Laptop Cd-Rom --> Desktop Cd-Rom
Quick project: Make a Lapptop CD Rom Drive work on a normal (40 pin) IDE MoboWhats the Difference?
Standard IDE [for a normal desktop motherboard] is 40 pins. The pinout is shown below.
Building a small form factor pc for another project [home music system] and a normal CD-ROM drive is 4x the size. The laptop drive is 1-2x read speed, but thats fine for playing audio cd's. Its also a quick ghetto mod if you want to add a cdrom to your car pcWhat do i need?
- Working CD Rom drive with ATA compatible pinout (non-scsi)
- Old Ide Cable
-Solder, Iron, 45 minutes
|Step 1.||Get the Parts||Cut a working IDE cable and begin, wire by wire matching up parts of the standard IDE pinout to mini ide pinout|
|step 2||Check if the parts work||Using a multimeter with connectivity sensor (beeps when wires touch), go through each line to ensure connectivity|
|step 3||Break out the silver solder||Solder in each wire to open solderpoints on the drive. note, thin silver solder works a heck of a lot better.|
|Step 4.||Power up||power up device (5v) to see if drive opens/ closes)|
|Step 5||throw it in an old computer/ ide-> usb adapter||Check if it actually works|
Table of 40 pin IDE and 44 pin IDE
Image of PC booting from laptop drive
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Electrical & Electrical Power