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Tech help: Adding an DVD-ROM IDE drive to a Desktop with only SATA plugs * RESOLVED *

Liddle ol' me Avatar
8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Guys, I have a Dell Vostro 200 with a DVD R/W (sata) drive already in there. I want to add a 2nd DVD ROM drive, but it's a IDE drive and I've looked at the system board components (see below) and there doesn't appear to be a connector. What are the options? I need to use this drive for its rawdump capabilities. Any help will be appreciated.

NOTE: I need to use this specific drive to back up wii games, so getting another SATA drive is not an option.
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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IDE to SATA converter

Something along the lines of

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=36036&doy=28m5&C=SO&U=strat15
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Or for $6.90 (if you're not in a hurry :thumbsup: )

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7533
#3
vixygwim
Use a USB / Firewire caddy for the drive.


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IDE to SATA converter

Something along the lines of

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=36036&doy=28m5&C=SO&U=strat15


Thanks both - Rep added! The converter is a bit pricey; was hoping to avoid this kind of price. I guess a caddy is cheaper, but will be slower slower... :thinking:
#4
tony_s1
Or for $6.90 (if you're not in a hurry :thumbsup: )

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7533


Thanks :thumbsup: From the comments I'll have to look and see if I have the proper power converters before gtting this. Hope so, the price is right! Rep added.
#5
tony_s1
Or for $6.90 (if you're not in a hurry :thumbsup: )

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7533


Saw the review (below) for this:

Cons: It doesn't come with a SATA-power -> Molex converter, so I wasn't able to power my old drive with my new computer because the power supply didn't have any Molex power connectors.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend purchasing a SATA to molex power converter (or vice-versa) if your new system's power supply doesn't have both power connectors.


Just confirmed that my desktop doesn't have a Molex power connector. Anyone got a link to a converter I can pick up? Have been looking around but getting a bit confused and don't want to but the wrong one. I think it's not this one I need, right? http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Peripherals/Cabling/Serial+ATA/4pin+Molex+to+SATA+Power+Connector+?productId=7683
#6
Would it not work out cheaper to just buy a SATA DVD Writer?

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=787237

Edit: Sell your current one of t'ebay for a couple of pounds and then buy a SATA one, it is going to be a hell of a lot less messing aboutl.
#7
dmccabe
Would it not work out cheaper to just buy a SATA DVD Writer?

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=787237


The IDE drive is one of those rare ones that back up Wii & gamecube games. :thumbsup:
#8
ah fair enough, however I think the one you linked to on Aria is the wrong way round. Your wanting to connect a IDE/Molex style drive to a SATA set of cables, where that convert is convert SATA drives for molex connectors.
#9
dmccabe
ah fair enough, however I think the one you linked to on Aria is the wrong way round. Your wanting to connect a IDE/Molex style drive to a SATA set of cables, where that convert is convert SATA drives for molex connectors.


Yes, thanks - that's what I thought. Can't seem to find the right one though. Suppose I can give scan a call and ask them. :thumbsup:
#10
Think this is the one you need: http://www.satagear.com/USB-PRODUCT-DETAILS.cfm?sku=SS-PW2MA1&catid=&cats=

****** thats a US site :/
#12
dmccabe
Think this is the one you need: http://www.satagear.com/USB-PRODUCT-DETAILS.cfm?sku=SS-PW2MA1&catid=&cats=

****** thats a US site :/


Thanks for that - adding rep :thumbsup: was hoping to get a UK site and cheaper but they seem really hard to find. Will keep looking and keep this one on the back-burner if no joy. Thanks again.
#13
vixygwim
Remember you need to power both the adapter and the drive :thumbsup:.


You've lost me :? What's the adaptor?

EDIT: Oh right, the SATA-IDE Bilateral Converter Board from DX, right? Gotcha!
#14


Excellent! Nearly missed this post :thumbsup:

EDIT: Now opened a Wanted thread to see if anyone has any of these things things not being used - http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=191510
#15
your welcome :)
#16
Btw, update just fyi. Phoned Scan and they recommended this - seems the least bothersome internal option. I will go for it tomorrow if I don't get an offer on the other thread http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=577057 Seems the easiest internal option. Unless I get an offer for something on here in the next day or so I will go for it Thanks again for all the help :thumbsup:

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