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  • Slot Load CD DVD Drive - what IDE-USB adapter with NO AC adapter?

    Hi,

    I'm looking for a slot-load CD/DVD drive to install below my Xenarc fold out monitor, and want to find a suitable ide to usb adapter.

    Lots of them come with AC adapters. I know the power adapter is NOT required for laptop 2.5" HDDs, but it IS required for 3.5" HDDs - so i assume its required for slot-load drives too????
    eg http://store.mp3car.com/Bytecc_BT_20..._p/com-012.htm

    I want one which is USB powered, similar to the external drives which are powered by only USB. Can someone suggest a solution?

  • #2
    I doubt you'll find one that can run off of a single USB connection, but the USB cable on my 2.5" IDE adapter has two USB connections to draw more power...it's possible that a setup like that may work. Good luck!

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    • #3
      http://store.mp3car.com/Ultra_Slim_E..._p/com-002.htm



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      • #4
        Originally posted by mrascii View Post
        I doubt you'll find one that can run off of a single USB connection, but the USB cable on my 2.5" IDE adapter has two USB connections to draw more power...it's possible that a setup like that may work. Good luck!
        Yeah i dont mind using 2 x USB's to power it! Just NO or AC/DC adapter preferably.

        That mp3car one is an enclosure, ideally i just want the adapter itself, seeing as the drive will be built into my screen. However i could get the enclosure and strip it down if i cant find what i want!

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        • #5
          I use this ATAPI-IDE adaptor on my DVD-ROM drive:
          http://www.directron.com/cddvdadapter.html

          And then this USB-IDE adaptor: (or do a search on Newegg.com for "usb ide adaptor")
          http://www.directron.com/bt200.html

          However, the ATAPI-IDE connector needs a floppy power connector.

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          • #6
            Hi, this is my first post so I thought I'd just jump in.
            Go here: I bought two of these a couple weeks ago for $6.50 each.
            http://www.centrix-intl.com/details.asp?productid=435
            discard the case and just use the 50pin to usb adapter and if you need it, the USB power adapter (you'll need two available USB ports for that option).
            You can also buy just the adapter and the USB power cable seperately but that will cost twice as much and you'll still need to buy a second USB cable.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by heleon View Post
              Hi, this is my first post so I thought I'd just jump in.
              Go here: I bought two of these a couple weeks ago for $6.50 each.
              http://www.centrix-intl.com/details.asp?productid=435
              discard the case and just use the 50pin to usb adapter and if you need it, the USB power adapter (you'll need two available USB ports for that option).
              You can also buy just the adapter and the USB power cable seperately but that will cost twice as much and you'll still need to buy a second USB cable.

              Wow, that is cheap!
              You've done well for a newbie!!!! Thanks

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              • #8
                I bought the crap one from centrix. It doesn't come with a dual USB powered cable. It just has 1 usb connector, which isn't enough to power it.

                I ended up going with Croopers recommendation
                http://www.directron.com/cddvdadapter.html
                Just pull the power off the floopy disk connector from your PS

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                • #9
                  Fortunately I bought 2 which makes taking a picture easy.
                  http://www.cafe-aerodrome.com/images/usb-dvd.jpg
                  This shows the two cables and all the parts you need. They are sitting on a picture of the car I'm building.
                  http://www.cafe-aerodrome.com/images/pardonthemess.jpg
                  This shows the slovenly way I'm building the computer (if you look carefully, you'll see streetdeck running on the monitor and in the foreground the DVD drive with 2 cables exiting the back.
                  http://www.cafe-aerodrome.com/images/thenakedbod.jpg
                  And this shows that the vehicle is more than vapor and far less (waaaay far less) than roadworthy.

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                  • #10
                    About the directron IDE adapter --up until two weeks ago that is what I was using. It was an integral part of the system while I installed the operating system and most of the software. In short, it works great. Unfortunately my computer is in a very small case and the DVD drive is going to be somewhat remote. There is no way to get an IDE cable outside of the case without using a very large can opener and it looking like I used a very large can opener. With USB I haven't the length limitations and it's designed to run external to the case.

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                    • #11
                      Just got me thinking, i have a slot load dvd drive for my carpc, and two or three usb 2.5" hard drives sitting around. Gonna see if i can get the drive powered over the USB from one of the HDD cases. Also, I've never had any problems powering the HDDs with only one USB plug, though it did come with two.. 2.5" HDDs only draw 500mA of current, which is the max USB can supply..
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                      • #12
                        I purchased a Samsung slot load external DVD SE-T084 drive from Newegg because of the possiblity of bus-powering the device, since the PC is in the trunk and I want the drive in my dash. I found that the 16 ft usb cable length is too long for the unit to be bus-powered though, so I'm going to get a powered usb hub and instal in behind the dash. The drive works fine with a 3 to 6 ft cable for power and data.

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