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New SATA DVD-RW burner but my system is IDE. Buy it?

by ClaudiaWalky / June 26, 2012 10:09 AM PDT

I need a new DVD-RW burner but can't find an IDE one.They're all SATA.

What can I do? The sales person told me I can't use an adapter for optical drives. Really? Is it so? Can't I just buy an adapter and forget about it ? I don't want to pay for anything more than an adapter.

My old pc is a clone with an Asrock P4i65G mother / Pentium 4 Northwood 2,26Ghz / 2 WD HD / XP SP3
I was almost decided to buy an USB external burner to use with my new
computer (and transfer the files from the old through wire) but I found several reviews of customers complaining about
them. Are the external drives less strong and reliable than internal ones? Do I need to worry about buying one?

My new pc is a HP Touchsmart 320-1020 with Win7 x64.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2012 10:44 AM PDT

Both external and internal drives are made to meet cost targets. There is no known maker that will give you a drive they will stand behind for 4 or more years.

With that out of the way, get the USB. You'll find more use for it later.

And IDE drives are plentiful here in the USA. Amazon.com, Newegg.com, geeks.com, etc.

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by Willy / June 26, 2012 10:36 PM PDT

I'll 2nd getting the ext. USB drive. You can at least move it over should you get a newer PC. if you google away, there's an new EIDE DVD drive out there, but unless you plan to stay yrs. with that old PC, then it maybe a lost cause. Of course, you can eBay or Craigslist for "used" drives.

The reason ext. drives maybe an issue is that they are using the slower USB. However, unless you plan to use this in an extensive way, you can live with it. Any new ext. USB DVD drive is bound to be one of the faster units. however review the specs before buying.

tada -----Willy Happy

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