and does anyone know what drives fit this adapter?
what other options are there for low-power optical drives, preferably dvd, internal or not
can anyone give me an idea of what laptops use the same interface for there drives? im lookin into laptop ide to regular ide adapters. any info would be nice. also i searched this but that just leads me to hours of reading.
That adapter is the same as the one I have for my Pany laptop cd rom. There is another type that is made for hard drives like this:
I think that it is standardized as far as the IDE interfaces for laptop drives, since when I was shopping around they all took the same adapter. Some of the Apple stuff may be different however.
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Laptop drives are standard IDE just smaller. Regular IDE is .1" (2.54mm) pin to pin, laptop is 2mm. They are also 44 pin, the normal 40 pins and 4 more for the power and ground. Then optcal drives added a few more pins for the audio and then they made a smaller optical standard with a tiny connector (something like .5mm between the pins). I local PC shop here sells the 2.5" laptop to 3.5" desktop IDE adapters for $10, this includes the little PCB with the connectors and the mounting rails.
figured it out, stupid adapter screws were holding it in, sob