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Re: Want to build new Debian PC. Is IDE interface gone?

On Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:01:29 +0900, Miles Bader wrote:

> Camaleón <noelamac@gmail.com> writes:
>> Another possibility is having an external optical unit, but it requires
>> and extra power supply (that means more cables around)
> Hmm, actually modern optical external drives don't seem to need a power
> supply, at least those that run off USB.


True... true with a "but".

I have an external enclosure (for slim DVD readers) that uses an 
additional USB port in order to be powered.

But you know what? I don't trust USB external enclosures that claim not 
needing external power other than the common port or that use another USB 
port to fetch it from there. They tend to lie... well, not "they" but USB 
ports which do not always provide the full required voltage and then is 
when your problems start: your DVD reader sporadically fails to write, 
the USB hard disk is not being recognized or just is "sometimes", your 
DVD reader has "hicups" when playing your favorite movie...

So yes, non-extra-powered USB devices work... when they work :-)



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