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okay here's the challenge of the day:

 

I have an HP cdrw drive (usb2), and a couple of the evil hp dvd 100i drives (internal). what I want to do is possibly remove the now defective cdrw drive from the enclosure and install the dvd burner in there.

 

has anyone tried this? doesn anyone know if the drivein the enclosure standard ata? it's big enough, but I just haven't had a chance to take this little sob apart yet.

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it's an 8200 (OLD Pile of crap cdrw)

 

also just looked it up, it's NOT usb2 :( stupid site I did a quick lookup on said it was... hp says otherwise.

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I would have to imagine that you can. It should have an ide connectore inside. I've opened up other brands before and they're just stock drives in a housing. Never used an HP though.

 

Exegesis, I bet a HD wouldn't work because they used CD IDE connector, not a HD one.

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Well, there is no reason why it should not work. HP external drives usually were just IDE drives in an enclosure. I actually took a drive out of its external housing and make it an internal just by actually taking the drive out of its housing.

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you hit it right on the head fxxp :) it is just what you said it was.

 

btw what the hell do you mean by hard drive connector differnt than cd? they're both IDE

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I think he means like the difference in the fine ribbon cables and the thicker ribbon cables. But... that doesnt really apply, since it was an external hard drive enclosure that i tried it on and it did indeed have the right ide cable. I think it was just a voltage difference and they had the thing fine tuned or something. Hmph, who knows, don't care...

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btw what the hell do you mean by hard drive connector differnt than cd? they're both IDE

I believe new Ultra ATA ribbons have twisted pairs of wires for the pins or something of that nature to run the HD's... (hence the HD ribbons are usually fine, vs the thicker as noted above)

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okay I see here.

 

however it doesn't matter in all honesty. the ata66/100 ribbon cable is 80 wire, 40 pin (required to operate drives with that high of transfer rate). 40 pin is rated up to ata 33. however hdd's can operate on the 40 wire cable just fine, but will be slowed down to deal with the cable. cdroms can also be run on the 80 wire cable without a problem.

 

btw the reason for the 80 wires, and 40 connectors is pretty simple. shielding. first wire is data, second wire is a shield against cross talk from the next data wire.

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