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    Quote Originally Posted by masch
    Good read here.

    I dont know what most people call "slim drives", are these the same as notebook drives?

    Because I was looking at one DVD/CDR notebook drive the other day, and it didnt have the IDE connector, not even the ntoebook HD-type IDE connector. I've looked at the links on this thread, but I'm not sure if that was the connector I saw the other day.

    Is there a difference? And will I be able to use the notebook DVD/CDR drive with my desktop using this slim CD -> IDE adapter?
    Yeah, the slim drives are designed for notebooks and smaller microATX cases.
    There's basically two options: Slot-load or tray-load. The general consensus is that the slot-load drives (whether a slim drive or a standard-sized drive) are better, as loading a CD is infinitely easier. That and the trays are pretty fragile to begin with. While i haven't heard stories of a CD/DVD tray breaking on a speedbump or something, i'm sure it's happened.

    My original idea was to cut a slot in my dash panel and mount a slim slot-load DVD between the dash air vents and the A/C controls, but with the prospect of the Vicci unit (click here to view thread), I may not need to slice & dice on my dash.
    Either route I take, I don't have the space for a standard-sized DVD drive.

    Notebook drives have a different connector that supplies power as well as the data connection. There are adapters that you can buy that will allow the notebook drive to connect to IDE & 5v power or a powered USB 1.1/2.0 (depending on the adapter).

    Old-school geeky fact:
    The 'standard' size 5-1/4" drives are actually HALF HEIGHT. Back in the day, most hard drives (long before optical drives of any sort), most hard drives were 5-1/4" platters and took up TWO of today's standard bays. That was 'full height'. Drives eventually came out that could fit in half the vertical space (a modern standard 5-1/4" bay), called 'half height'.
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    Hrmm, does anybody have one of these slim DVD drives on hand? I'm just wondering how much current does it need and at what voltage. I'm assuming 12V, but amps?

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    Check out this slim-line external slot loading CD RW/DVD USB 2.0 unit at DFW for $159. The only catch is it seems to get it's power from the PS2 port. I'm sure you can hack the power cable to get your 5V from someplace else.
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    Newegg has the Panasonic slim DVD/CD-RW (same drive in the first DFW link) for $73 shipped.
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...133-003&depa=1

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    hmm hate to say the obvious, but the drive you just posted is regular laptop ide or whatever... by no means would it be USB, which was the whole point of this thread... In order to use that, you have to use this, http://www.bixnet.com/usenforslcdd.html, and in order to use that, you need http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...120-305&depa=1
    which comes out to be a waste, and about the same price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerWilco
    hmm hate to say the obvious, but the drive you just posted is regular laptop ide or whatever... by no means would it be USB, which was the whole point of this thread... In order to use that, you have to use this, http://www.bixnet.com/usenforslcdd.html, and in order to use that, you need http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...120-305&depa=1
    which comes out to be a waste, and about the same price.
    But couldn't you just hack one of the 5v rails from your PSU and add that standard dc plug to it?

    that's what i have been planning on doing. it's pointless to add an inverter for only one small 5v item.

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    yeah youd think theoritcaly you could just hotwire it into one of the 5v outputs on ohh say one of the hard drive power cables, but i dont know if the amps are high enough?

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    How

    How would you hard wire it?? That's what Ive been tryin to find out my only other option is to go to deltrontech and have them custom make a board. i wish some one sold a fdd power to 5v barrel plug converter cable lol

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    well actualy i was staggering around my room last night in the dark (no joke) and happen to find the exact cable you were looking for, its realy easy to make, if you have an old fan, that simply connects to one of the drive power sources from your psu, then cut the fan off, and connect the red wire to the wire the requires the 5v. you might have two switch the ends of the connector if its a 12v fan tho, i'll try and find a diagram of the connector just as soon as i post this.
    This is what the 4 pin Drive connectors are:

    (+5V, GND, GND, +12V)

    you would simply need to connector a single wire to the 5v input, and possibly a ground i have'nt look'd at what your trying to wire but if you post pics i'll tell you for sure, If you buy a 5v fan, probaly hard to find, but then it will come with a wire spliced into the power connector already, and one to the ground

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    Thumbs up thanx

    Good lookin out Rog, Thanx

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