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

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Replace Optical Drive with SSD, affect battery life?

I'm getting a System76 laptop, and they have an option to replace the optical drive with an HDD/SSD + caddy case. That would be nice, because I don't use DVDs nowadays, and need a lot of storage. ...
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CD-DVD drive won't eject

I have an Amilo Pa 1538 Fujitsu Siemens Laptop. For two years it has given me all sorts of problems like overheating etc. Here is what happened this time: With the computer turned off, I pushed the ...
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BD-ROM Drive suddenly appeared in My Computer

Today I noticed that a "BD-ROM Drive" appears in My Computer. I do not remember installing anything that would've done that. What could've caused this?
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Can I use any usb optical drives with my macbook air?

For a macbook air, would you recommend buying any non-apple usb optical drives - or should I only buy apple's usb superdrive? thanks
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No “close session” on Windows 7

Any ideas what would cause Windows 7 to not display the "Close Session" button? Colleague burned a CD in XP and didn't have an option to finalize the CD. I've also looked on my machine (Windows 7) ...
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Where is the internal DVD/CD-ROM drive with USB connector (not SATA)?

I wonder why internal optical drives are equipped with a SATA interface. Why not USB 2.0 or 3.0 instead? USB provides a transfer rate high enough and using USB to connect an optical drive would save ...
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Does a scratched DVD result in lost data, and how do I fix a scratched DVD?

Does a scratched DVD result in lost data? How do I fix a scratched DVD?
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I have a DVD stuck in my iMac, how do I get it out?

I am asking this question on behalf of my sister. Here's what she had to say on facebook: Anyone know how to get a DVD unstuck from an iMac drive? I tried everything I read online--shutting ...
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CD rom cannot open any disc, it say to burn new disc

No disc can be read by the Fujitsu L series laptop's DVD R/W optical drive. Whenever a disc is inserted, it says to burn the disc even if it's not a blank disc. OS is windows 7 ultimate. What should ...
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DVD drive not detected in BIOS / Windows XP

My parents bought a PC (a old Hewlett Packard Bell Pentium 4) just to watch YouTube. It worked well for months but last week, the DVD drives (there a 2 dvd drives) are no more recognized by the BIOS ...
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CD Drives have disappeared in Vista

One day, out of the blue, my wife's CD Drives disappeared from Windows Explorer without warning and little trace. Device Manager shows them both with Code 39 warnings. One is an LG GGW-H20L BD Burner ...
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WinXP Get DVD/CD Drives Working

I have 2 different drives that are not currently working. It show's the traditional yellow flag, to indicate there are problems. When I try to run updates, it says the drive isn't there. And I ...
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CD tray is stuck open

I have an older computer that has an Asus CD/DVD Reader/Writer. The problem is that the tray is stuck open: it does close normally, but the motor keeps going after the tray is closed, and after a few ...
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cd-rom cannot be plugged in along side hdd

I have a stockpile of computer components from my workplace and I built a desktop PC. I have tried several cd-rom drives and even one from my other personal pc but when I have it attached to the slave ...
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How to enable/disable laptop's CD drive if I don't have administrative privileges

I'm working in a network company. I don't have administrative privileges on my computer and every time I want to listen to my favorite CD, I need to contact the administrator, then going to his office ...
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What could be wrong with my CD drive and how do you fix it?

My CD drive hasn't worked in about 8 months. I was burning CDs in a hurry and pulled it out because it was taking too long (probably an average amount of time). Im running a laptop (Toshiba Satellite ...
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How does a CD drive know where to look on a CD?

How does a CD drive know where data is on a CD, for example if the computer asks for data at a certain location, how does the reader know physically where that is on the disc? Is there some decided ...
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How to prevent access to DVD and USB ports in Windows 7?

How do I prevent access to the DVD drive and USB ports in Windows 7 unless an admin password is entered? Also, if I could, I would like users to connect an Apple iPod without needing to enter a ...
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Windows won't release lock on drive tray after burning a disc

I have two bluray drives of the same exact model and brand installed in my computer. I occasionally like to use either of them to burn CDs or DVDs using various software (Windows Media Player 12, ...
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Have optical drive connectors changed in the last year? [closed]

In early 2010 my motherboard freaked out, and I was able to drop in a new board and connect my two DVD drives that were initially bought in 2005. Tonight my new components arrived to build my next ...
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MacBook Pro: More Than One SSD in Optical Drive Bay?

Would it be possible to slot more than one drive into a MacBook Pro's optical drive bay? Obviously, no such product yet exists. (Would love to know if I'm wrong!) But when looking at ...
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How to troubleshoot “The device is not ready.” error in Windows XP

No matter what disc I put in the DVD-ROM drive, I get: C:\>d: The device is not ready. When I put in the disc, it spins up and you can hear it reading the disc. I've tried a couple different ...
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DVD drive only reads original disks

Something odd happened to my DVD drive about a year ago. It won't read any blank disks - only original ones. I tried cleaning the lens, but it didn't help. What should I do? It's an old drive, but it ...
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DVD ROM not working only in windows?

I have an Asus N53SV laptop, and my DVD ROM doesn't read any type of DVD in Windows. I just installed Windows 7 from a bootable DVD, I think this problem occurred after I tried to change my ...
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SFF computers with sideways DVD drives - must they be laid flat to play/burn DVD/CDs?

I want to give an older parent a replacement computer. It would be used for internet/youtube, email, Word, DVD playback and backing up CDs. I've already identified the Compaq 100B as a great choice, ...
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What is causing the CD Tray to open & close randomly?

I have a freshly completed install of Ubuntu 11.04, and the CD tray opens and closes all by itself. I cannot detect any pattern to when, or why. I've rebooted, and disconnected all networking (both ...
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Is it safe to use a regular marker (Sharpie, etc.) to write on a CD-R disc?

In the past I've used a special CD-R marker to write on CD-R's. But I'm wondering if it's OK to just use a regular felt-tip marker (Sharpie, etc.). (Obviously, a pen that you have to use pressure ...
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BluRay notebook drive spins up then down, doesn't mount

My blu-ray optical drive for my notebooks is acting funny. When I insert a blu-ray disc, it spins up some, then slows down and repeats. The disc never mounts. Any suggestions?
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How are commercial DVD's burned? [closed]

I'm not talking about the DVD-R's here. When you buy retail software and DVD movies from the store for example, how is that DVD burned onto the original disc? What would I need if I want to burn those ...
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Can't see DVD drive in Windows 8 Developer Preview

After installing the Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) on my PC, I can no longer see my DVD drive. What could be wrong? My PC specifications: Gigabyte GA-EP41T-UD3L (G41) motherboard Samsung DVD ...
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Disable CD-ROM in BIOS

I have a Lenovo T420 laptop. The reason I want to disable the CD-ROM is because when moving the laptop, I often unintentionally press the eject button, which turns on CD-ROM's power and pops the tray ...
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Can a scratched CD/DVD harm to DVD drive's laser head?

Long time ago, during the days I own my first computer in 2001, I heard that scratched CD/DVD can harm to the laser head of the DVD drives. Is it true? Is it even true for today's DVD drives? I've ...
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Can i boot my laptop with external dvd writer?

My Laptop DVD writer is not reading drives any more, so I thought rather than buying a new internal, I should get new external writer. The only thing I will be using that is to boot the Laptop or PC ...
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Installling a laptop optical drive in a desktop [closed]

For no reason other then awesome factor, I want to install a slot-loading optical drive in my new computer. Now, a lot of searching has proved that slot-loading optical drives don't come in 5.25 inch ...
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LITEON DS8A3S reads CDs and blank DVDs fine, while other DVDs trigger “no disk in drive” reaction

I have an Acer Aspire 5738Z with a LITEON Slimtype DS8A3S. The firmware on it is HA17. It used to read everything excluding DL DVDs fine, but now it only reads CDs and blank DVDs. I've tried the ...
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How to access a CD/DVD drive over the network?

The CD/DVD drive of my notebook is broken. However, the drive from my desktop computer is working perfectly. How can I access the CD/DVD drive from my desktop computer over the network? I want to put ...
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Do PCI-E SATA RAID controllers work with DVD/Blu-ray drives?

I'm building a new PC in an old case. The motherboard is slightly oversize and I can't access most of the onboard SATA ports, so I want to attach my two optical drives to an expansion card. All the ...
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OSX: Stop CDROM spinup during Open or Save

If there's a CD in my Macbook's drive, it spins up any time I invoke the Open or Save dialog in an application. And while it spins up, it freezes the application for about 5 seconds! How do I make ...
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DVD Drive detects certain disks but not others

I have a Sony DVD RW DRU-V200S ATA Device; certain disks work fine with it, but it will refuse to run others. I've done a couple of tests with different disks. It seems to work with audio CDs and old ...
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What is up with my CD-Rom drive on Windows XP?

I think this is a specific problem that is very strange. This is my first time on the forum, so I hope I am writing things correctly. I have a computer I built myself and here are the specs: ASUS ...
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How does a computer know which CD/DVDs to boot from?

What actually happens when a user reboots his or her system with an OS disk (or other bootable disk) in the CD/DVD drive? For example, when I put in my OS installation CD and start the computer up, ...
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Virtual join-directory on Windows

Problem: Say I have a video spanned over 2 files (vid001.avi & vid002.avi) and each file is on a seperate CD/DVD. If the 2 files are in the same directory my player will automatically play the ...
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How To Disconnect DVD-ROM From Laptop?

I have HP Pavilion dv5282ea and after sending it to laboratory, i noticed that my DVD-ROM activates from time to time, just like i am opening and closing it. I know i should open my laptop and fix the ...
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How is a hard-drive a bottleneck when burning a CD or DVD?

I have always wondered why people keep blaming hard-drives for causing buffer underruns when burning a CD or DVD. I’ve read many people saying to use a faster hard-drive or to make sure to defragment ...
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Macbook optical drive constantly checks for media after boot/wake from sleep and won't accept discs

The slot-loading optical drive on a Macbook (2006) running won't accept a disc when inserted--unless it is partially inserted and then slept/waken or the "Disc Burning" section of System Profiler is ...
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DVD drive is not able to detect or read blank dvd

I have a TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L632H DVD drive in my laptop. This drive is not able to detect or read blank dvd of Moser Baer but it can read blank dvd of Sony. What is the problem ? What is the ...
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Can I use a pre-Unibody optical bay adapter in a Unibody MacBook Pro?

I have a 3rd-party drive adapter which allows me to put a 2nd hard drive in the optical drive bay of a 2008 MacBook Pro. I'm looking at getting a 2010 Unibody MacBook Pro; is this adapter likely to be ...
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Why has my CDROM drive has disappeared from My Computer?

I have an HP DC7900 with Windows XP SP3 installed on it. I also have a Digital Recorder DS4000 but it's the only USB device shown in my computer. The CD drive has gone... Has anybody seen this issue ...
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Can I replace laptop's optical drive with SSD or other hard disk?

Can I replace my optical drive with a hard drive? I have an Asus N61J laptop, I have seen some sites on the web that advertise this procedure for Apple notebooks. I would prefer not to have an ...
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Why is my CD-ROM device being automatically disabled at boot?

I'm running Windows 7 on a laptop, and I'm having a bit of an issue with my CD-ROM drive. Each time I boot up my computer, for some reason, that device gets disabled. In other words, I can't access it ...