[QUOTE=shunsai;2179012]after doing a little research for my own purposes though, i think i might buy one of those PCMCIA SATA cards like debro suggested. they seem pretty reasonable in price. something i’m not clear on though: if i have a SATA device ( LG GGW-H20) and a SATA PCMCIA card with both a SATA connector and eSATA connector, do i still need an enclosure for my drive? or would it just be powered through the PCMCIA card? i’m completely new to SATA and eSATA.[/QUOTE]
Sata/Esata doesn’t include power in the cable - you will need to have a separate power source.
Many newer Desktop PC power supplies &/or cases provide the old molex, or the new sata power outputs for this purpose
Effectively, (because you have a laptop) you will need an Esata/Sata Case to put your drive in.
USB2 (but not USB1) is fast enough for slow burning (upto 12x for DVD. or 2x for Bluray), but Esata is best atm … it runs at full speed, and sata/esata is designed as a direct interface for high speed drives … it will limit the problems you will have. USB/sata bridges can be temperamental, and if you buy the wrong one, you could end up with a slow case with weird issues.
I understand that you can also get dual esata/USB ->sata cases. This would be best, so you can use it on desktop computers, or other laptops without sata or PCMCIA/Express card (whichever your laptop has).
IDE to sata converters are not recommended … unfortunately it’s a market that was flooded with cheap garbage devices quickly before reliable manufacturers got on board, and it won’t really help you regardless, you’ll still need to figure out how to get IDE outside your laptop, and power