Turning external USB hard drive into CD drive?

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  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

    G5Unit

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    I have an older housing for an 80gb hard drive that I no longer use. Yet recently I decided I needed a second disc drive on my PowerMac.

    So I took an old CD drive out of a 2002 dell and hooked it up to the connections on the inside (IDE I believe?) of the now empty external hard drive casing.

    The connector looks like this:

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    The CD drive gets power, yet when I plug it into my PowerMac, nothing happens.

    Is what I'm trying to do even possible? I'd love to know!
     

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  2. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

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    Should be possible. I'd check the CD drive jumper and make sure it is set the same as the hard drive.
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

    OllyW

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    Have you also connected the power cable to the CD drive, it looks like this....

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  4. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

    G5Unit

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    Yes I have that connected as well, the drive is getting power.

    I went to see if the jumpers were the same and saw that the CD drive has only 3 rows of 2 pins, while the Hard Drive had 4 rows of 2 pins.

    Is it still possible?
     

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