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Need reco: IDE standard-to-mini connector adapter or cable?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zapp22, Aug 23, 2010.

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  1. zapp22

    zapp22 Thread Starter

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    I have a couple of systems that only have one type of IDE connector and need to flip each way. One of them is a small system but its one/only IDE port is fullsize... normal size. However I want to put a laptop-type DVD/RW in it that uses the miniature IDE/ATA port.

    on two other Dell Opti desktops I have the opposite issue: They only have the small size IDE header, but I have a device that needs a fullsize connector.

    Am I looking for an adapter that has male/male on each side, mini & standard? Or is there a cable out there, female on each end, that has fullsize on one and small/micro/mini on the other?

    thx for help
    z
     
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    thx for thelink
    for two of them i have the caddies - they shipped with common CD-ROM that is worth about what that adapter is :D

    quite a zoo out there for the drives. prices are way high on either external slim dvd/rw and/or internals, most of which are SATA [which I'd prefer on one of these boxes]. The doggone things cost as much as a 500gb external hard drive
    even used ones on ebay are a min of 22 bucks used... I just bought two ide types and the seller was so ignorant that they couldn't tell me what type of ide interface it has....

     
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    Yeak,I considered using slim drives in my home theater PC
    so I could stick a multimedia display in the other bay,but
    it just isn't worth it right now.
    The drive bay setup would top $100 and multimedia
    displays are about $100 up.
     
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    zapp22 Thread Starter

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    standard desktop-format DVD+RW's are a bargain.... not so with the little guys!
    if it were just a matter of storage, I'd go with the sd cards and little hard drives like the Seagate Free AGent I recently bought. very impressed with that little gadget and giving it a workout
     
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