Hey all. I recently decided to add a second CD/DVD drive to my system... just a ROM drive as the reader for disc-to-disc. I have a ND-3500A as my burner. The problem is I have a Dimension 8400, only 1 IDE bus... and right now it's being used by my secondary HD and the NEC. I'd like to keep my PCI slots open, and I don't foresee needing any more IDE devices, so purchasing an IDE PCI card seems like a waste.
I'm looking at getting the Addonics IDE->SATA converter
and the Lite-On 167T
from buy.com for about $50 shipped. I figure I can hook the adapter up to my secondary HD and run that as SATA... then just use the IDE cable for my 2 disc drives.
I know the Lite-On is fairly popular around here, but I was wondering if anybody has experience with the Addonics or similar converters. Also, does anyone know of a better/more economical solution to my issue?