I have an external DVD writer which I bought to use with my old laptop. I now have a desktop with a built in DVD writer and DVD ROM. However, the external DVD writer is a dual layer so I am going to put it in the desktop (and have 2 DVD writers and remove the DVD ROM).
My question, therefore, is: Can I use the external housing of the DVD writer for an external hard drive? I would like to have a separate external hard drive for backups and this would save a bit of cash.
The external enclosure has the power leads and the IDE leads but no fan. Would this be a problem?