Sata to USB

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  1. Dritech

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    Hi all,
    Is it possible to convert the laptop's optical drive connector (sata) to USB?
    If yes, will the laptop recognize flash drives as if they were connected to a normal USB port?

    Also, is it possible to disable a USB dongle (or course without physically removing it)?
    I know that it can be disabled from the device settings, but if I do so, I am asked to turn the laptop off. Is there another way without turning the laptop off.

    Thanks in advance and sorry for my poor English.
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  2. bertus

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  3. Papabravo

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    A direct conversion from SATA to USB is dubious. With a suitable processor you could build both a SATA interface and a USB interface. Then you would have to program the processor as a gateway. That's a great deal of effort for a very modest payoff.

    EDIT:Especially if you can buy one already made.

    It should be possible to disable a USB device if you can hack into the OS. How much trouble do you want to go to to accomplish this feat of legerdemain?
     
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  5. Dritech

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    Thanks for the replies.

    @bertus I think those are USB to sata (at least for the second link). I was looking for a simple sata to USB convertor, which apparently does not exist.

    @Papabravo No actually I'm not ready to temper with the OS. I thought there was an easy way out :)
     
  6. Natakel

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    Not sure what exactly you wish to do?

    If you want to connect an optical drive to your laptop via USB port, they make external optical drives for that purpose . . . not sure what you mean by "flash drives" in that paragraph. I consider "optical drives" to be DVD/CD drives. An external optical drive connected by USB will be seen by the computer as a regular optical drive.

    If you wish to connect a SATA laptop hard drive to a USB port, you can get an external SATA enclosure for the drive and it will connect via USB. It will also be seen by the computer as a regular, internal Harddrive.
     
  7. Dritech

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    Thanks for the reply. Actually what I want to do is to remove the optical drive (which make use of sata) and replace it with a USB hub (i.e. instead of having the optical drive drawer, I will have a USB hub).
    This way, instead of having an optical drive (which I never use), I will have extra USB ports.
    Now I have 2 options.

    Option 1: is to open the laptop and solder the USB hub with an existing USB port.
    Option 2: is to convert the sata connector (which is currently being used for the optical drive) to USB. I will then be able to connect the USB hub with this SATA to USB convertor.

    I prefer option 2, but I'm not sure if it is possible to convert SATA to USB this way.
     
  8. Natakel

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    Hmmm . . . interesting project. Not heard of it being done. Like someone else here said, seems like a lot of effort for little return. I mean, you can buy a USB hub that would plug into a USB port on your laptop. Granted, that would give you another piece of equipment to tote about. Good luck with the project. I have no idea how to go about such a thing. They do make a device that will allow you to install a second hard drive in the optical drive bay, but I have not seen, nor could find any hardware that dealt with turning it into a USB hub.
     
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  9. Lennoxgilbert

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    with a SATA to USB adapter, they run ~$15USD. It will include the SATA->USB cable (and often has IDE connectors as well), and will also have the power brick you will need to turn the drive on.
    www . newegg . com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA07R07A6358
    Or you can buy a drive enclosure if this is something more long term.
     
  10. kubeek

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    Actually he wants the conversion the other way around, which I doubt will be as simple.
     
  11. Alec_t

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    Don't know which OS you're running, but in WinXP I have a System Tray icon for the 'Safely Remove Hardware' service. That pops up a box with a list of attached USB devices/dongles which can be individually stopped (but can't be restarted without re-attaching them).
     
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  12. Gdrumm

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  13. kubeek

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    not a chance.
     
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