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Convert internal CD/DVD drive into external one.

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May 31, 2013 8:24:49 PM

Hey!

So I've recently pulled apart my old computer and taken out two CD/DVD burners and wondering if I could convert them into external ones.

All the tutorials I have found add an external AC power, but I own a USB 3.0 BluRay burner and it has no need for external power.

Is it possible to convert mine into the same as what I have bought?

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May 31, 2013 9:42:29 PM

Blu Ray only burns at about 2x whereas a regular Cd/Dvd drive will burn between 4x and 52x requiring added power up to about 20 amps (depending on Cd or DVD). It's much like the diference between a 2.5 inch hdd and a 3.5 inch hdd, the 2.5 inch hdd needs only the usb o=port to run it but the 3.5 inch hdd needs the external power adapter because like the cd/dvd drive, it requires the use of 12v which you don't get from a single usb port.

You can get an adapter for about $15 - usb to IDE (includes Sata connector and connector for 2.5inch devices). There are mobile racks or enclosures that you can use for the cd/dvd drive but they also require the use of a power adapter and are finicky on the Operating System version as well as the usb port type, some of them like the LaCie version need software drivers. Just get the adapter, no drivers required.

http://www.circuitcentral.com.au/usb-2.0-to-sata-ide-ad...
the link price refers to Australia 31 dollars, there are cheaper ones about, I only paid about $15 but that was more than 4 years ago.
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May 31, 2013 9:54:02 PM

TenPc said:
Blu Ray only burns at about 2x whereas a regular Cd/Dvd drive will burn between 4x and 52x requiring added power up to about 20 amps (depending on Cd or DVD). It's much like the diference between a 2.5 inch hdd and a 3.5 inch hdd, the 2.5 inch hdd needs only the usb o=port to run it but the 3.5 inch hdd needs the external power adapter because like the cd/dvd drive, it requires the use of 12v which you don't get from a single usb port.

You can get an adapter for about $15 - usb to IDE (includes Sata connector and connector for 2.5inch devices). There are mobile racks or enclosures that you can use for the cd/dvd drive but they also require the use of a power adapter and are finicky on the Operating System version as well as the usb port type, some of them like the LaCie version need software drivers. Just get the adapter, no drivers required.

http://www.circuitcentral.com.au/usb-2.0-to-sata-ide-ad...
the link price refers to Australia 31 dollars, there are cheaper ones about, I only paid about $15 but that was more than 4 years ago.


I was hoping that wasnt the case. Ah well -.-
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