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Bit of joy!

Discussion in 'Optical Storage & Writing' started by Fry750, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Fry750


    Joined: May 5, 2007

    Posts: 727

    I thought I'd share this smidge of joy, it might be useful to someone...

    A few years ago I sold my tower to make room for a laptop - I kept the 5.25" Blu-ray writer though, the idea was to use it externally.

    Fast forward a couple of years and I decided to make use of my drive but didn't really fancy sticking it in an enclosure, they're like £60 which is more or less the price of an external drive anyway.

    I decided to look for a USB to SATA adapter in the vain hope it'd work, I ordered an Anker one from the rainforest which specifically said it works with HDD and optical drives - at £20 I gave it a punt.

    When it arrived I gleefully hooked it up and... nothing. It powered on fine but Windows didn't detect anything, I tried other PCs and ports etc, no joy though it did work with an HDD I had.

    Of course I returned it and forgot about it. Fast forward another 6 months and I decided to try again, this time with a cheaper version that also said it'd work with optical drives.

    It arrived earlier today and is currently connected via USB type c (an adapter) and is currently playing a Blu-ray perfectly well.

    TL;DR - if you're after a cheap way to hook up an external drive, it's possible and costs around £30 - with the type C adapter, I'd assume it'll work with a Surface too. Thought it DOES require power from the socket.