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how to hook up a sata dvd-rw drive externally
Jul 27, 2008, 2:23 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.
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Aug 27, 2008
hook sata drive externally
Aug 27, 2008, 8:33 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
Aug 27, 2008, 9:27 AM
No problem finding 1m SATA cables, or longer external ones. Just Google "sata cables" to find a supplier for your location.
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Aug 27, 2008, 9:30 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.
Aug 27, 2008, 11:49 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?
Aug 27, 2008, 12:11 PM
Don't know the answer to that, but if you use an external cable they come in 1.5 metre lengths.
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