What model exactly?
I'd expect them to be Renesas LG rebadges, which aren't that bad
IDE or Sata? I missed that
If IDE, then you should be able to connect another drive on the same cable (maybe it has to be replaced by a standard cable that has the usual 3 connectors.
In case, it is Sata, then you either need
- a Sata drive or
- an IDE controller for connecting existing IDE drive or
- an USB enclosure for externally connecting an existing IDE drive. Please note that not all burners do well with USB/IDE bridges. The least important issue is limited write/read speed...