I’m rebuilding my old system and keeping what I can. I had 2 HDDs and 2 opticals on IDE. I have really liked both my ASUS CRW-5224A and my Benq DVD LS DW1655, and they both still work perfectly.
But my new mb will have just 1 x IDE connector; the rest will be SATA. The economical wisdom is to put my IDE HDDs on that cable, and to replace the [perfectly good] opticals with a new one on SATA, which might cost me only $25 or $35.
Darn! I hate to do that. Choices:
— Buy an adapter for about $25 instead. Your opinions on that?
— Look for a different mb. Well, this will be AM2+. Try it. I actually DID find an AM2 (but not AM2+) which had 2 IDE connectors. But I want a bit of future in my new system: AM2+ supports AM2, AM2+, and allows the use of AM3. It is the only one that will.
— Just do the thang. Buy a replacement optical on SATA. Okay, that’s likely what I’ll do, under protest. I LIKE my opticals! So, if I do it this way, what are your suggestions for my lowest cost DVD-RW that gives me something roughly the same quality as what I have now? Even my newer BenQ is 2006, and I’m out of date since then.
(And, speaking of BenQ, I don’t see opticals with the BenQ name on them anymore. Did I miss something?)
My new system will be XP 64. Thanks for your ideas.