I bought a Dell Dimension 521, but didn't order a DVD burner as I had just bought a SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBE - OEM for my last machine two months ago. I then learned the new computer didn't have any IDE connectors, so I bought an IDE to SATA converter. I'm pretty much a newbie at this but I figured it couldn't be too hard to install on my own. I attached the converter to the back of the drive and using the DVD drive already installed as a guide, I plugged the molex connector to the power supply and the SATA into the motherboard. The damn thing doesn't work. It doesn't even seem to power on. Does anyone have an idea what I may have done wrong?
So first, double and tipple check to make sure there is no IDE port hiding somewhere.
I have not used those IDE to SATA devices but I assume they should work with a CD/DVD-rom. Can you post the adapter you bought? Also make sure your DVD drive is set to MASTER(or single...never slave or CS). if not i do not think those things will work. If it does not work, return it?
If all else fails and you have room, you can always try a IDE to USB and just run the cable out the back and plug it in. Those I KNOW work with CD/DVD's USB to IDE/SATA
* One 40-pin female connector for ATA HDD/CDRom/DVD Devices
* Support ATA 100 / 133 HDD and all CDRom / DVD Devices
* One Serial ATA Port
* One 4-pin power connector
* Compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 Specification
* Support Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Mac OS
Those are the specs.
And yes firewire is good as well, but for optical drive speed USB will not be taxed. On the other hand the firewire is less likely to be shared with another device for long times, yeah go fire wire
Back on topic. Can you test the adapter on another computer?
Maybe the adapter just does not work(RMA time?). PCI IDE/Sata cards are cheap and come in low profile. So it is still an option. With PCI ide cards you have to make sure they run atapi, since not all(my promise one says it will not so never tried it) do.