I don't think the term E-IDE is really used anymore. I had an old drive that was E-IDE and it was replaced with ATA/IDE drives with no problem. When you take out the old drive look at the jumper on the back and make sure the new drive is the same setting - if not, take the jumper off the new drive and move it to the right position - it will either be set on master or slave. Plug it in the same way as your old one and it should all work. Just make sure you have an up-to-date burning program that can burn to DVDs, such as Nero 6 or 7 (I can't remember if Nero 5 had DVD burning support). You can also take out your CD/RW drive if you want as you won't need it, but if you want to keep both it will still work. You just have to make sure you have the right drive selected as the recording device in Nero (or whatever other burning program you use).