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#1 battyhippie

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 03:12 PM

With everything else going on. I do believe that the Cd drive is giving up the ghost because it plays real slooow and it doesn't seem to want to write anymore...guess I burned it out with all those disk trying to clean the system. So any suggestions on what I should or where I should get a replacement? And the next question...are they difficult to replace? Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:07 AM

Simple to replace. You need to know what interface you use, IDE or SATA. I would guess IDE, but you need to make sure. I like Pioneer and I almost always buy from Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.as...=CD-DVD-Burners
For the price you might as well get a DVD burner

http://www.buildeasypc.com/hw/howto/instdvd.htm

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#3 battyhippie

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:28 AM

garmanma...thank-you ever so much, esp for the site that has pic's. It appears that it is very similar to replacing the old 5 1/4 inch drives. But my next question is how do I know if I have IDE or SATA? It's for the emachine...and please don't laugh...

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 01:47 PM

The connectors for each are very different, as are the cables. SATA cables and connections are much smaller than those for PATA drives.

http://www.directron.com/patasata.html

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:23 PM

Okay...if I know that the optical drive is an interface enhanced IDE (ATAPI)<br> ...right, as if I really know what that all means, but I'll take a guess and say I have IDE, as garmanma thought. Now my question to you, hamluis is the IDE equal to the PATA? Or are we talking a whole different set of cables?

Again, Thank-you and please bear with me for I am Totally Computer Clueless.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:04 PM

Just remember...I've probably been more clueless than you for a longer period :thumbsup:.

For all intents and purposes...IDE and PATA are interchangeable...when talking about connectors for drives.

Both SATA connectors and PATA/IDE connectors...can be used to connect either a hard drive or an optical drive (CD/DVD).

All this confusion is the result of advancing technology, since for years there were only IDE cables...and then along came SATA :flowers:.

SATA cables are less than 1/2-inch wide and all mine are red...while IDE cables (here we go again) can be either rounded (but still with same 1-inch-plus connector) or flat (approximate same size as the connector).

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 07:58 PM

Nothing like being dazed and confused...I was really hoping that I would not have to open the tower, but it looks like I am going to have to take a peek. I guess it would be okay just to look so that I can order the drive? Reason why I am asking is that I am waiting for help and they do state don't change anything, so I don't want to do any more damage than I have already wonderfully done.

How did I find out what might be in the tower? I cheated and called emachine.

At any hoot, Thanks garmanma and hamluis! It might be awhile before I can actually change the darn drive, but I am at least in some kind of direction and will let you know if even a "ding bat" can do this one!




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