Reuse external as internal?

By fimbles
Oct 16, 2007
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  1. I got a external dvd writer a couple of years ago, Its made by lacie but the actual sticker on the drive is lite-on it corp. The model number is SOHW-812S.

    The drive is firewire and i have a firewire pci adapter in my pc. However after the drive bay refused to open, and a failed attempt at a repair in windows, and the same problem after a reboot, i think its dead. Im not sure if its the drive or the pci card and i dont have any friends with firewire to try out my drive.

    I stripped the case off the external drive and was left with what looks like a perfectly normal internal drive. Or is it? can i just plug this in to my ide cable and see if is working to eliminate the drive or card dilemma?

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Yup, you can. Just make sure you set the jumper correctly.
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,250   +135

    cheers rik :)
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    No problem, i know it works because i have done it myself.:)
  5. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,250   +135

    Problem soved.. sort of... fitted the drive, no joy. After stripping even more casing off it i found evidence of a small fire on the circuit board. Dead drive :p
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Thats the problem with external enclosures, they tend to fry things.
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