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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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 ...
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Laptop DVD Drive Slow When Reading CD/DVD ROM Discs But Not R/RW Discs

in one of my previous questions I had trouble with my laptop reading some CD's so I eventually replaced the CD/DVD combo drive with a second-hand one from ebay. I researched the drive I had to make ...
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Replacing laptop optical drive (DVD, blu-ray) - what do I need to know?

Are laptop optical drives always compatible? Do they come in different physical sizes? Are there any specs I need to match on the new drive, such as whether it has SATA? If so, how would I find ...
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Changing CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive Letter from D: to E:

I read this, but it doesn't address one question I've had about this (I'd comment on it, but my rep isn't high enough): When changing the ODD Drive Letter from D: to E:, I get this message in Windows ...
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Need Suggestions for a Good CD/DVD burner that also mounts .ISO files [closed]

I've been looking for this for a while now. I'd like a freeware program that burns all CDs and DVDs, and also mounts and runs .ISO files on virtual drives without requiring any additional software. Is ...
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BIOS and Windows cannot detect CDROM device

I have a HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4521B dvdrom device and a big problem. Some days ago everything worked fine. A friend installed some software and then the drives in winxp has been marked as corrupt. I ...
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Optical drive spins down to a halt and is unreadable

I have a burned audio CD that I'm trying to rip using iTunes on a recent vintage iMac (with a slot loading SuperDrive). I was able to import about two-thirds of the tracks before the inserted disc ...
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DVD drive troubleshooting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: DVD drive disappears Recently my DVD drive has stopped responding to discs. I've tried to install software like Rosetta Stone and the Adobe Suite. The disk drive doesn't ...
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What Does It Mean When DVD-RW Drives Only Read CDs?

So, I have a really strange hardware problem with a laptop optical drive where it can read any CD, but no DVD (I am sure this is not a region encoding issue, despite being a French-bought laptop). ...
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Do all Blu-Ray writers write dual layer discs?

I would like to buy a BR writer. My question is simple: do all the models write BD-R DL or do I have to pay attention like for DVD burners? All the products, from all brands, I found so far on some ...
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SATA DVD drive refuses to read movie DVDs

Hey, I have a problem with my DVD Drive (Asus DRW-2014L1T, most current firmware installed) on Windows 7 x64. When I insert a DVD movie and Windows starts to access the drive (for autoplay, or when I ...
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Can I disable the optical drive in my Macbook Pro through OSX?

The drive is broken and makes angry noises when it spins up, the noise is becoming a problem when using my computer in class. I'd like to disable it. For reasons that aren't important I'd rather not ...
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Can't use a network CD-ROM

I have a computer with Windows XP and I'm trying to use my local network to use the CD-ROM of my notebook with Windows 7. On the Windows XP computer with VLC I can open the menu of the DVD, but after ...
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Windows 7 installation asks for DVD drivers

I have installed Windows XP on my machine (Company CQ5020NL). Before I was able to do that, I set the SATA controller to IDE in the bios. Now I want to install Windows 7 upgrade. The DVD boots into ...
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Windows XP: is DVD drive connected to master or slave on the IDE port?

I'm running a German Windows XP Professional and want to know whether my IDE-DVD-drive is connected to the master or slave without opening the machine. The device manager shows Ort: Pfad 0 (0) (in ...
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CD drive always available in a laptop

How can I make the CD drive always available in a laptop, even when it is running on batteries?
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Windows 7 installation - CD\DVD driver issue on laptop

I'm installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit from an MSDN download onto a new Dell Studio 1558 laptop. Right after clicking "Install Now" I get the following message in a window titled Load Driver: A ...
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Looking for pin-out for 4 pin analogue CD-ROM audio cable

Remember those 4-pin audio cables which went from optical disk drive to sound card? I'm looking for pin-out for them.
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Macbook optical drive blocked

The optical drive on my Macbook seems to have some sort of blockage. When I try to insert a disk the disk seems to be hitting something inside the drive on the right side (the side nearer the monitor)....
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Are there any *hardware*-based CD/DVD drive emulation projects?

Does anyone know of anything like this? I am looking to create SD-card based alternatives for some of my old CD-drive-based gaming consoles.
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Optical drive not recognized in Win 7

I have just tried to use a CD in Windows 7, but it doesn't seem to be recognized. I have just used the same CD in the same drive on the same machine when I was booted into Linux, so hardware seems to ...
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A disk is stuck in my slot-loading Dell Studio Hybrid. How can I get it out?

The slot-loading optical drive in my Dell Studio Hybrid has been acting up. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it churns and makes some unpleasant sounds. Now I can't even get it to eject the disc ...
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CD-ROM/DVD Drive doesn't work anymore

I have no idea why my CD-ROM/DVD drive doesn't work anymore. When I insert a disk it makes noises and opens again. If it matters, I just reformatted the computer from Ubuntu 10.04 to Ubuntu 9.10. ...
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Pri slave drive ATAPI incompatible after setting bios to ACHI for ssd

The title says it all. I installed a SSD C:\ drive, and also have a SATA CD/DVD drive. When booting, the POST screen says that the CD/DVD Drive is ATAPI incompatible. In windows the CD/DVD works fine, ...
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Windows 7 Can't read Disks

last week my DVD drive failed (or so i thought) i ordered a new one and fitted it today only to find that the same problem still persists. I have 2 DVD drives, the new one thats a SATA DVD/RW and an ...
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Can my DVD burner write “Dual Layer” disks?

Is there a generic way to find out if a DVD burner can burn dual layer DVD’s without trying and potential waste a disk? Right now it’s this drive I’m wondering about but I'd like a solution that ...
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MacBook doesn't recognize oddly shaped disk

I put in a small oddly shaped disk into my MacBook and it didn't recognize it. There was none of the normal sounds you here when a disk is put in, so it doesn't know a disk is in the drive. So I can'...
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What does the following error message mean in FreeDOS?

I'm in the process of installing the newest version of my BIOS driver and I have to use FreeDOS because I don't have windows (I'm using Ubuntu 9.10). So I'm following AndrejaKo's advice here. The ...
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DVD Drive won't play DVDs, weird context menu

My DVD drive no longer recognises DVDs correctly, and I'm not sure how to correct this. On startup, Explorer displays the drive as DVD Drive (E:) overlaid with a "DVD" label (I have 2 hard disk ...
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DVD stops working in windows 7 64 bit

I have the same problem as described in this question: http://superuser.com/questions/105928/dvd-cd-rom-drives-stop-working-in-windows-7 I know I have got some games that are using starforce and/or ...
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DVD writer doesn't detect, driver corrupt error

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525, and my DVD drive suddenly stopped showing in Windows Explorer. When I checked device manager it shows this error "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. ...