# Compatible Connector For CD Burner

#### Glenn Holland

Joined Dec 26, 2014
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I have a 1999 vintage CD burner that has a DB25 pin connector. However my newer computer has just USB ports.

Is there an interfacing connector between DB25 and USB or is my burner obsolete and a 5 LB. paper weight?

#### shteii01

Joined Feb 19, 2010
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Is that external cd burner?

If it is external, then you could take it out of the case and it should be just IDE/PATA interface (40 pin connector), then just use PATA connector on the motherboard.

Alternatively, there are interface cards that add older serial ports to pc. There are might be usb to db25 cables too, I have not looked for one.

#### Ramussons

Joined May 3, 2013
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#### BReeves

Joined Nov 24, 2012
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I wouldn't spend anything to try and make that old drive work. As hard as it is to suck it up, sometimes you just have to cut your losses and buy new equipment. Odds are pretty good that even if you get it plugged in the software won't work.

#### tom_s

Joined Jun 27, 2014
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one of these you need. provided the drive still works

edit: people still using these? (optical media drives)

#### shteii01

Joined Feb 19, 2010
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one of these you need. provided the drive still works

edit: people still using these? (optical media drives)
The trouble with that one is that cd drive still need power so you are going to crack open the pc case to get to power cable/connector and once pc case is open, well, just use the power and the ribbon cable to hook up cd drive to motherboard.

#### shteii01

Joined Feb 19, 2010
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Hey Glen, this reminded me. I still have external modem, I bought it new back in 1998/99. It has db25 connector on the modem, but I plug it into db9 connector on the pc. Meaning that the cable I use for it had db25 on one end, db9 on the other end. So the question is: Do you really need db25 on the pc? You might just need regular serial port on the pc that has db9 connector.

In my case. The mobo I have does not have serial port (db9 or db25). But it does have a serial header on the motherboard, so what I did is that I bought a ribbon cable with the bracket and db9 connector, installed it and now I have my modem hooked up to pc, it work fine since I have sent faxes using it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200516

In conclusion.
Check if you can use db9 to db25 cable.

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#### shteii01

Joined Feb 19, 2010
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I think serial ports and printer ports used different protocols. The external cd/hdd/modems were connected to serial ports (COM1, COM2, etc.), I don't think I ever seen them connected to printer ports (LPT1).

#### bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
21,054
Hello,

I have seen drives with separate cards to drive them.
Some indeed had the 25 pins D connector.

They could be a version of an SCSI interface.
http://rajblogroom.blogspot.nl/2011/04/scsi.html
http://superuser.com/questions/664983/what-types-of-scsi-connectors-are-these

There also have been the zip and jaz drives from iomega:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iomega_Zip_drive
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iomega_Jaz_drive
There where types of them that used the parallel port for the communication.

Bertus

#### Ramussons

Joined May 3, 2013
913
one of these you need. provided the drive still works

edit: people still using these? (optical media drives)
I'm still using these as and when required

#### MrSoftware

Joined Oct 29, 2013
1,959
It's most likely a SCSI interface. Most (all?) CD recorders from back then used SCSI interfaces. So you would most likely need a SCSI controller, a good SCSI cable and a terminator or two depending on if the CD recorder and SCSI controller are self terminating. And even then there's no guarantee that it would work well with modern software. Google or post the brand and model and see what turns up.

Are you trying to make it work for fun, or do you really need to use it for something? Modern CD+DVD burners are under $20 including shipping here in the USA, I imagine they're pretty cheap in most other parts of the world too. #### tom_s Joined Jun 27, 2014 288 Modern CD+DVD burners are under$20 including shipping here in the USA, I imagine they're pretty cheap in most other parts of the world too.
same here around \$25-30AUD