Is there anyway to convert a laptop IDE drive to a usb cable? I want to mount my dvd/cdrom drive in my dash but i fear that a ide cable running all the way to the trunk isn't such a good idea.
Yeah look for a USB2 or firewire ---> ide adapter. they come in various types and you may have to use a slim drive ---> IDE adatper and then an IDE ---> USB adapter. the mp3car store has some adapters (link above) or you can hack a USB2/firewire slim optical drive enclosure.