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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“Audio port not available” on DVD-ROM drive

I'm currently rebuilding a vintage PC (DOS 6.22 only) and I need to replace the IDE CD-ROM. The one I bought (IDE DVD burner) have the SPDIF (2 pin) and 4 pin audio ports but the drive is labeled "...
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Software to manually lock an optical drive door

My toddler likes to come up and push the buttons on my PC when I'm trying to work from home, and sometimes he gets the CD or DVD drive open and nearly breaks it by pulling on the door. Is there some ...
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Computer won't boot from a bootable DVD

My friend gave me his old computer that used to have WinXP on it. I'm trying to load Win7 on it and I thought there was something wrong because it wouldn't boot off a bootable disc, even though I ...
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Burning mutiple discs at the same time

I'm trying to "mass produce" a DVD so I thought that by hooking up multiple burners to my computer and running multiple instances of Imgburn I would be able to reduce the amount of time I spent ...
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ATAPI Incompatible, no DVD ROM detection

I have bought a computer, but I do not know how to properly identify the DVD ROM drive. I have tried all the IDE configurations: SATA primary, PATA secondary, etc., but it always gives me the error "...
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Windows XP refuses to install on a dell mini 10

I have a dell inspiron mini 10. It boots from an external CD-ROM drive and goes through the first part of the windows XP home install with no problem, but on reboot it loses the CD-Rom drive when it ...
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CD/DVD burn error in ImgBurn and Nero

I am getting the errors shown below when I try to burn a CD/DVD on my DVD writer. I am seeing this error for every CD/DVD I try to burn. I am not able to write any CDs or DVDs using ImgBurn. The burn ...
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Cannot write DVDs anymore, but can read them and write CDs

I'm stumped. I used to be able to write to DVDs and now I can't. I've tried different media (Memorex and Imations) I've tried different drives (internal and external) and even different OS's (Windows ...
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How do I audit CD/DVD tray opening events in Windows 7?

Since installing Windows 7, the entire office has experienced random CD tray openings, sometimes while we are in the office, sometimes not. On my PC, I have two disc-reading devices, but only the ...
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use a SATA to USB cable with MacBook Pro optical drive?

Is there something fundamentally different about hard drives and optical drives regarding how they communicate with the computer? I ordered a SATA to USB adapter from Monoprice and I want to know ...
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Disc drive busy on MacBook, with disc stuck inside

I have a white MacBook, running Snow Leopard, 10.6.3 with the latest updates. I popped in a DVD that the system failed to mount. I did not see any conspicuous errors. As a result of this failure, the ...
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CD/DVD Drive not detecting locally burned CD/DVDs, but works fine with Genuine discs

I'm using Dell Inspiron 1420 - 32 Bit - Windows Vista, since 2.5 years. I'm facing a strange problem with my CD/DVD-drive. I cannot run/play a CD/DVD which I get burned from my friends. But when I ...
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cdrom device not found during Linux installation on Macbook Pro

I'm trying to have a dual boot Debian / Mac OS X on my Macbook Pro. I boot on the Debian install CD, the first steps are fine until "Detect and mount CD-ROM". It seems that the installer cannot find ...
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Windows 7 disc not recognized by DVD drive

My machine is a recent model Systemax, less than 2 years old. It came with Vista 32bit and I bought Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for it. When I insert the Windows 7 DVD into the drive, it churns a ...
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DVD drive not recognized

I'm in the midst of building a computer (first time builder) I got everything plugged in, and hit the power button. After the excitement of the first boot coming up on my screen, I was looking ...
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BIOS doesn't detect USB CD-DVD

I have a GIGABYTE w566 laptop, and I do not know how to find out what my Intell Chipset is, and my problem actually is that at boot time my computer does not detect the USB LG (super-multi) CD-DVD ...
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ubuntu , how to check how many cd drives are attached to computer

How can i check which cd drives are attched to computer and is ubuntu detecting them or not i have seen that there were few drives which werenot showing on the computer but when i mouted them then it ...
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Use a slot-load drive with smaller disc

I have a laptop with a slot-load (no tray) dvd drive, and a set of smaller discs from a dvd video camera I need to load. What are my options?
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Which CD Drive is used during boot if have multiple drives

I have 7 CD Drives attached to my computer. Now i want to install Linux on computer. But i am not sure which drive is used when i boot. I tried once putting in any drive. The Linux starts but after ...
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How can a reduce the read speed of a Liteon DVD drive under Windows 7

How can I reduce the read speed of a Liteon DVD drive under Windows 7? The aim is to reduce the level of noise generated by an wasteful high-speed as it's used in an HTPC environment.
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Windows XP Disc: corrupt or not corrupt?

I just finished one of my builds and am trying to install Windows XP onto it. Here are the specs beforehand... Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 2.4 GHz (512KB L2, 533MHz FSB) QDI Superb 4 Motherboard 2x ...
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Why will multiple dvd/cd-rom drives stop reading?

I'm having difficulty with two dvd/cd drives. When I updated from XP to Vista, I noticed they wouldn't work. I could add cds or dvds to the drives and they would attempt to read the disk, but never "...
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Recommend a good DVD or BD replacement drive that can read older CD-R/DVD+R media? [closed]

So I have a bunch of older CD-R (and a few DVD+R) discs that are either suffering from "bit rot", or a case of crappy no-name Chinese DVD drives being unable to read some or all of anymore. I just ...
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Can't run Ubuntu from disc

When I place the boot CD in my CD drive and boot from it, I get the Ubuntu menu. I have these options Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer Install Ubuntu Check disc for defects Test ...
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how do you eject cd using keyboard on dell inspiron 6000

The eject button on my cd / dvd drive is broken. I can still eject using windows explorer from the context menu. I need to reinstall windows. Is there a function key combination i can use from the ...
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How to enable a CD/DVD drive? It is not listed in “My Computer”

I just got a laptop from a friend. The CD/DVD drive is not present in "My Computer". But the tray comes out when I press the button and everything. I remember long time ago, enabling it by changing ...
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What are typical drive lifetimes?

Can anyone tell me about the lifetime of drives (floppy, hard disk, CD, DVD, flash...)?
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Troubleshooting: Monitor never turns on, system fans running, DVD-ROM does not open

Here are my specs beforehand: ECS P4VXASD2+ (V5.0) motherboard FSB 533MHz Intel Pentium 4 2.40A GHz Prescott Socket 478 2x 256MB PC2100 DDR RAM, 2x 256MB PC133 SDRAM CoolMax 350W PSU DVD-ROM - will ...
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DVD drive doesn't recognize blank dvds only!

My dvd-rom works fine because I can play dvds on it, however when the dvd is a blank one the drive refuses to recognize it. So I can't burn dvds anymore because the drive shows up as empty in my disk ...
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Windows Home Server installation fails because it can't find the DVD drive anymore

I've got an old Dell Dimension 8300 desktop I decided to convert into a WHS box. I popped in a pair of 1 TB SATA drives, which were recognized fine by the BIOS and the currently installed OS (XP), so ...
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Will an external USB DVD writer perform the same like an internal SATA DVD Writer?

Will an external USB DVD writer perform the same like Internal SATA DVD Writer? I'm going to purchase a new PC with a very sleek cabinet. If I buy an external USB DVD writer will it perform the same ...
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Is there any free software to check for issues with a DVD drive?

I don't usually play movies on my laptop (prefer the standalone with the tv), but I tried to watch one the other night, and noticed playback was really choppy and had audio artifacts in places. I ...
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SATA-II motherboard and drives but only connected at SATA-I

I have an Abit AB9 QuadGT motherboard which has a SATA-II controller. Connected to it I have a Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB as boot drive and a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 as a data drive. I also ...
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Can't Run .exe files from my DVD-R/W Rom win XP Pro [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: *.exe is not a valid win32 application Hi everybody In my windows XP Pro I can't run any .exe file from my DVD Rom, but I can run them on my hard drive, Even I can't copy ...
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What type of SATA cable should I buy?

I've bought a new optical drive. It's a Samsung SH-S223C with SATA connection (see the below image). Since it is OEM with no box, no cable came with it, so I need two cables now. Since I have an extra ...
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Bluray Drives: 2x vs 4x vs 6x vs 8x read/write speed comparison

I couldn't find a duplicate question, but I was wondering what the differences are between different read/write speeds for Bluray drive. I'm planning on buying one for a build but don't know if I can ...
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How can I find what /dev my DVD-drive is?

I'm on Mac OS X, have a DVD in the DVD-drive and can look at it in the Finder. I'd like to try to create an iso of it by using the dd command. But to do that I need to know what device to use as an ...
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High-end CD/DVD burners?

Do such things exist? I wouldn't mind paying $100 to $200 for one, but it must: Have a very fast spin-up to ready time (less than one second) Have an even faster dismount time (say, half second) ...
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DVD Drive Has Stopped Recognizing Discs

My DVD drive no longer recognizes dvds, but does recognize CD-ROMs. When a DVD is in the drive, the computer continues to act as though there is no disc in the drive. However, when a normal CD-ROM ...
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Why does my DVD drive spin up every minute or so, spin down, and repeat (new Dell Studio 15 with Windows 7)

We have just got a new Dell Studio 15 laptop running Windows 7 home premium with slot load DVD drive. If there is a DVD drive in the drive, every minute or so, the drive will spin up, make a couple of ...
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USB to USB CD ROM emulator

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a CDROM emulator that runs on Linux. I want to emulate this configuration: [CDROM DRIVE]----USB CABLE----[COMPUTER UNDER TEST] Where [COMPUTER UNDER TEST] is a ...
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Computer won't boot from CD/DVD drive

I'm trying to install Fedora on a really old (1999-2000) PC, even though I have set it to boot the CD/DVD drive first it wont boot from the CD, I know the CD 'im using is bootable, do you think that ...
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Sharing laptop's internal optical drive running windows XP Media Center Edition with Netbook running windows 7

just got a new HP netbook with no optical drive and guide said I should be able to share the optical drive of another windows computer. The netbook is running Windows 7 and the laptop, also HP, with ...
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How to boot Toshiba Portege M200 from image with no CD drive

My Toshiba Portege M200 has no CD drive, and I would like to boot to Acronis to reload from an image that I created. I don't know how else to get the OS and all the drivers loaded. It doesn't seem ...
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DVD/CD-ROM drives stop working in Windows 7

All of a sudden Windows 7 (64 bit) lost all DVD and CD-ROM drives. It worked fine for about a month, then I don't know what happened. At first I thought it was a hardware problem - that my DVD-ROM ...
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Unable to mount DVDs on Gentoo

I'm unable to mount any dvd on my HP 6735s laptop running Gentoo (with combined stable (+) and testing (~) ebuilds). Here's everything that I can come up with: $uname -a Linux aiur 2.6.32.6-aiur-r5 #...
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Difference between IDE and SATA DVD writers

What is the difference between IDE and SATA type DVD writers? My motherboard supports both. Which one do you recommend?
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Data cable types for internal DVD writers

What are the possible data cable types to connect DVD writer to motherboard? What are the differences between them? Do I have to use only one type for a writer or is it optional? My motherboard is ...
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Windows 7 cd-rom failure

My girlfriend has an Acer Aspire 4810T. The cdrom has stopped working (or never worked after installing windows) and I can't figure out for the life of me why it's not working. When the computer ...
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Can I rename my CD or DVD drive?

I have 7 CD drives. Currently I'm writing the CDs using NTI Media Maker. The problem is that all drives have weird name like HL DVD-RW S224. It is very hard to find which drive is which. Is there ...