About a month ago we got a new dvd/cd burner, the LG GSA-H55L. About 2 weeks after that, my husband kinda of screwed up 3 existing hard drives trying to put then in a different tower…
So he went out that night and got a dell tower at walmart(dimension E521). Probably not the best pc put there but better than my older one. This one has all serial ata plugs in it. But our Light scribe is an EIDE/ATAPI.
What would be the best way to be able to use this in our newer computer? there is one 4 pin power plug in the comuter but no place to put an ide.
Was thinking maybe try going the route of trying to make it an external one? Or I’m up for other ideas. there are 2 more SATA imputs in the board at the moment. Need something that he really cant screw up. lol
On the same level we have the 2 80g and a 20g hard drive left over… He just cant get them to recognise what on it or get windows to boot now. Wanted to wipe then with a maxblast or what have you and use them as extra. but again they are IDE and the new comp is pretty much only SATA.
Again I dont know if it would be best to get one of those extrernal cases and use it that way.
Hi and Welcome!
there are basically two options to install PATA (=IDE) drives into a SATA-only computer:
Option 1: Installing an add-on card
Option 2: Install the drives in external enclosures (either USB or IEEE1384)
Both options are good for harddisks, optical drives can be very picky about that. That said, I would prefer installing the DVD writer in an external enclosure.
For the harddisks, just use what you can get cheaper.
Hi folks there is another option which is probably the easiest and probably gives your optical device the best connection to the computer.
Add-On cards can be a pain to configure in some cases and do not work with all devices.
The data transfer rates are slower when optical or harddrives are connected via external enclosures. (either USB or IEEE1384)
The easiest solution would be to use a Serial ATA to IDE Converter. You may have to buy a 3 dollar adapter so you have the correct power connection also. Have a look at this link, it will explain how to hook it up. This connection will save space in the computer and helps with airflow compared to the old ide ribbon cables.