Yes, there are adaptors to use an IDE drive on a SATA port or vice versa. But all that adds to the cost, unless you have future need.
SATA DVD burners can be had for less than $20 for an inexpensive drive...
Maybe you can pick one somewhere that will let you return it for full refund, if it doesn't fix the problem.
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