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Hi, I've bought new Intel DH77EB. replacing my older motherboard 915GAV. I thought of reusing older DVD writer. but i'm unable to connect the "40-Pin" data cable to the new board. am i missing something ?

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Your motherboard uses SATA, not PATA. You'll need a converter if you really want to use the old 40p cable, or buy a SATA DVD writer instead –  Camil Staps Apr 28 '13 at 6:56
    
@CamilStaps I think that since (I suppose) the adapter would plug into the CDROM/DVDRW drive, rather than the motherboard. So it'd convert his CDROM fron 40-pin IDE/PATA, into SATA. So he'd get an adapter and use a SATA cable and connect it to his motherboard. I'd add, such adapters are probably very cheap. Maybe just a few dollars. some adapters maybe a bit more functional might go both ways. I haven't played with adapters much but what you want to do is trivial. –  barlop Apr 28 '13 at 10:23
    
@CamilStaps thanks for your answer. I'll search for the specific adapter in the city. –  Shash Apr 29 '13 at 5:54

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That 40 pins connector is the old parallel ATA connector. It should look like the picture below.

P ATA connector and plug

In the last decade this older ATA version has been replaced by a new one, called Serial-ATA.

SATA can work on ancient ATA compatibility mode, and there are convertors to connect old devices to the new connectors. These are relative cheap, starting around 5 euros.

Example ATA to SATA

If you really want to use the older DVD drive then it might be the cheapest way to buy one of these. Alternatives are:

  • getting a new SATA bases writer,
  • getting a PATA controller (a new card to plug into one of the PCIe slots)
  • Or just skipping the drive. Personally I only needed a CDROM once in the last four years. Everything else (including installation ISO's) can be done with pen drives.
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