An optical drive is a kind of drive that can read (and usually write) optical media like CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray discs.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
18 views

Bought a slot-loading BD-RE drive, but it spits out every disc I feed it without spinning. What do?

I bought an internal UJ-267 (slot-loading BD-RE) drive, and I put it into my laptop. The trouble is that whenever I insert a disc into it (whether it's a CD or a DVD; I don't have a BD around to try ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

Loud optical drive

At times, the Blu-ray drive in my computer will be very loud: it makes a grinding noise that I suspect is the drive motor. This is the computer equivalent of the sound a Honda Civic makes with an ...
0
votes
2answers
47 views

Disc drive doesn't read DVDs anymore

The disc drive in my laptop (a Dell Inspiron 17R, about 1.5 years old) won't read DVDs anymore. The drive spins up several times as if attempting to read it but gives up about 2 seconds later every ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Is it possible to prevent Windows from trying to create thumbnails of files inside CD/DVD?

Every time I open a CD/DVD in explorer I have to wait for Windows to create all the files thumbnails before I can do anything else. I suppose it's due to the fact that it tries to access all files ...
0
votes
1answer
189 views

ASUS SBC-06D2X-U Blu-ray Drive Not Showing

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit on a ThinkPad Yoga, which as no built-in optical drive. The ThinkPad's BIOS, drivers, and Windows updates are all the latest available. When I connect my ASUS ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

Optical slim-IDE drive into a slim-SATA notebook?

I would like to change the optical drive (slim-IDE) on my notebook with a slim-SATA one. So far I have found only two solutions: to buy an external USB box or an adapter like this: ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Find whether a SATA port is available from within Windows 7

A relative has a faulty DVD drive connected by a PATA connector to the motherboard of his computer. Since most new DVD drives are SATA, I wonder how can I tell if I would be able to connect a new SATA ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

“Close Tray” appears in explorer when cdrom drive is already closed

OS: Windows 7 CDROM drive model: WH12LS38 (actually a bluray burner) Issue: When right clicking on my cdrom drive letter in explorer, I expect to see "Open Tray" because the tray is already closed, ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Mac OSX Mavericks Finder issues

My Finder continually goes to "not responding" status in the activity monitor. I cannot see desktop items, I cannot open a new finder window. I also have a DVD stuck in my drive, that I cannot ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

Windows not recognizing CD/DVD drive

I have an Acer Aspire laptop running Windows 7. It has (suddenly) stopped recognizing any CD/DVD that I put in the drive. When I insert a disk, it seems to be processing it for a couple of seconds ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Optical Drive to USB (cable type)

I want to connect my optical drive via usb, but I don't know what kind of cable I need. The optical drive is a Samsung SN-S082. Here is a picture of the input: Can anyone tell me what kind of ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

How does Windows report a CD as 7TB of size and explain under the hook for me?

What method Windows use to detect size of a CD? Does it depends on the data type of that CD (give it Audio CD, SVCD, data, etc...)? I guess yes. What mechanism used there, and how I can make a CD like ...
8
votes
1answer
123 views

What a half height 5.25" drive bay for?

I bought a case, and it has the standard array of 5.25" 3.5" and a single 2.5" drive bays. It ALSO has a single 5.25" bay, however this bay is about HALF the height of a regular drive bay. What would ...
2
votes
0answers
41 views

Can I add multi-mode fiber optic media converter at any point of my network previously distributed in single-mode fiber optic?

I have used single-mode fiber optic media converter in my whole network. But my Fiber Optic cables have 2-pair of optical wires. I only use one of them for single-mode purpose. Now I want to introduce ...
7
votes
2answers
205 views

How to determine what's trying to access my optical drive (emits unusual sounds)?

I just got a new laptop and I've noticed that every 10 to 20 minutes, the BD-RE drive emits sounds. The sounds are similar to sounds made by movement of the optical head inside the drive. If there is ...
0
votes
0answers
66 views

How can I make the computer see a SATA DVD drive as a USB DVD drive?

So, I am using VMware View for thin PCs and a user wants to use the local DVD drive in the VM. It seems that the only way to pass any device in is by USB. I was wondering if there is a way to pass the ...
0
votes
0answers
55 views

How to re-find a CD/DVD-RW drive that just is not recognized today but was working fine a couple of days ago

I tried the Upper/lower filters thing; neither showed; there IS a Default for CD and DVD drives there. Device Mgr. does not show it; there is no yellow triangle. My Computer does not show it. It was ...
1
vote
0answers
170 views

How can I troubleshoot a MATSHITA UJ8A0ASW optical drive which yelds different errors in different burning softwares?

I'm having problems with the optical drive MATSHITA UJ8A0ASW installed on my laptop ASUS N53SV. The driver is Microsoft's 6.1.7601.18514, file version 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255), I can't ...
0
votes
1answer
147 views

CD-ROM drive periodically clicking even though empty

I have a DELL Latitude E6540 with a CD-ROM drive and Windows 7. Every 30 minutes or so the CD-ROM makings a clicking or rubbing noise even though it is empty. What is going on? It's kind of annoying. ...
0
votes
1answer
151 views

Can an optical drive be damaged by inserting a disc it can not handle?

Is there any chance I can damage a DVD drive by inserting a Blu-Ray disc into it? Can I damage a CD drive by inserting a DVD or Blu-Ray disc into it? Also, can a disc drive damage a disc it can't ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

What does Verify disc after burning actually do to verify the data?

I imagine it is some kind of comparison between the original files and the files that have been burned on the disc, but does anybody know how it is really done at a low level? I mean, does it create ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

Optical Drive Not Writing Data To Disc

I have a Lenovo Z580 Laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate SP-1. I had an issue with my optical drive; it read CD/DVD perfectly but couldn't write. Out of 5 attempts, it would fail 2-3 times. I ...
0
votes
1answer
518 views

DVD drive becomes hidden device

I have a laptop Lenovo G580 with Windows 8.1, In early days when I bought this it was working normally but now a days its DVD Drive becomes invisible. When I go to Control Panel> Device Manager> ...
-1
votes
3answers
43 views

Virtual Optical Drive [duplicate]

Is there a way to burn several ISOs to a USB external drive and be able to plug it in and boot to one of them? Would creating several partitions and burning to each one work or something like that.
0
votes
2answers
34 views

Where do you put your optical disc drive? [closed]

My case has three places the OD drive could go, where do you prefer your drive? Currently my drive is in the bottom slot because that is all the longer my SATA cable allows for, but I was just ...
0
votes
1answer
14k views

Why won't my CD run when I load it in the drive in my Windows 8.1?

Why won't my Quicken installation disk run when I load it in the CD drive of my Windows 8.1 computer? When the disc was put in the computer's tray, the tray closed and nothing happens.
0
votes
1answer
32 views

DVD Burning Error

For some reason, I got a 4.7 GB DVD that would only hold 4.36 GB when formatted. I tried formatting it again and now it holds 113 MB. What's the deal? I tried to use Power2Go but it said that it was ...
3
votes
1answer
60 views

Destroying optical discs (that aren't re-writable) with a CD burner

Is it possible to use a CD burner to destroy data on a disc? I believe this would be possible with a re-writable disc, but would there be a way to 'force' the drive to write random data with the laser ...
0
votes
1answer
387 views

CD/DVD Drive does not work - Compaq 6715B

I'm unable to get any activity from the CD/DVD drive on my Compaq 6715B laptop. I've done some research and see where others experiencing the error recommend removing content from the following key ...
0
votes
2answers
249 views

Laptop DVD-ROM opens on its own

My DVD-ROM opens from time to time. When I am surfing on web or watching movie, my DVD-ROM just opens. I am using windows 7 (32-bit). Laptop is E-machines G620. driver Microsoft, driver version ...
1
vote
2answers
567 views

Is it safe to add or remove any type of device while in sleep mode?

Is it safe to add (plug in) or remove (unplug) any device while Windows is in sleep (a.k.a. standby, a.k.a. suspend) mode? What type of devices can be added or removed in this manner? Can you do this ...
1
vote
1answer
94 views

Samsung NP355V4C optical drive completely disconnected [closed]

This laptop is less than a year old. It runs Windows 7. Today I found I could not open the DVD drive by pressing the eject button on it. It does not show up in My Computer. I found the manual ...
1
vote
1answer
141 views

2.5" SSD in the optical drive bay - what about the performance?

I'm looking for a new laptop and I want one which has two hard drive bays for using both HDD and SSD. But I don't think most of the new models have two bays, so replacing optical drive seems as a good ...
3
votes
1answer
39 views

“Boot from CD” waits for ever?

THE PAST I have a Windows 2003 system that for a long time has had a CD drive with a non-bootable CD stuck in it (it's really stuck - the paperclip trick does not work) The boot sequence included ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

Sound output connector on CD-ROM drive?

My old CD reader has a volume knob and a minijack socket on the front. On the back it has the regular stuff (IDE interface, Molex power) plus a digital sound connector (DG) and an analog sound ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

Is there a program to enable/disable a computer's DVD-ROM drive with a mouse click?

Frequently I have a DVD-disk left in the DVD-ROM drive, which I am kind of reluctant to take out. I have Windows-7 OS which freezes constanly checking on that disk. I do not need that constant ...
3
votes
1answer
137 views

In Windows 7, can an optical drive be made “Drive A:” ?

Can I change my CD/DVD Rom drive letter to "A" in Windows 7? Will it hurt anything if I do? Currently it's set to "R".
3
votes
0answers
258 views

Optibay drive ejects after 10 minutes

I have replaced my optical drive in Macbook Pro mid 2012 with Optibay disk - Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 1TB internal harddrive (6,4 cm (2,5 inch), 5400rpm, SATA III). I have formatted it to Mac OS ...
1
vote
0answers
199 views

Matshita CW-8221 pulled from MacBook with USB adapter

Background I want to put together a little home media box on the cheap with a Raspberry Pi and some used parts I had. I have an original MacBook that bit the dust and but had a working optical drive. ...
34
votes
8answers
3k views

Will there ever be faster CD and DVD discs and writers?

I was thinking about the fact that in the last years I have never seen CDs and DVDs supporting writing/reading speeds higher than 52X and 16X, respectively. Is this a commercial choice (i.e. ...
1
vote
0answers
2k views

How to force Windows 8 to re-read CD/DVD drive?

Only once in a blue moon have i ever seen this before Windows 8, but now it is a constant problem. When changing media in my CD/DVD drive (SAMSUNG SH-S203N) whatever was previously in the drive is ...
2
votes
0answers
606 views

How to disable CD-ROM/DVD-ROM pooling during boot in Linux?

I have a Dell XPS L501X laptop dual-booting Linux Mint 12 "Lisa" (x64) and Windows 7. It has a TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-L633J DVD drive, which generates a lot of vibrations and noise whenever data is being ...
0
votes
0answers
415 views

My DVDROM is not detected in my HP pavilion dv6500

I have a HP Pavilion dv6500 with windows 7 ultimate 32 bit. My DVDROM is not detected. A message is shown on startup: no tpm or tpm has problem. I have replaced my DVDROM but the problem still there. ...
1
vote
0answers
268 views

Read ahead buffering while playing video file from optical disc [closed]

I was wondering if there is a program for Windows 7 (64-bit), that reads ahead the file to be played back (usually MKV files in my case) to the RAM, so the disc that the video file resides in, won't ...
0
votes
6answers
13k views

How to close the Optical Drive tray in Windows?

I've always wondered why Windows has an Eject option but doesn't include a corresponding Close / Close Tray option in the context menu of optical drives. Is there a way of closing the optical drive ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

SSD to Lenovo Y560 and G780 optical drive slot

I have a Lenovo G780 laptop and my friend has a Lenovo Y560 laptop, we thought about replacing the useless optical drives with an SSD. I have found a great blog post about it but I still have some ...
0
votes
2answers
605 views

How to determine the SATA port revision?

I saw this product advertised at various places on the internet; it's a 2.5" HDD caddy to replace the optical drive in laptops. My question is, how to find out if the DVD drive has a SATA II or III ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

What is an HDD optical driver caddy made of? [closed]

I want to use a second HDD in place of my optical drive, but I don't have a caddy in my country. What are these made up from? Maybe I can make it work.
5
votes
5answers
25k views

How can I copy files from a scratched CD/DVD?

I have so far tried the following software solutions without success. Windows Explorer Copy (default) TeraCopy Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier Unstoppable Copier stops copying as a whole, it keeps ...
4
votes
2answers
662 views

Optical drive noise on Windows 8 Pro upgrade

I upgraded my Computer to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Professional, and I noticed that the optical drive (Pioneer BD-ROM BDC-202) started making a strange noise. This is what happened: I downloaded ...