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I have a new dell pc and picked up a Sony dvd burner to put in it, when I started to install it I noticed it has an IDE type connector on the back but mine apparently uses an ATA connector.

Is there any work around for this, or am I going to have to get a different burner?

Thanks for any help.
 

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I guess Dell's are starting to use only SATA connectors. What model is the Dell? There are solutions to this, but can you return or exchange the DVD drive? It might be the best solution.
 

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Parallel ATA is the same as IDE (two rows of 20 pins). If the Dell has at least one connector you should be ok. If only SATA connectors then you need a different drive.
 

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norton850 said:
I guess Dell's are starting to use only SATA connectors. What model is the Dell? There are solutions to this, but can you return or exchange the DVD drive? It might be the best solution.
Thanks. It's a Dell Dimension E521.
 

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Frank4d said:
Parallel ATA is the same as IDE (two rows of 20 pins). If the Dell has at least one connector you should be ok. If only SATA connectors then you need a different drive.
Not sure on the pins, I'm sort of a computer dummy:eek:

I looked at a picture of all the pin sockets on the
Dell site in their manuals section and saw none marked IDE
 
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