Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 531 Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 2.3GHz 1GB 500GB DVD RW Vista Home Premium PC Desktop ?

New IDE Drive - will it work on my Desktop?

\015 Hello,\015\012\015\012My DVD drive on my Dell Inspiron 531 Desktop has officially died. \015\012\015\012I am on the verge of buying a new, IDE Connected DVD RW drive (Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE, 22x to be specific) but I'm worried that my system will not support this as I have read conflicting reports via the web. Can anyone please clear this up for me?\015\012 \015\012The drive I'm replacing is the standard DVD reader that came with the machine - I have no idea if this is SATA or IDE. If it is SATA, is it easy enough to connect IDE cables to enable me to use the drive I propose to purchase or will my machine not allow this?\015\012 \015\012Many thanks in advance\015

Answers :

According to the manual for your computer it only has SATA connectors. 4 to be exact. There are no IDE connectors.
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\015\012SATA cables look like this:
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\015\012There are many good SATA drives out there. It is a better (faster) drive besides.
Hi, My name is Henry. Im one of the technicians on this site.

To solve your problem today. 1st you need to check on the booklet manual that came with your computer. There you will find if what you have got it a SATA or IDE Connected Drive or alternatively, go to START - ACCESSORIES - SYSTEM TOOLS - SYSTEM INFORMATION.
When that opens click on the Components category on the upper left side and choose the CD - ROM on there and then look out for the information it gives you. It may b e able to tell you if it is a SATA or IDE Connector.

One last thing you could do is get a screw driver and open the computer case.Inside, look for the cable that runs down the back of the DVD/CD Drive. Note there will also be the Power cable which is different. If is an IDE connected, it will have a long wide connector but if SATA then it will only have a single thin connector.

Good luck and I hope this helps
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