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category: Article
RAM: 64
Processor: Pentium
MHz: 350MHz
Operating System: Windows 98
Date: 25 Jul 1999
Time: 02:08:05


I was wondering if there was a way to make my own external parallel cd-rom drive. I have surfed the net, and I have found cd-rom cases, where you buy the case and just insert a cd-rom drive, usually scsi. I am sure it can be done, I just don't know how to. please help if you can. Thank you.


The Answer

No one here has actually made a external CD ROM like you are describing, and you may find that the time and money that you would put into it would probably exceed the cost of a parallel port interface external CD ROM.  

You would have to buy a SCSI, IDE, EIDE or pc card interface CD ROM and case like you mentioned.  You would also need a power supply, like the one your computer use that steps down the voltage to the required power standard that PC components are built, and a hardware translator that will translate the type of CD ROM you buy (like an IDE) to a parallel interface.

If you bought a parallel port interface external CD ROM, you would probably pay between $150-$200.    This is a small price to pay for the convenience this equipment can give you.  You just plug the cable into the parallel port, plug in the power supply, load the drivers into memory from a floppy disk and your off and running.  These are invaluable pieces of equipment for people who work around PCs that have no CD ROM and need to load software from a CD.  But it sounds like you have run into this same problem.

You can find these parallel port interface external CD ROMs on the web.  I know they have a list for comparison at .



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