Hi! I bought a new HP Intel Quad Core-based PC with Vista Premium. I want to add a second DVD-R/DL Drive to it as much of what I use is AnyDVD/CloneDVD for backups and would prefer to copy drive to drive. I also use Adobe Premiere for some DV editing and want to burn DVD movies from it with Nero Ultra.
Anyway- I planned on pulling the Sony DRU-830A from my old PC and transferring it as it’s pretty new and I like it…NO DICE- I didn’t realize the new HP machine is all ATA, not an IDE ribbon cable to be had. So I need to buy an [S?]ATA drive.
As for the drive that’s already in there now, Vista Device Mgr says it’s:
“ATAPI DVD A DH16A1L”
Nero Info doesn’t tell me much more but that the FW is ‘KH15’
The HP PC seems to have an ATA Power cable free and it appears I can plug into one or two more open ATA connectors on the bottom of the motherboard but they do not document that very well at all. There are a number of bright red ATA cables already connecting (2) 320GB HDs and the Lightscribe DVD-R/DL drive above, but it looks like there is a blue and a beige open connector.
SO…what drive do I pick given this background? Any suggested source? IOW is there a good one I can walk into Best Buy and pick up over the weekend or should I order one of the Top 5s on here from an online vendor?
THANKS- great info here.