External Accessories / Peripherals Discuss any accessories used to enhance your Dell Inspiron Mini experience.
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Join Date: Apr 2009
08-09-2009, 04:09 PM
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
08-09-2009, 07:32 PM
Remove the ODD from the Dell Vostro and check what kind of connection it has. If it is two L-shaped connectors, then it is SATA. If it is lots of pins (about 44) then it is PATA. Unfortunately, unlike SATA, PATA has different connectors on notebooks compared to desktops. You can get little adapters which turn notebook PATA into desktop PATA, but the best bet would be to get a slim-DVD enclosure. Here is an example:
Slimline CD/DVD enclosure - Storage Depot
Join Date: Aug 2009
08-11-2009, 02:37 AM
Actually, they are standardized, either between IDE or SATA. IDE drives have a 50 pin connector, it's somewhat of a rectangle shape. SATA drives will have 2 flat connectors side by side, one for data and one forpower.
That being said, from what I can find on Google and Ebay, the Vostro 1500 drives are IDE.
I just did this same thing with an old drive from a laptop -- I bought a slim external cd/dvd enclosure from TigerDirect/CompUSA like this one -includes the enclosure itself, a replacement universal bezel for the drive (works with most drives, if you need it) and 2 usb cables - one for the data/power, and one for additional usb bus power if needed. all for $20 bucks. (I live near a retail outlet, so no shipping) you may be able to find one for less on ebay, but who knows what you'd end up with.
all in all, it's a pretty easy solution.
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