM PST
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You didn't indicate which Dell model but based on age,
by VAPCMD / November 26, 2009 1:44 PM PST

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