In adding a new DVD burner, can I replace the existing 40 conductor cable with a new fast 80 conductor cable?
Posted on 2006-05-08
I have a sony pentium 4 computer running Windows XP. It currently has a 4x DVD burner, and a CD drive. I would like to upgrade to a faster DVD burner that can also write Double Layer discs. The Pioneer DVR710 drive I would like to buy says it will write at 16X speed only if it is connected with an 80 conductor cable. My computer now has its hard drive connected with an 80 conductor cable, but the present cable connecting the two optical drives is a 40 conductor cable. Can I simple replace one of the optical drives with the new faster one, and change out the existing 40 conductor cable with a new 80 conductor cable? Will the new drive function at 16X speed, and will the old drive also still work? Thank you.