How can I use my 3500AG on my new PC?

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#1

Hi guys,

I’ve recently purchased a new PC, with the intention of replacing its DVD-ROM drive with my old NEC 3500AG. However, the new PC’s DVD-ROM uses SATA connections, and there are no extra IDE slots on my motherboard! :a

So, I’m wondering what is the best thing to do. I’m not really a hardware expert, but I’ve heard that I could:

  1. Buy a new SATA DVD writer (NEC 7170?)
  2. Get a SATA to IDE converter (seen one for £5 on Ebay)
  3. Use one of the PCI slots, get a low-profile card for it, and connect the drive that way.

Please correct any of the above if I’ve misinterpreted what I read.

Do you guys have any advice on the best thing to do? I’ve always been delighted with my 3500 and would prefer to continue using it.


#2

Hi,

what about putting your NEC into an USB enclosure?

Michael


#3

I’d prefer an internal drive, but am open to the suggestion. Actually, when I first bought the 3500, it was to be as an external drive, but there was a problem with SCSI and a particular version of Nero (details are sketchy in my mind) which just made me give up and opt to install it internally.


#4

The best solution would be a PCI IDE card with the [B]Silicon Image 680A chipset[/B]. This would allow upto 4 IDE drives to be used.
Failing that, an IDE to SATA adapter may be the best solution if you want the drive internal.


#5

I’m thinking it is going to be cheaper, and easier, to get a new SATA DVD writer, as I really would prefer an internal drive. That is unless I could get burns that were just as good, with the 3500 connected externally. Is it possible to get just as good a quality of burn while connecting externally?

Thanks for all the helpful replies so far.


#6

Hi,

normally there is no difference in burn quality if a drive is installed externally. But depending on the USB (or firewire) controller, the corresponding controller in the enclosure, and on the drive, the maximum speed might not be reached.

Michael


#7

I have my 3500 in a Prolific chipset based external enclosure and get 12X writing speed with it. 16X is kind of iffi.


#8

To be honest, I’m not worried about speed as long as the quality is there. Is it as simple as connecting the drive/case to the USB port, and just burning as normal?


#9

You just assemble the case and connect the cables plug it in to USB/Firewire and away you go. But you might do some research in the External Enclosure thread on which ones are good to buy now. I don’t even think you can find Prolific chipset anymore but there are good ones out there.

Where are you located?


#10

United Kingdom. :slight_smile:


#11

OK, the choice now seems to be:

  1. Buy an external enclosure to house the 3500.
  2. Buy a new SATA drive.

I’m aware that the 3500 is still considered one of the very best drives available, so I really don’t want to have to replace it. I’m also guessing that I could buy an enclosure for less than a new SATA drive would cost.

Therefore - and I did look at that huge External Enclosures thread! - can anyone recommend a reliable enclosure for the 3500?

I’d really appreciate any replies. :slight_smile: Thanks!


#12

An external enclosure is about the same price as a new drive.
This might be of interest though http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124850


#13

Thanks for that, Dee. Have you had any experience in the quality of such a device? Obviously at that price, it would be great if that would allow me to achieve high-quality burns.


#14

The interface itself should not affect burn quality. It could have an effect on max speed available. You would have to try this for yourself though.