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#1 slo

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 12:56 PM

Hi, 1st post. Running Windows XP SP3. I bought a new drive for this Dell Dimension 3000. It is a DVD writer. When I popped the cover ( about a month after purchase ), no sata ports, just IDE plugs. Is there a way I can make this work. Is there some type of transition cable/port; do I need a board with Sata plug? I know I should have looked BEFORE buying. Currently, I just know enough to be dangerous. Can't afford alot of parts I can't use. Please excuse any impropriety in the 1st few postings, as I am new to this process. In advance, I appreciate any replies.

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 01:10 PM

Hmm... better check what it says next time :-). You can make it work by buying a SATA PCI Card if your Motherboard doesn't have a SATA port OR you can get a SATA - USB adapter, and an adapter for SATA Drive's power too since the normal powering cable won't work, then you can connect it through USB.

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 01:11 PM

Yes there is Newegg.com sells them for around 12 bucks plus shipping. Its a internal PCI SATA controller. make sure to get one with the internal connections since your burner will be inside the case.


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Posted 01 June 2008 - 01:18 PM

Thanks ya'll. I didn't mean to put that under external hardware--it is internal. For clarity: if I get the adapter, then I won't need the PCI card? Is that correct? And BTW, I got this drive from new egg. Thanks again...

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:09 PM

Yes, if you get the adapter, then you won't require the PCI Card. It depends on you, what you want to do. I mean I had an internal IDE DVD-Writer once set up through IDE-USB adapter! It's cable was long enough so I routed it out the back of the casing and into the motherboard. Did not use it for very long that way but it worked.




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