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Using Internal CD-RW drive as an External device

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December 23, 2001 10:02:27 PM

Sorry if this is in the wrong Forum, but I just wanted to ask if it is possible to use an internal CD-RW drive as an external device?

I want to transfer large files to CDs from a computer that doesn't have an internal CD-RW drive. The computer doesn't have a USB port either. I have a spare INTERNAL CD-RW and I want to use it as an external device so I could tranfer the files to CDs.

How could I do this? What cables/connectors/convertors would I need? Do I need special software to make it work? I want to use it using a serial or parallel port but not using a USB port.

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December 23, 2001 11:50:17 PM

AFAIK, SCSI CDRW can be external. Actually, there is no difference between internal and external SCSI ones (the external needs data storage case).
I don't think CDRW have parallel or serial connections as their data tranfer rates are too slow.
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December 24, 2001 3:37:55 AM

If you dont want a hot-swap solution (like the USB) you can simply pull a IDE cable and a power connector out of the case and use it as and when you need it. Remember to power off your system before connecting the drive.

The IDE and power cables can only come out through the back panel to have some reasonable length to actually use them.

BTW I read somewhere about a hot-swap IDE panel, got to look for it.


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December 24, 2001 5:00:52 AM

For around $140 (OUCH!) you can get an IDE drive to parallel port external case. That's the full price, I've seen them clearenced for as little as $45.

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December 24, 2001 4:03:46 PM

Actually, the computer from which I want to tranfer files to CDs is a public computer at my university. I would get into big trouble trying to open it up!! I don't think it is possible to open it. I want a different solution. I want to use the serial/parrallel ports in the back of it. I know I have to modify the CD-RW drive a bit, but what do I have to do? Can anyone help? How do external Zip drives or external CD-RW work? Which ports do they use?

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December 24, 2001 6:00:29 PM

Some CDRWs use the Parallel port, but they're very rare nowadays. You might have more luck finding a parallel port Zip drive though - but they only go up to 250MB.