Create external CD/DVD drive

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  1. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    sooo, does anyone know if it is possible to use an old CD/DVD drive out of a PC, and just get like a sata to usb and then some sort of power adapter?

    would that work?
     
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Yes
     
  3. sou1 so1di3r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    where can I find a power adapter for that?
     
  4. flowbie macrumors newbie

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    Just buy a 5.25" enclosure. It comes with a power source. Just make sure it's the right type of connector in the enclosure for your drive.
     
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  6. Colchiro macrumors member

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    Get yourself a pretty one. :D

    Here's a SATA one: http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-NST-53...5304854&sr=8-2&keywords=5.25"+drive+enclosure

    ... and here's an IDE one: http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Alumi...978&sr=8-4&keywords=5.25"+IDE+drive+enclosure

    Like Flowbie suggested, it has to match your connector. If it's old, it's probably the IDE one.

    Bear in mind you can find an external drive for about the same money: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...nal+dvd,aps,182&rh=i:aps,k:external+dvd+drive

    Here's some white ones: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...ive+white&rh=i:aps,k:external+dvd+drive+white
     
  7. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

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    I don't know if you have an old (probably just works for Macs) computer with a functioning CD drive. But if you investigate the Remote Disc feature offered, then you might save money. My understanding (I don't claim any knowledge if I'm right) is that you can access a disc inside another computer on your network remotely without actually putting that disc into your computer (that doesn't have a physical disc drive).
     
  8. opinio macrumors 65816

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    owc sells the enclosures (as well as 100 other online traders).

    seriously though, an apple usb superdrive is so much smaller and not too different in cost. you also will not need a power adapter for the superdrive.
     
  9. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Or get a BluRay player/DVD writer/reader for 20$ on Ebay. Powered by 2 USB slots.
     
  10. Colchiro macrumors member

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  11. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "does anyone know if it is possible to use an old CD/DVD drive out of a PC, and just get like a sata to usb and then some sort of power adapter?
    would that work?"

    It will work just fine.

    You might look for a 5.25" enclosure, to put the drive into.

    I've burned hundreds of CD's with an old CD burner I found sitting _on the curb_ in a discarded HP tower. Pulled the hard drive out of it, it still works as well!
     

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