I honestly wish I could find someone selling any HD drives CHEAP.
as in ~$5 each. They'd be real useful a decade from now to generate peals of
laughter at a "Chinese Auction" as a gag gift for the technically oriented.
I have never actually seen an HD drive or HD blank media offered for
sale, because I believe the standard "died" before they got around to making any.
I've already got one gag-gift set aside for the future... The Matrix film trilogy on HD-DVD still sealed.
I think I paid $8 for the set at a goodwill store.
Does your Motherboard have any available PCI-E x1 slots available?
a simple PCI-E controller is considerably faster, but I agree that it probably
doesn't matter on an optical drive...