Cracking open an external DVD burner
by Erik Eckel | July 25, 2007, 12:29pm PDT | Image 2 of 20
The LG Super Multi DVD ReWriter: Bottom View
The LG Super Multi DVD ReWriter: Bottom View - Image 2 of 20
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What's the point?
"Failed" optical assembly
Reusing the 'board' IS a way of salving the wound of paying too much for an external drive only to have it fail 6 months after the warranty expires. If you can simply plug in a new drive, possibly gaining new(er) features in the process, sure, one can save a few bucks. Or, we can switch from almost any IDE drive to almost any other... Ditto for SATA. Or cobble together a pair of IDE drives and tuck it away out of sight. (With enough airflow) BTW: I find that the ribbon cable fails at least as often as any other part. (Especially drives meant to be opened often. I have a couple of that sort...) Check it! (Replace with a known good one, & it's OK if it's a longer one... just be sure it's an 80 wire cable. Even some optical drives use an 80 wire, 40 pin IDE cable. Frankly, I think all the cheap drives being 'dumped' on the market in the last couple of years are the manufacturer's way of dealing with an excess inventory of IDE drives... No one is buying very many new IDE drives... Replacements, yes, but when was the last time you saw a NEW system bragging about IDE drives? I predict rising prices for external drives once this inventory is exhausted... How else are they going to use up all that they have sitting around? How many average Joes will ever look inside to see if it's IDE or SATA, or care? My tip, if I NEED a new, large capacity IDE drive, I go to Walmart and get a cheap external drive, crack it open for the drive, and hang onto the rest... The Walmart stores in my area were selling a 1.5 TB Seagate USB drive for $60.00 just last week! I bought 3 for personal use.
What this article lacks is technical details on How To... For a How-To, that's a fatal flaw.
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