View Full Version : [all variants] laptop DVD burner

albert s
January 12th, 2010, 10:45 PM
hi, bit of a different one this,
I have a spare DVD burner out of a DELL laptop (inspirion1300), I was wondering if there was some cable,(USB?)
that I can use to connect this to my desktop(no DVD burner on it.)
a friend of mine reckons it is possible to do this on windoze, at least.
but what about on UBUNTU 9.10 .?

January 12th, 2010, 11:23 PM
I bought this (http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-USB-DSC5-3-5-Inch-Converter-Adapter/dp/B000HJ99DI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1263333793&sr=8-1) last May so I could get stuff off the hard drive of a crashed laptop. If that link doesn't work, do a search on amazon.com for Sabrent. It works fine with Ubuntu but I'm worried that your DVD burner might have a proprietary interface.

January 12th, 2010, 11:25 PM
if its a sata drive then I would say yes. If its an older ide style, then maybe, maybe not, it will depend on how the connector is set up.

this would be what you are looking for

I bought one of these locally and it has worked for everything I've connected to it except an ide laptop drive


albert s
January 12th, 2010, 11:34 PM
just had a quick root around in a box and found it,


so am I correct in assuming its a general type connection then? but is it IDE or ATAPI.?
sorry for the stoopid questions, but all these different connections confuse me, esp ehen a lot of them look similar.