I have a combined DVD re-writer and card reader which I want to use as an external drive by means of a caddy to connect to a laptop. The connections in the caddy provide for power and an IDE cable connection. The DVD works OK. However, the drive itself also has a separate cable which connects the card readers to the computer. The plug on the end of this cable has provision for ten connections in two rows of five. The cables to the top row from the left are red, white, green, black and black. On the bottom row from the left the colours are red, white, green and black – the last position on this row being left blank.
Is it possible to connect this cable via a USB connector to the computer to use the card readers and, if so, what are the connections?
It's not something i'd recommend doing as i say, unless your apt with soldering, shrink wrap etc. Basically, if you splice a usb cable you'll find that the colours correspond to the colours on your connector, it's simply a case of matching them up, joining efficiently and covering with shrink wrap, however from what you describe, you have two lots of connectors which will require two usb cables and two usb ports, then there's the issue of how the caddy connects to the laptop, usb as well?? if so that's 3 usb wires trailing into your laptop for one drive, if i were you i'd stick with drive as is and buy an external standalone reader, they are really quite cheap.