I could solve this a lot faster and without loss of data problems.
get yourself a firewire cable cut it in half extend the wire connect the cd-rom/dvd-rom to a firewire converter board or ide to firewire then connect the drive to a simple power source or just use the one that came with the firewire cage you removed everything from.
Now for the lost data issue.
to stop this via firewire get a firewire hub they do make them and they can run off of a 12 volt car battery i have seen it done.
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