Can't use IDE DVD Burner via USB

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by NightLord, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. NightLord macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2005
    I have a macbook which doesn't have a superdrive in it, and everytime I want to burn a DVD I need to copy the files over the network to the PC which does have one.

    However, I salvaged the DVD Burner from one of my old computers and am trying to use that with an IDE-USB adaptor. However, when I press the eject button on the drive it won't open (Although I hear it trying to), and when I do manage to get a disk in there using a paperclip in the little emergency eject hole it will never burn anything, giving an error before it burns anything at all, so at least the disks aren't ruined.

    I thought this might be an OS X problem, so I booted into windows on my macbook but I get the same problem. The drive is an AOpen DUW1608/ARR.

    Anyone have an idea what I can do to make the drive operational?
  2. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    is it an AC or bus powered enclosure? with the eject problem it sounds like there not might be enough "juice" getting to the drive.

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