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    Can I use my IBM Thinkpad T42 CD/DVD Drive to an external USB drive for Mini?

    Hello,

    I recently bought a Dell Mini 10v and was wondering if I can use the DVD/CD drive I have in my Thinkpad T42 and convert it to an external DVD/CD drive?
    Something similar to the following:
    DELL 8X DVD±RW External USB Drive for Dell Studio 14z / Inspiron Mini 9/ 10v/ 12 Laptops : Storage, Drives & Media | Dell

    If so, can you send me any links for proper conversion kits?

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    Does your IBM dvd drive have a standard ide or sata ports?
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    do it like me........ive got an external hdd case with a ide to usb converter in it.....when i just use the converter without the case, im also able to plug in an internal dvd drive and use it as an external drive...i dont know if this is possible with sata drives but i think itll work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve R Jones View Post
    Does your IBM dvd drive have a standard ide or sata ports?
    Last edited by Columbiz; January 31st, 2010 at 02:07 AM.

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    Hi, thanks for the reply.
    It has the IDE ports?

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    He's asking whether or not it has a row of pins like on this harddrive here https://www.knudde.be/ide_vs_scsi/ide.jpeg

    Sata uses something else.
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    suggestion: refurbished drive or new drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Columbiz View Post
    I recently bought a Dell Mini 10v and was wondering if I can use the DVD/CD drive I have in my Thinkpad T42 and convert it to an external DVD/CD drive?
    The T42 is IDE-based. You would need to find a connection kit for a slim-DVD. And even if you find a kit I'm not sure if there is a standard for that connector. Bear in mind that the drive from T42 usually is a DVD-ROM & CD-RW.

    I would instead buy a new usb 2.0-based external drive. That will most likely cost less than finding a conversion kit for an IDE based slim-DVD or buy a refurbished IBM-external drive for as little as $10:

    Refurbished external drives:
    Compuvest Corp.

    Other new drives from as low as $45 + p&p:
    External USB Optical Drives - PriceGrabber.com

    /Claes

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    Great, thanks a lot for your help. You're right, it is the DVD-ROM & CD-RW.
    Much appreciated.

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