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What is the type of DVD writer in inspiron 6400? is it SATA Or IDE?

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It's an IDE Drive.

Posted on Nov 08, 2010

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Replacing DVD/CD drive


Look inside of your tower, you will have a few different cords connecting to your DVD/CD drive.

It should either have a 4 pin Molex connector and an IDE or a Sata connector and power.

The IDE cable looks like this:
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The Molex connector looks like this:
http://assets.hardwarezone.com/2009/img/data/articles/2004/1215/tutorial-4pin_molex_power_conn.jpg

IDE is an older tech that uses a 4 pin molex to connect it.

Now, if you have something that looks like this:
http://www.sierra-cables.com/Cables/images/SATA-Signal-Cable-1.jpg

It uses Sata, and the power cable looks like it as well, it's just longer.

To make sure the DVD drive you're working will work with the current DVD/CD's you have, just look on the front of the CD you are going to use, in truth it usually should work with anything. It's even RW so you can re-write data to RW CD/DVD types.

Pretty much, just make sure that it uses the same power type and data connector as your current one. Power type being the 4pin molex or the Sata power plug. Data type being the IDE cable or the Sata cable.

If it matches, it will work :) I hope this helps.

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Feb 26, 2013 | Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop Computer

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I have a an INTEL Motherboard Model DH55HC. I am installing a basic Internal DVD writer (DVR-A18M) Interface ATA/ATAPi-7. I have the power cable from the POWER SUPPLY in the correct plug. I attach the...


That motherboard doesnt support ATA it supports upto 6 SATA devices which is actually better and faster. You will need to take your DVD/RW back and ask to swap for a SATA and also make sure you buy a SATA cable and good thing is these are actually cheaper and faster. Its actually a very nice motherboard dont be disappointed. Cheers from Scott and plz vote

Jan 24, 2011 | Intel DH55HC Motherboard

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I am replacing my cd player/burner with a DVD writer model sh-s223 the attachments don't match what do I need to purchase


The sh-s223 is a SATA interface, you must have the older IDE/PATA type drive interface, this needs the wider IDE ribbon cable for data and a 4 pin MOLEX power plug.
You have bought the wrong DVD burner
You have 2 options
Return the drive and buy an IDE model... OR
Buy a sata expansion card, these can be bought for under £10
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Port-Expansion-VIA-VT6421a-chipset/dp/B000S87GG0

Jul 31, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Inaccessable boot device


I really don't know what you mean. Give all the specs of your PC , please also make sure your HDD is not set in your BIOS to RAID, Set it to IDE Mode

Jun 08, 2010 | Intel ASUS P4S800 Motherboard REV. 2.01...

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Need adapters for SATA connectors


you can buy a sata to ide adapter,you plug this into an ide slot and it makes it sata.
here is an example:SATA to IDE Converter Driver
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.706

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Hi I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop. The current HHD is the seagate momentus 5400.3 120g. This is now damaged. Can I use the Seagate Momentus 5400.6, 320 G, 5400 RPM SATA2. Will my laptop support the 320g...


Hello: I see no problem using a bigger harddrive in the unit,the only concern I think you might have is to purchase a hard drive caddy for the interface, Especially if the current hard drive is an IDE Interface, You can purchase a IDE to Sata Interface caddy, to support the drive Interface if it's an IDE format. You might want to check with Dell for compatibility first before purchasing the Sata Drive.

Nov 30, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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Dvd writer will not read any disc can i replace the internal cd/dvd writer with any other


Hi:
Yes, you can replace your DVD writer with any other model, but there are 2 types, SATA and IDE.
The IDE drives connect with a wide , flat ribbon connector, and the newer, SATA drives take a smaller cable.

They are easy to swap out, and are basically plug and play!

Oct 24, 2009 | Acer Computers & Internet

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Replaced IDE DVD writer with a SATA DVD writer. Powered up XP Pro system, but no drive letter shows up. There is power to the DVD drive, but the OS does not see it. No BIOS updates available from EPoX.


Check your bios settings. If you already have two SATA hard disk drives in your system the bios should also list your SATA DVD writer as third in the list. Make sure the bios list the DVD writer. Remember all SATA drives including SATA DVD drives are all seen as Masters. Check your Boot order settings as well. If windows sill does not list a drive letter for your SATA DVD click, Start/Run and type: diskmgmt.msc in the run window. Assign a drive letter to the drive manually.

Cheers!
Mike

Oct 22, 2009 | EPoX EP-4PDA3I-3 Motherboard

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I want to know if a sata dvd writer can burn dvd


Hi...

Are you kidding hehehehe it's a joke, Of course it can burn, if your unit is a DVD writer it can burn a DVD no matter if it is a IDE or SATA type of cable connector. Be sure that you will have a burner software (like Nero, power to go, etc.) installed in your computer.

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PCmania

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