:a I bought a IDE to USB 2.0 adapter (w/power supply) to use IDE CD/DVD-ROM as external drives. I have the following three drives:
1) an old Creative 2x DVD-ROM
2) Plextor W1210TA CD-Writer
3) Pioneer DVR-A07XLA DVD-Writer
Both Creative and Plextor drives work in perfect condition when Windows XP recognized them as USB mass storage devices after connecting them through the IDE to USB adapter. The weird problem is with the Pioneer drive. It works perfectly when connected directly to an IDE channel. But it failed to read any CD or DVD when using as an external device by connecting it through the adapter, even though Windows XP recognized it as an USB device. It appeared that the CD/DVD inserted in the drive was detected. But no contect can be read like it is a blank disc. I upgraded the firmware of the Pioneer DVD-writer to the latest v1.20 and it did not help.
Any suggestion or advice?
Thanks for any help!