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December 19, 2009 6:33:06 PM

Not sure where else this should go so I'm initiating the question here in Storage > Writers. I'm needing some help figuring out how to adapt the following situation.

I have a Dell PowerEdge 850 server. The cable options are really limited and all I have to work with is a female IDE 40 pin data connection and a female 4 pin molex? (the small floppy power connection).

Dell wanted $80 bucks for a optical drive so I went with newegg. I purchased a Sony Optiarc slim DVD burner ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ).

I forgot the suggested adapter ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ); however, upon examination of my particular situation's parameters, I realized that adapter alone won't work.

Firstly, I have no where to attach that adapter's male power connection.
Secondly, I have no SATA data port available in the server.

So I though I could use something like this ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ), but from what Tiger Direct tells me ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - see the photo of the back end of the drive ) I'm working with a 6 pin data connection and a 7 pin power connection. So if I used an adapter board like the last newegg link, then I'll need to convert a 7 pin SATA data to a 6 pin SATA data connection and a 15 pin SATA power to a 7 pin SATA power connection. I'm not having much luck finding cables that will do those conversions. I'm also not sure who or where else to go to find out what options are available or customizable. I thought about contacting CPU Stuff, some of their links suggest they might make custom cables?, but I wasn't really sure of all the correct terms to describe the ends I'm looking for.

Thanks for any help you might have.
RC


p.s. I thought of returning the drive and/or getting one with a IDE (ATAPI) connection, but I'd still have no idea how to convert from what the server has in the way of power/data connections to what the drive would need.

Also, I tried contacting dell to see if there was any kind of adapter they had, the Home sales department had no idea. I hadn't yet tried calling any of the other sales departments.

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December 20, 2009 11:57:25 PM

You can plug the 2 pin Male Molex into any 4 pin Female Molex power connector.

For the SATA data port, use this. Plug one end into the IDE port on the motherboard and plug in the SATA cable from your slim SATA adapter.
January 1, 2010 9:41:46 PM

The problem is I don't have a 4 pin female molex power connection which fits.
I might be using the wrong term - the only power connection I have is a female 4 pin connector which matches the floppy drive power connection.

I'm seeing a power connection on the adapter for sata. Does this mean my 1 4 pin whatever-it's-called is going to be needed for the adapter? If that's the case, I don't have any power for my drive...unless there's a splitter which matches the 4 pin connections of a floppy....or otherwise converts connection ends.


Server has only:
1 floppy-type 4 pin female power connect
1 ide female data connection

The drive has:
A slimline sata connection which amounts to a 6 pin data sata-looking connection and a 7 pin power sata-looking connection.

If I used that or other similar ide-sata adapters (for data) it appears that I need a total of 2 power connections - one for the drive, one for the adapter.
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