How to Install a SATA DVD Burner to IDE Interface

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How to Install a SATA DVD Burner to IDE Interface
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There are two main connections on the inside of your computer. The first is SATA and the second is IDE. These are two different methods of transferring data to and from the motherboard. However, if you just purchased a SATA DVD burner and your computer is currently using an IDE interface, you can convert the SATA DVD burner into IDE with a single cable connection.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • SATA DVD burner
  • SATA to IDE adaptor
  • SATA data cable
  • SATA DVD power cable
  • Driver installation CD

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  1. 1

    Power down the computer, disconnect all the cables and remove the Phillips screws along the back side of the computer.

  2. 2

    Open the computer case and look toward the front. This is where all the current disc and hard drives are located.

  3. 3

    Slide the DVD burner under the current disc drive. Plug in the power cable into the power port on the back of the DVD burner, then insert it into the power port on the motherboard. You can follow the cable for the other disc and hard drives to find the connection location on the motherboard.

  4. 4

    Plug the SATA cable into the SATA port on the DVD burner. Insert the opposite end into the SATA end of the SATA to IDE adaptor.

  5. 5

    Insert the IDE end of the adaptor into the IDE connection on the motherboard. Like with the power connection, you can follow the IDE cables running from the other drives to find where you must insert the cable.

  6. 6

    Close the computer case, reattach the cables and insert the Phillips screws. Power on the computer. Once the computer is on, insert the driver installation CD and follow the short series of steps to install the driver for your SATA DVD burner. Once it is installed, you can begin using it to create your own DVDs.

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