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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That 40 pins connector is the old parallel ATA connector. It should look like the picture below.
In the last decade this older ATA version has been replaced by a new one, called Serial-ATA.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.
If you really want to use the older DVD drive then it might be the cheapest way to buy one of these. Alternatives are: