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USB/Firewire enclosure for IDE DVD drive * NO LONGER NEEDED (GOT ONE!)

Liddle ol' meLiddle ol' me

Have an IDE DVD-ROM drive that I need to use, but my desktop has only SATA connectors. Looking for a reasonable option to either house the drive in a caddy with USB or firewire connection or the correct adaptors to house it in the desktop.

Details of what I'm looking for on this thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=191159

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UPDATE: Trying for the external caddy only now. Slower but more flexible.
- Liddle ol' me

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    Liddle ol' me
    Details of what I'm looking for on this thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=191159
    Crossbow
    Arguably the cheapest option would be to get an adaptor type thing for £3.24: see eBay item 150252422497 - needs a floppy drive type 4-pin cable from PSU to power it though. (Note: I believe that particular seller imports things from Hong Kong, so if not in stock could take 5-7 days for delivery).

    If you don't have the 4-pin floppy drive type power cable, you'll need a SATA power to IDE power adaptor - e.g. eBay item 170223297331.

    Edit: sorry ignore my post - see that you changed it to a caddy now
    darkovo
    Crossbow;2199383
    Arguably the cheapest option would be to get an adaptor type thing for £3.24: see eBay item 150252422497 - needs a floppy drive type 4-pin cable from PSU to power it though. (Note: I believe that particular seller imports things from Hong Kong, so if not in stock could take 5-7 days for delivery).

    Next best is probably a SATA caddy like this one for £10 (excl del) - this requires a free 5.25 external drive bay. Shop around to get it for less including delivery.


    Yes looks the best option, I had the same issue and got a converter kit but didn't have floppy type power, so in the end had to change the end on a SATA power connector to a Molex Power connector, got it working too :)
    Liddle ol' me
    Crossbow
    Arguably the cheapest option would be to get an adaptor type thing for £3.24: see eBay item 150252422497 - needs a floppy drive type 4-pin cable from PSU to power it though. (Note: I believe that particular seller imports things from Hong Kong, so if not in stock could take 5-7 days for delivery).

    Next best is probably a SATA caddy like this one for £10 (excl del) - this requires a free 5.25 external drive bay. Shop around to get it for less including delivery.


    Thanks crossbow - rep added - not sure what you mean by the bolded bit though. This is to put in aninternal bay, right?
    Liddle ol' me
    Guys - just phoned scan and they told me that enclosure won't work as it's a 3.52 for HDD!

    Anyway, they linked me to this adaptor instead http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=577057 Seems the easiest interal option. Unless I get an offer for something on here in the next day or so I will go for it :thumbsup:

    EDIT: Just some extra links or myslelf as reminders http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=4757&ref=froogle&ci_src=18615224&ci_sku=55304
    Crossbow
    Liddle ol' me;2199490
    Thanks crossbow - rep added - not sure what you mean by the bolded bit though. This is to put in aninternal bay, right?
    Apologies, the SATA caddy is meant for a hard drive - misread your post. Edit: As Scan have now confirmed!!

    I shouldn't have mentioned the word 'external'! A PC doesn't normally have a 5.25" internal drive bay anyway - my mistake :p

    Edit: The Scan adaptor is the same as the eBay one, only much more expensive. And doesn't seem to come with a SATA data cable like the eBay one does.

    darkovo;2199472
    Yes looks the best option, I had the same issue and got a converter kit but didn't have floppy type power, so in the end had to change the end on a SATA power connector to a Molex Power connector, got it working too :)
    Thanks for sharing :). Not tried it myself, but glad that it works - now other people may know what to do in a similar situation. Rep added.
    Totoriko
    I have one that does both USB and LAN, let me know if you're interested.
    Liddle ol' me
    Totoriko
    I have one that does both USB and LAN, let me know if you're interested.


    Yes, might be. Please tell me more and what you want for it. :thumbsup:
    Liddle ol' me
    Nobody have one of these kicking about..?
    Liddle ol' me
    Crossbow
    Arguably the cheapest option would be to get an adaptor type thing for £3.24: see eBay item 150252422497 - needs a floppy drive type 4-pin cable from PSU to power it though. (Note: I believe that particular seller imports things from Hong Kong, so if not in stock could take 5-7 days for delivery).

    If you don't have the 4-pin floppy drive type power cable, you'll need a SATA power to IDE power adaptor - e.g. eBay item 170223297331.


    Crossbow, thanks again for this. Not having any luck with an enclosure. Keep finding bad reviews etc, so think I will revert back to this idea. Also looked at the possibility of a basic kit with power adaptor (without need for enclosure) which seems to be the cheapest way to have a portable drive - see ebay item 360056610937 as example. This seemed to be the perfect solution until I saw Vista wasn't mentioned. Contanted the seller and he says no Vista support. Oh well!
    Crossbow
    No problem. Yet another option: if you have a spare PCI slot, consider a PCI IDE card - e.g. eBay items 170223853482 & 260245586900. Not 100% sure they'll work in Vista, though this one from HK - 110257051817 - claims to do. Another cheaper Vista-compatible one that should work in non-RAID - 160245937888.

    Also check out DealExtreme for similar cards & gizmos.
    Liddle ol' me
    Crossbow
    No problem. Yet another option: if you have a spare PCI slot, consider a PCI IDE card - e.g. eBay items 170223853482 & 260245586900. Not 100% sure they'll work in Vista, though this one from HK - 110257051817 - claims to do. Another cheaper Vista-compatible one that should work in non-RAID - 160245937888.

    Also check out DealExtreme for similar cards & gizmos.


    Thanks again Crossbow - you are good at this! I've emailed both sellers to see if they reckon this is Vista compatible. That seems to be the biggest potential glitch. Wish I'd kept one machine on XP now :roll:
    darkovo
    I thought I'd see how you'd got on.
    Anyway these internal PCI card will give you the IDE connection required for data transfer but you still require a power source for the Drive & yes would require a driver for Vista.
    I suggest the external Caddy as mentioned previously, I can't see it not working in Windows Vista as it is just an USB or Firewire CDROM type device, so shouldn't require a driver for Vista, eg ebay item 280230018593.
    If using Firewire rather than USB, you would need a Firewire PCI card though for the PC, so would need to make sure it is Vista Compatible.
    Good Luck.
    Liddle ol' me
    darkovo
    I thought I'd see how you'd got on.
    Anyway these internal PCI card will give you the IDE connection required for data transfer but you still require a power source for the Drive & yes would require a driver for Vista.
    I suggest the external Caddy as mentioned previously, I can't see it not working in Windows Vista as it is just an USB or Firewire CDROM type device, so shouldn't require a driver for Vista, eg ebay item 280230018593.
    If using Firewire rather than USB, you would need a Firewire PCI card though for the PC, so would need to make sure it is Vista Compatible.
    Good Luck.


    Thanks, no luck yet, but I think I have a power source for the drive from the unused floopy connector. The ebay item you linked to won't work though as it's only a 3.5" - I need a 5.25" for the DVD drive.
    Crossbow
    Couple more options....
    1. Get a SATA DVD-rom drive: Toshiba-Samsung TS-H353 16x SATA DVD-ROM Drive = £13.68 delivered [cheaper than the SVP enclosure you linked to]
    Also see eBay items 230257543558, 270241399549 & 260247523293 for a DVD-rom SATA drive for ~£10 delivered.

    2. If willing to spend £20, a SATA DVD-rewriter: Optiarc AD-7200S 20X DVD±RW/DL/RAM Internal SATA = £19.78 delivered

    The IDE drive can be used in another PC, sold or given away :thumbsup:
    Liddle ol' me
    Crossbow
    Couple more options....
    1. Get a SATA DVD-rom drive: Toshiba-Samsung TS-H353 16x SATA DVD-ROM Drive = £13.68 delivered [cheaper than the SVP enclosure you linked to]
    Also see eBay items 230257543558, 270241399549 & 260247523293 for a DVD-rom SATA drive for ~£10 delivered.

    2. If willing to spend £20, a SATA DVD-rewriter: Optiarc AD-7200S 20X DVD±RW/DL/RAM Internal SATA = £19.78 delivered

    The IDE drive can be used in another PC, sold or given away :thumbsup:


    Thanks but I NEED this IDE drive. It's an LG GDR-8161B, one of the few models that reads Wii discs. Maybe now you see why I going to all this bother... :whistling:
    darkovo
    Liddle ol' me;2238321
    Thanks, no luck yet, but I think I have a power source for the drive from the unused floopy connector. The ebay item you linked to won't work though as it's only a 3.5" - I need a 5.25" for the DVD drive.


    OK I got carried away with the 3.5" info!

    What about these or something similar you might find:
    220241552967 for Firewire
    or
    380033900770
    or search for "5.25 usb enclosure" if you want USB.

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