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Windows 7: Making an internal optical drive an external portable one


21 Nov 2011   #1

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 
Making an internal optical drive an external portable one

Don't want to buy an expensive external optical drive so am trying to think of how to make a SATA or IDE internal optical drive into an external one for emergencies.

Anyone know if I can get adaptors for the power and data connections?

Have Googled but no luck.

Oops found some build ideas on Youtube - should have looked there first I suppose


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22 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

SATA IDE to USB HD DVD RW Converter Power Adapter Cable on eBay!

i have one of those, but i cant get it to work with an IDE drive though.
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22 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

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22 Nov 2011   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Thanks badger and rustberger that Altech one looks the go as the enclosure comes with it
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22 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I use a Vantec enclosure that was pretty cheap, and it turned a $20 Samsung SATA burner into an external one, for troubleshooting or working on computers that don't have optical drives.
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22 Nov 2011   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I use a Vantec enclosure that was pretty cheap, and it turned a $20 Samsung SATA burner into an external one, for troubleshooting or working on computers that don't have optical drives.
Thanks Deacon I'll try there as the Altech ones were fairly expensive and I specifically want one (or two) that use IDE drives as I have a pile of them here.

Just thought I would make one up for this friend who has just bought an eMachine M355 for it's size.
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