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Mid-Build Crisis!!!

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January 26, 2013 9:11:24 PM

So I am almost done building my first PC, when I started to connect all the cables I realized that my CD drive uses an old ribbon cable (took it out of my old dell PC to save cash) and my new mobo doesn't seem to have a IDE spot, only has sata spots, is there any way for me to use this drive or am I going to have to spend the cash on buying a new optical drive?

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January 26, 2013 9:13:24 PM

There are SATA to IDE adapters, but I'm uncertain how well they work; it's a kludgy "solution," and costs money anyway, so you may as well get a SATA optical drive.
January 26, 2013 9:15:18 PM

F**k! And to think I would have had this done this weekend, there is a Best Buy and a Tigerdirect store near me can you send me a link to a cheap one?
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January 26, 2013 10:42:58 PM

garther said:
F**k! And to think I would have had this done this weekend, there is a Best Buy and a Tigerdirect store near me can you send me a link to a cheap one?


I have no idea where you live:( 

But, a sata based dvd burner should only be $20 or so.

It really is a better way to attach a drive.

January 26, 2013 10:47:11 PM

If you have a USB drive you can use that to install windows (assuming thats why you need one)
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