[QUOTE=markanini;2608232]I bought one off eBay hoping that I could hook up my trusty IDE burner to the SATA ports on my new motherboard but it simply refused to work. Worked fine on an old IDE HDD though. Are all adaptors like this or has anyone had any experience with an adaptor that works for optical drives?[/QUOTE]
I’ve been using two Vantec CB-IS100 IDE to Sata converters that mount on the rear of my ASUS DVD-E616A2 DVD-ROM and my ASUS CRW-5232AX CD-RW IDE drives for several years now with zero problems. I bought them from Amazon for around $15. USD each at the time. I see now that they’re about $12. each.
These may cost a little more than your average eBay junk, but they are much higher quality with fully enclosed electronics and most importantly - they work, even with ATAPI (optical) drives! I’ve used them through three SATA motherboards and they’re currently still working flawlessly on an all-SATA ASUS P6X58D Premium with Windows 7 64-bit and the same IDE optical drives.