how to hook up a sata dvd-rw drive externally Tags: DVD Writers SATA How To DVD RW Storage Last response: August 27, 2008 12:11 PM in Storage Share ashirusn July 27, 2008 2:23:29 AM if i purchase a regular internal SATA-based DVD-RW drive can I use a long SATA cable to place the drive externally (say 100cm away)? Or, do I need a drive designed to be installed externally and a external SATA port. Looks aren't important as this is for a custom built kiosk system so wires going everywhere doesn't matter More about : hook sata dvd drive externally lolitha August 27, 2008 8:33:12 AM well i suggest using a SATA to USB adapter which is like 15$ i think it's easy than finding a long SATA cables Ijack August 27, 2008 9:27:38 AM No problem finding 1m SATA cables, or longer external ones. Just Google "sata cables" to find a supplier for your location. Related resources How can I hook up a 3rd Hard Drive to my PC? & Questions - Forum WOndering how to hook up Dvd drive - Forum Brando Hooks Up ( S)ATA Drives To USB 2.0 - Forum How 2 hook up and SATA hard drive - Forum Using Power Supply externally - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Ijack August 27, 2008 9:30:44 AM Sorry - forgot to add: The drive doesn't know whether it's internal or external (!) so I can't see any reason why what you propose shouldn't work. ashirusn August 27, 2008 11:49:04 AM Am I correct that eSata connectors are identical to regular (internal) SATA connectors except for the holding catch and that a sata cable will fit an eSata port? Ijack August 27, 2008 12:11:47 PM Don't know the answer to that, but if you use an external cable they come in 1.5 metre lengths. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumHow do I hook up the SATA drives on my board? ForumThecus Brings SATA to External Storage ForumIDE/ SATA to USB Adaptor not picking up drive . ForumHow to hook up a desktop hard drive to a laptop ForumExternal laptop hard drive , Hook Up ? ForumCan not boot from sata dvd+/-rw drive ForumRepairing Windows install w/HD hooked up externally ForumNeed a good hard drive dock to store SATA drives externally ForumDoes this DVD-RW drive need SATA cables? ForumQuestions About SAS, SATA , and Hard Drives ForumGA P35 DS3 Cannot boot from SATA DVDRW drive (hangs at dmi) ForumHow to hook up laptop hard drive to different laptop ForumMy computer is saying that there is a hard disk failure ForumMy DVD drive is suddenly missing from Windows Vista ForumPlease help with hard drive upgrade More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !