/ Sign-up
Your question

Old DVD-RW in new build: IDE to SATA mobo

  • New Build
  • Systems
  • Product
Last response: in Systems
May 19, 2012 1:48:41 PM

I've seen a similar question asked on this forum regarding HDDs, but I wonder if the answers will be different for DVD drives (and specifically OS installation).

I'm building a new computer from scratch and obtained a 6-year old LG GSA-H10a DVD-RW drive with an IDE connection which I intend to use just to install Windows in the new computer. I don't foresee myself using the DVD drive for anything else except installing the initial OS and any very rare future instances.

The problem: the motherboard I'm buying (Gigabyte Z77-D3H) has no IDE headers.

Please help:
1. What is the cheapest, smallest, capable IDE-to-SATA device I can buy to connect my DVD drive to the motherboard? Will the motherboard recognize the drive or have any trouble related to the IDE-->SATA conversion? Or will the mobo think it's just a plain ol' SATA-connected device?

2. Will I be able to install the operating system onto a new computer and new hard drive even though the DVD is connected via such an unconventional interface conversion?

3. Will this suffice as a long-term solution? Like I said, I don't need the DVD other than installing the OS (probably).

Thanks so much! Appreciate it!

More about : dvd build ide sata mobo

May 20, 2012 8:40:13 AM

Why is this never recommended? By who? Can you please post links?