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Gateway 704GE Is the optical drive IDE? I think SATA is too new for this model.

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Ok this should be easy enough for you to figure out. your computer is a desktop correct?

If not then ignore this.

Open the side cover. usually 3 screws on the right hand side of the back. and look at the optical drive. The cable coming out of the back<Flat Ribbon type cable and you got IDE>< A SATA cable is about the width of a pinky finger if that> Hope it helps. And i'm pretty Sure it's IDE but just check insid and get your answer.

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