how to hook up a sata dvd-rw drive externally Tags: DVD Writers SATA 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 a b G Storage 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 a b G Storage 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 a b G Storage 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 How do I hook up the SATA drives on my board? Forum Thecus Brings SATA to External Storage Forum IDE/ SATA to USB Adaptor not picking up drive . Forum How to hook up a desktop hard drive to a laptop Forum External laptop hard drive , Hook Up ? Forum Can not boot from sata dvd+/-rw drive Forum Repairing Windows install w/HD hooked up externally Forum Need a good hard drive dock to store SATA drives externally Forum Does this DVD-RW drive need SATA cables? Forum Questions About SAS, SATA , and Hard Drives Forum GA P35 DS3 Cannot boot from SATA DVDRW drive (hangs at dmi) Forum How to hook up laptop hard drive to different laptop Forum My computer is saying that there is a hard disk failure Forum My DVD drive is suddenly missing from Windows Vista Forum Please help with hard drive upgrade Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !