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November 25, 2009, 1:17 pm
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I bought a Samsung external CD/DVD reader/writer, and
discovered that it's just an ols IDE device, inside a box with a
USB interface added. Which is OK since I can use it externally
hot plugged via USB, or I can plug the IDE internal to my
spare box which has no USB facility.
Connected as an IDE, the BIOS detects a ...DVDW....
How do I write CDs or DVDs ; should I just buy some blanks
and 'write as if it was a hard-disk' ?
I was expecting/hoping that to be able to just plug in an
old IDE hard-disk to the USB interface, but I can't mount it.
It is detected [differently when powered on or off] & I tried
/dev/sda, sda1, sr0; and get error: 'not a valid block device'.
scd0 shows: 'bad super block bad type ..etc.' error.
I got this:--
] # mount /dev/scd0 /mnt/scd0 -t vfat
] mount: block device /dev/scd0 is write-protected, mounting read-only
] mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/scd0,
] or too many mounted file systems
] (could this be the IDE device where you in fact use
] ide-scsi so that sr0 or sda or so is needed?)
Q2. Perhaps next time I boot, dmesg will tell me something,
or is it not possible to use the CDROM's USB <-> IDE interface
to drive a hard-disk ?
Re: USB external DVD writer
No, it can't be written to like a hard disk. There are several
applications to do this; cdroast or wodim on the command lie, xcdroast
or gcdmaster or brasero for a gui, I think there's a drag-n-drop style
interface for gnome. Those are starting points; there are a zillion
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be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours;
and this we should do freely and generously. (Benjamin Franklin)
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