Hardware Thread, Being dense... Sata and IDE in Technical; Right, mate has computer with just a cd drive in. Was going to give him my cd writer when I ...
19th January 2012, 09:32 PM #1
Being dense... Sata and IDE
Right, mate has computer with just a cd drive in. Was going to give him my cd writer when I realised mines IDE and his is sata. Are the converters on fleabag any good?
What confuses me is that (dense moment) the power cable for the adapter looks like molex...but I imagined there wouldn't be any in there!
Can someone explain? I can cope with just buying a Sata drive but this converter thing has confused me. Have to admit I'm out of touch with this shizzle! *hangs head in shame*
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19th January 2012, 10:28 PM #2
Generally, forget converters. Unless his PC is pretty new, it'll still have an IDE port on the motherboard. As for power - the power supply in his PC may well have some molex tails as well - so it should go straight in. All depends on whether it's a custom build or OEM, its age etc. Can you take a good look around inside the PC?
If it won't plug in, just buy a new SATA DVD writer for it, it won't end up costing much more!
19th January 2012, 10:37 PM #3
19th January 2012, 10:37 PM #4
It's easy enough to convert a molex power connection to a SATA power, but more complicated to convert an IDE connection to accept a SATA connection.
I have done it, but bearing in mind (as above) you can buy a DVD writer cheap, you may as well just buy one.
The converter is literally a small circuit board which plugs into the IDE connection, with a SATA slot the other side. It also needs a floppy drive power to it, so it soon becomes messy.
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