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Re: Looking for a working Sega Saturn drive assembly!! HELP

by stickem Wed May 12, 2021 9:52 pm

marurun wrote:There will come a time the spares are all toast, too. We need post-original-hardware solutions.


Yes, preferably not these sd card drives. Respectively, I want to be able to use my original games. It just takes me back the good old days iso's don't. If that makes any kinda sense.
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Re: Looking for a working Sega Saturn drive assembly!! HELP

by marurun Wed May 12, 2021 10:25 pm

stickem wrote:
marurun wrote:There will come a time the spares are all toast, too. We need post-original-hardware solutions.


Yes, preferably not these sd card drives. Respectively, I want to be able to use my original games. It just takes me back the good old days iso's don't. If that makes any kinda sense.


A lot depends on how long optical drives remain available in any form in the market and how long our optical media last. With any luck I won’t have to worry about it before I’m too old to care, but still…
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Re: Looking for a working Sega Saturn drive assembly!! HELP

by Saskatoonguy Thu May 13, 2021 6:52 pm

o.pwuaioc wrote:
SpaceBooger wrote:I had the same issue 2 years ago. I just waited for one to show up on ebay... I still have alerts set - I'll let you know if I get an alert.

Is this something that people should buy an extra of when they're free for some reason? My Saturn is fine now, but will I be waiting years for a drive *when* it goes?


Absolutely not. I have never had a drive fail on me. I have only purchased units with faulty drives. The current unit I just got has a serious musty smell to it, probably wasn't kept somewhere great. The mobo is in great shape though. My personal Saturn was kept in a backyard shed for years. All it needed was a new laser and it booted up perfectly. From what I hear, these things are pretty darn reliable.

I don't have a replacement Sanyo laser on hand so, admittedly, I might be able to fix this unit with just a laser. I dropped in a JVC .0014 CD drive from another Saturn and the unit works 100% so I know my issue lies in the CD drive somewhere. And honestly, if my beloved Saturn lost it's CD drive, I would TRY to find a new drive but I would probably just get an ODE. This Saturn I bought was just for the nice white case and parts, I didn't intend to fix it but it is an easy one.
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