Compatible DVD-RW Drive

I have a old Dell E510 with XP software.
My drives have a 4 pin power plug like seen here -
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/storage/P112120/en/image001.gif
but most of the new drives have another configuration.
I believe they call it SATA connections, but the problem is
I have seen SATA drives with both styles of connections.
Any way of differentiating between the two?
Or even recommendations of suggested ones to use.
Also posible DVD-ROM drives would be appreciated.
I would like to install one of each.

DanL

What you want are called PATA drives. You can find a PATA DVD-ROM drive here. You’ll probably have to check e b a y for PATA DVD burners.

Thanks

DanL

If you do buy a used IDE/PATA drive, you should look for an NEC 7200a in good condition. It is one of the best drives with that interface. Here is one at auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-NEC-Optiacar-DVD-CD-Rewritable-Drive-AD-7200A-/300846644162?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item460bdb7bc2

Thanks but I see this one for $9 more total cost and seller refurbished -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/310533899537?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
Sounds like a better deal, at least.

DanL

[QUOTE=danlaudionut;2674845]Thanks but I see this one for $9 more total cost and seller refurbished -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/310533899537?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
Sounds like a better deal, at least.

DanL[/QUOTE]

Yes, if you prefer having the 90 day warranty behind the item, $9.00 more does not seem unreasonable.

I do agree with Kerry, that is a very good choice in a replacement drive for you.

The NEC 7200a got lost in transit by the post office.
How is the SONY NEC Optiarc AW-Q170A in comparison?
Seller has these to replace it.

DanL

AW-Q170A is an AD-5170A/AD-7170A, and that line of early Optiarc drives is not as well regarded as the AD-520x/AD-720x and newer. They had middling burning quality and not-great reading performance for poor-quality discs (though they still perform like every other drive when reading the average, good-quality disc; this made them great transfer rate test drives).

They (7170 and variants) also retained some of the issues from NEC’s later drives, where certain non-NEC drives drives fail at full-speed reading of discs written by a 7170, due to the relinks that happen during every DVD burn (as part of the OPC). This issue may have remained in the AD-7200, but didn’t seem to cause anywhere near as much of an issue (which, admittedly, was a small issue).

Nevertheless, an AD-7170A is not as worthy of your money as the AD-7200 would have been. :frowning:

Thanks

DanL