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I just pulled my Cd drive out of my case to improve airflow. I have an Esata port on my case. Do I need to get an external Esata drive or can I somehow still use my internal as an external?
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post #2 of 11
For optical drives, USB is sufficient. Just get a cheap USB enclosure for the DVD drive.
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post #3 of 11
You need a type I (eSata) to type L (normal Sata) cable, like this one. You'll also need a power supply for it, ebay "12v 5v molex power supply".
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well if your drive is sata then you should have no problems using it with esata.....just supply power
    
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vlasov_581;15219264 
well if your drive is sata then you should have no problems using it with esata.....just supply power

Are you saying he can plug the sata cable into an esata port? Because you can't, I've tried.
    
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well i figured he knew that smile.gif
    
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post #7 of 11
There is no sense getting a Sata to Esata cable and a molex power brick when you can get a complete usb enclosure (with power) for about the same price.

And as I stated earlier, DVD drives won't even saturate a USB connection.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawk777th;15219167 
can I somehow still use my internal as an external?
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Originally Posted by corky dorkelson;15219329 
There is no sense getting a Sata to Esata cable and a molex power brick when you can get a complete usb enclosure (with power) for about the same price.

And as I stated earlier, DVD drives won't even saturate a USB connection.

I didn't mean to step on your toes or offend you in any way when I posted my response. I agree that an external USB enclosure makes the most sense but without knowing the whole story, I just thought I'd offer a solution to his question.

I myself am using an internal DVD burner as an external. It is much less bulky than an externally enclosed DVD drive and I have it hidden under my desk with double sided tape. Luckily for me, I already had a power supply (I use it to bleed my loop and run fans outside of my case) and only needed to buy the cable.

I can spot an open box 5.25" sata enclosure on Newegg for $18 shipped, but usually they're ~$30. Then there's eBay listings for a 12v 5v molex PSU that come with a molex to sata converter for $8 shipped, and an eSata to Sata cable is about $5-6.
Edited by skkhai - 10/7/11 at 7:50pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by skkhai;15219779 
I didn't mean to step on your toes or offend you in any way when I posted my response. I agree that an external USB enclosure makes the most sense but without knowing the whole story, I just thought I'd offer a solution to his question.

I myself am using an internal DVD burner as an external. It is much less bulky than an externally enclosed DVD drive and I have it hidden under my desk with double sided tape. Luckily for me, I already had a power supply (I use it to bleed my loop and run fans outside of my case) and only needed to buy the cable.

I can spot an open box 5.25" sata enclosure on Newegg for $18 shipped, but usually they're ~$30. Then there's eBay listings for a 12v 5v molex PSU that come with a molex to sata converter for $8 shipped, and an eSata to Sata cable is about $5-6.

I have seen external DVD burners for $14.99 + FS.

It's sad, but buying a whole new burner is probably cheaper than any other solution.
     
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Can you link me to a cheap external?

Looking at this one so far.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135218

Does Windows recognize these just like an internal?
Edited by Hawk777th - 10/7/11 at 8:20pm
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