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  1.    18 May 2016 #1
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    External Optical Drive from Old Laptop Not Working


    I have a CD/DVD/Blu-ray player that I pulled from my old laptop so I could use it in my current laptop which does not have an optical drive. I purchased a SATA cable to connect it to my new laptop via USB, but most times I plug it in, it does not work. By this I mean, I got it to burn audio files on a DVD-R (thought it was a CD-R), but have not got it to work since then, with DVDs or CDs (behaves the same). It does show up as drive (D:), but when I click on it, it does not do anything.

    It consistently freezes Windows Media Player on startup of the program, and causes PowerISO to freeze upon selecting "Burn". When I go to Disk Management, it just perpetually reads loading virtual drives or something

    All I am trying to do is burn my grandpa a CD of MP3s from an album I bought (Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits). Any help is much appreciated, please let me know if you need more information.

    Here is what I know about the player:
    Its from a Toshiba laptop, I don't remember what model. The player model on the sticker says UJ141, and it says the power supply is DC5V, if that could be the issue

    Here is the SATA cable I purchased:
    Amazon.com: USB 2.0 to 7+6 13 Pin Slimline Slim SATA II Laptop CD/DVD Drive Adapter Cable: Computers Accessories
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  2.    18 May 2016 #2
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    Do you have that 5vDC power connected ?
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  3.    18 May 2016 #3
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    I have the original power adapter for my laptop. Also, I noticed there is a power light on the SATA cable that glows blue when it is plugged in. Input on the laptop charger says 2.4v and output says 19v. Hope that helps.
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  4.    18 May 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe92010 View Post
    I have the original power adapter for my laptop. Also, I noticed there is a power light on the SATA cable that glows blue when it is plugged in. Input on the laptop charger says 2.4v and output says 19v. Hope that helps.
    That "SATA cable", does it have a 5vDC input and adapter ?
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  5.    18 May 2016 #5
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    It's not uncommon for USB ports to not provide sufficient power to external devices so I carry a Self-Powered USB hub, both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 for older devices that are not forward-compatible with USB 3.0, usually older Thumb drives and a couple of USB Floppy drives I have.
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  6.    18 May 2016 #6
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    No it does not. Just the cable itself.
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  7.    18 May 2016 #7
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    Is there a way around this, I mean, I've already had to purchases several things for this and my grandpa is coming back from driving his semi tomorrow. He only comes in once every two weeks and doesn't have a satellite radio.
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  8.    18 May 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe92010 View Post
    Is there a way around this, I mean, I've already had to purchases several things for this and my grandpa is coming back from driving his semi tomorrow. He only comes in once every two weeks and doesn't have a satellite radio.
    Well, it does sound like there's not enough power coming from laptop so es berton said, Self-Powered USB hub that has own power supply can help.
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  9.    18 May 2016 #9
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    Alright, thank you two very much. I will purchase a self-powered USB hub and post the results.
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  10.    18 May 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    I carry a Self-Powered USB hub, both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 for older devices that are not forward-compatible with USB 3.0, usually older Thumb drives and a couple of USB Floppy drives I have.
    Just surfed Amazon for a minute, is there anyway you could recommend me one since I'm not sure if it will function as needed. There are a few that are just "splitters" and a few that are just outlet to USB hubs. I don't understand how to find the difference, as some descriptions on Amazon are very vague.
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