[quote=Cressida;2035348]You’re welcome, johnnycab13.
Yes, the EEPROM is unique to the drive, so it’s your burner’s life insurance. If you have an older EEPROM backup, all the better. The firmware backup isn’t that important, but I still advise you to make it (in case you want to get back to where you started from 100%). Most firmware versions are available for download from codeguys though and you can flash back and forth as you please.
Lite-On burners have always used the same form factor, so they would be a straight swap in the enclosure. Pioneers are about 1/4" longer and power + IDE connectors are offset more to the side. If the internal connection is made with short cables, it should be OK, if the connectors are hardwired onto the little PCB, it will be a problem. You’d have to check it, as I haven’t worked with one of those Sony enclosures myself.
The Pioneers are among the best DL burners (and they do have auto-bitsetting for DL), but I’m not too sure about compatibility with the enclosure chipset (115D) or your mobo chipset (215D).[/quote]
I am going to order the Pioneer 215D first thing tomorrow morning - as at present, I don’t have the time to play around with making the enclosure work with the Pio! I will shop around for an external enclosure at some point, or just put into one of the PC’s as a main burner.
I have around 3-4 PC’s and couple of laptops; hence, the need for an external burner. I have also recently acquired a Samsung SHD-162D - which I will be flashing soon. In the meantime, I will play around with the Sony drive. I also have SATA onboard my PC’s with ICH5, ICH6 & ICH7 chipsets. But, also have a VIA 6421 SATA card - so guess should be ok for connectivity
However, I have one last question before I leave you alone; although not relevant to this thread - I also have an USB to IDE/SATA Cable with an external power supply (with a molex connector) Although, it will not be my first choice of connection - can I use that too? Also, does the Pioneer 215D draw power off a SATA cable(connected to the motherboard/PCI card) and is it enough to power up the drive?
The connection here shows the back of the drive, which does not look like it needs a molex connector: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=22642&PageId=0
Your advice and help has been much appreciated.