DVD Drive Connection to ASUS Motherboard

  technomong 19:16 26 Jan 07

I'm trying to build a PC using an ASUS A8V-VM SE Motherboard, and have got as far as discovering that the DVD Drive I bought didn't come with any cabling. I'm happy that i'll need the relevant 3 pin connector for the audio, but as the connector from the DVD Drive is SATA, i'm not sure if I have the option of connecting to the spare SATA slot on the motherboard *the other SATA quite happily connected to the HDD), or if I must buy a cable to convert the SATA into IDE, and if I would lose any data transfer speed by doing so. I would appreciate any help on this one!

  Gongoozler 19:24 26 Jan 07

Although I'm not familiar with SATA, I don't see any problem with connecting your SATA DVD drive to any spare SATA motherboard connector. If you run out of motherboard SATA connectors, you can buy a PCI SATA card.

  Totally-braindead 19:28 26 Jan 07

I have SATA but I don't have a SATA DVD, only hard drives, ASUS tend to supply all the relevant leads so as far as I know the SATA DVD drive would just connect to the spare SATA connector on the motherboard.

  Gongoozler 20:28 26 Jan 07

You probably don't need the audio lead, that's a bit old hat these days as it's for analogue audio and the audio is now almost always digital.

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