So I aquired this old ass USB CD/R external drive....

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  1. PC Principle

    PC Principle New Member

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    Sony Spressa USB. The thing looks old as hell but I think it would be a good idea to keep it as a drive for my netbook in case I need to install something using a dvd, but the catch is that it won't read DVDs. So I got to thinking...

    I figured that it was just a standard internal drive in an external enclosure. When I took the thing apart my suspicions were confirmed, it is an IDE drive. So all I have to do is just buy any new internal drive and replace it, right? I'd imagine that pretty much all drives use the same energy, etc. Am I correct on my assumptions? Normally I would not bother but the cheapest external drive I could find is 50$ + shipping. :dunno:
     
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    Is it USB 1.1 or 2.0?
     
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    It was made in July of 2000 which was a few months after 2.0 was introduced. :dunno:
     
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    Yes, you are correct.
     
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    Cool. It wont look pretty since it will be a black face but whatever, I get to save some cash! :coold:
     
  6. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    At Geek Squad we used to pull external hard drives apart, and install them into laptops for HD upgrades. Most of them were 5400 RPM drives. I remember when they first showed me that, I was so shocked.
     
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    :rofl::ugh2:
     
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    If it is USB 1.1, wouldn't it take forever and a day to do anything with a DVD over it? If my memory is correct, the highest they could go to for a CD-ROM was 16x over USB 1.1, and this was in the days of 32X drives in desktops.
     
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    I guess I'll find out
     

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