Using an IDE hard drive enclosure with a DVD drive?

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  1. riker1384 macrumors regular

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    I have an IDE DVD burner I'm planning on using with a future computer. I also have an firewire IDE hard drive enclosure. Can I open up the enclosure, plug the IDE cable into the DVD drive and plug it into my eMac? Would it work?
     
  2. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    Should work just fine.

    You probably need to use PatchBurn on the eMac.
     
  3. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    I tried this once but failed becuase the spacing between the power and data connectors was too far off to make it work. Mine had a movable data cable so I could get that plugged in but the power connector was soldered to the circuit board so that didn't fit right.

    Depends on the enclosure I guess
     
  4. riker1384 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, scratch that. The IDE connector is attached to the board in the enclosure, not on a cable. The DVD drive is too big to fit in, so there's no way to connect it.
     
  5. Str8edgepunker macrumors 6502

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  6. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    USB2 enclosures will work just fine as well, provided the computer has USB2 as well. Those enclosures are often noticeably cheaper. There are even USB to IDE (or SATA) cables available without enclosures.

    Maybe not relevant in this case of course, but anyway.
     

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