Question regarding ATA DVD drive.

  wesparmalee 14:23 20 Feb 2008

I have a Dell Dimension E520 PC.This computer has only one dvd rw drive, and i need to put in a second drive.I have an old dvd drive from a previous computer that i was thinking of using, but the connections at the back are different.I'm just wondering if this drive can be used, or do i need to buy a completly new drive?The old drive had the long IDE stlye connection, whereas the Dell drive has a much smaller connector.What is the main difference between the two?Thanks in advance.

  Stuartli 14:38 20 Feb 2008

It would appear that the Dell optical drive is a SATA model.

Is there an IDE connection on the motherboard?

  wesparmalee 14:41 20 Feb 2008

No, the connectors are only around an inch in length, not those long IDE types.

  citadel 15:07 20 Feb 2008

if you have a free pci slot you can get a card that you plug them into.

  Stuartli 16:02 20 Feb 2008

New Sata optical drives, as with IDE equivalents, are very cheap these days and come from the top brands.

A DVD-ROM shouldn't cost more than a tenner and a full DVD rewriter just under double that figure.


click here

for some examples.

  crosstrainer 16:27 20 Feb 2008

Work, but it's dearer than a new drive! :)

click here

  wesparmalee 12:15 21 Feb 2008

Thanks for all the advice.

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