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Peripherals Can I connect a CDROM drive to a USB HDD caddy?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by xen0morph, 7 May 2009.

  1. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    Hi,

    I've just bought an Acer Aspire One laptop (Linux version). While the installed O/S is very good, I need Windows on it for my job so I need to somehow install it.

    I've heard reports of people doing it via a USB flash memory stick, but that seems like quite a lot of faffing. I lack a proper external CDROM but I have a USB hard drive caddy that has an IDE connection.

    If I connect a cd rom drive to this caddy, will it pick it up and boot from it, and should it install OK? I know the proper answer is "Try it and see" but it's buried in my cupboard and I don't want to get it out if it won't work!
     
  2. Sp!

    Sp! Well-Known Member

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    I've done it with a usb to hard drive/laptop hard drove/ sata cable without any problem, but I guess you'll have to try it and see if it works with your caddy (also if it's a caddy are you going to have some physical issues with the size of the thing??)
     
  3. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    Yes to the first question, as to fitting it in a caddy, there is no need! Just leave it on the desk. Failing that, cut a hole in the front! :dremel:
     

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