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    How many types of DVD writers interface out there now beside the below?

    SATA serial ATA
    PATA parallel ATA

    Are new ones come with both that I can switch?

    Or, how do find out what I have now (Sony- DW-U18A)
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    those are the 2 most prevalent ones. might find an occasional scsi or fibrechannel. also usb/firewire for external drives.

    look at the cable that attaches to your drive to the motherboard. is it about 2 inches wide or about a half inch. ide is the first and sata the second type.
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  3. Your drive (Sony- DW-U18A) is an EIDE drive. That's Parallel ATA.

    https://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters/sony-dw-u18a/269

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    See the picture here
    http://archive.64bits.se/guider/pcbyggarskola/sata.jpg
    top is SATA
    bottom is IDE
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    An add-on identified on the linked page as either "IDE to SATA" or "SATA to IDE" will allow for changing the interface. Also listed are USB to IDE and USB to SATA adapters. I've never used an IDE to SATA or SATA to IDE adapter, but I have used a USB to IDE cable many times whenever I need to temporarily add a another burner. Be sure to check for O/S compatibility.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=%2040000353&Description=sa...2C18%2C21%2C20
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    Adaptors are crappy, will not work mostly.
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    Originally Posted by [_chef_
    ]Adaptors are crappy, will not work mostly.
    Yup, I
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    They work for me.
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