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Can I use an old optical drive in my new build?

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January 8, 2013 9:27:32 PM

It just hit me today that we have an old Acer (died to a virus a while back) in our basement with a possibly good optical drive. I don't use the optical drive much to be honest, but I'll need it for the Windows 7 install , some older games of mine, and possibly backup discs.

The drive's manufacture date is December 2007 and it's an Acer DVD multi-recorder (that's what it says on the front). The model number: DH-16A3S
On the back of the drive, it has two plugins. One is SATA power(no cord, was connected to PSU) and the other, SATA DATA(Has a cord). On the cord itself, it has paper wrapped around it which says "DT SATA 2 SIGNAL 4S352-046-GP" Not sure if it means anything important, but I figured I would add it. It seems to be in good shape with just a bit of rattling.

So can this drive be used in a new gaming build? Is it worth using to install Win7? If so, that frees up $20 for me. This is my current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wdZB

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January 8, 2013 9:31:17 PM

as long as its sata and not an old IDE drive i dont see why you would have any problems.
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January 8, 2013 9:36:18 PM

yes, it's a SATA optical. It should work with your new build no problem.
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January 8, 2013 9:42:39 PM

Alright, I'll be using this drive then, thanks for the replies. Also, thanks for the ram suggestion djangoringo; I'll be using that instead.
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