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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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 ...
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DVD-ROM: Pioneer DVD-115GA not being detected

Specs to put things in context: AMD Athlon XP 2400+ @ 2.00 GHz / 2 x 512 MB PC-3200 DDR RAM / 160 GB IDE HDD / 128 MB GeForce 6200 AGP / FIC AM37 / Windows XP Pro SP3 So this computer is actually an ...
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Can you paint on the label side of a CD? If so, what kinds of paint would be safe for the drives?

I sometimes make demo CDs for artists as a kind of sideline from maintaining their websites. While working on one of these demo discs, I began to wonder whether it was possible for an artist to paint ...
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LG DVD writer shows Bluebirds application software everytime

I bought 4 new LG DVD writers and all four writer shows blurbirds.exe named application inside it. EVen if i insert any cd or DVD it won't detect anything but shows thosde 4 files only what should i ...
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How do I record sound from my CD/DVD player without other system sounds in the mix?

Using GoldWave I can record via the "Stereo Mix" channel, but I get no sound on the "CD" channel. Of course, using the stereo mix also mixes in all system sounds, including beeps, etc. I have the ...
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Did a recent WinXP update break CD/DVD read speeds? SP2/SP3

I have two systems with fresh installations of Windows XP Pro SP3 (SP3 slipstreamed into the installer; fully updated after install). One's a refurbished 2.4GHz Pentium4 system; the other is a new ...
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Recover badly recorded DVDs

A few years ago (2003-2005) I bought a Sony USB external DVD recorder for my Dell laptop and I used it to burn a lot of discs. Much later, when I tried to use one of these discs, I realised that I ...
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My system powers down when I insert a disk into my drive

I have a problem. My system is powered off when i insert disk on my drive. Some time it working. I replaced the drive but same problem. Will it be a SMBS problem? What i have to check? Edited: ...
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Slot load DVD burner options for standard desktop case

I need a new DVD burner (internal) for my father-in-law's computer. He's apparently broken the current one - he forgot to push the tray back in after doing something and hit it with his chair. Given ...
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How to Add/Remove Options from Auto-Play Dialog when Inserting a CD/DVD?

When I insert a blank CD, it gives me every option except the one I want (burn disc with Nero). How do I control what appears on this auto-play dialog? I have Windows XP 64-bit edition.
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Change drive letter for CD drive on Windows 7

How to change the drive letter for CD drive on Windows 7? I want to map network location to the letter that is currently used by my CD drive.
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How to check DVD integrity at max read speed of DVD writer

I need to check the integrity of burned DVDs so that I can be sure about my backed-up data. I use DL-DVDs to take the backup. Earlier I used VSO Inspector software for the same but the day I ...
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Is there a lifespan for a dvd rom drive?

Specifically a liteon dvd multi recorder. Which can burn and read dvd's. Is there a specific number of burns which you can use? And after that, the burner will no longer work? Do you know of any ...
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disable cd/dvd button on linux laptop (ubuntu)

My todler is continuosly pushing the cd/dvd button and trying to destroy the tray. I know it should be possible to let her life harder, disabling the eject button. How to do that? This is ubuntu ...
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Will any USB DVD reader work with Apple Mac's?

Following on from this question: Can Apple Macintosh computers boot from a USB volume? Can I use any USB 2.0 DVD drive to boot a Mac from? I had a look around my local PC World today and only ...
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Win7 - DVD drive spins up but fails to read, fails write

Running Windows 7 x64. DVD drive is a BenQ DC DQ60 ATA dvd-dl rw. Everything functions correctly in linux, and I can boot to cd/dvds, so the drive itself does work. Symptom: when I insert any CD or ...
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The name of this interface?

What's the name of that black connector from MacBook 2.1? edit: The black connector is used to connect optical drive. I've read on late Macs, it's a SATA interface, which someone replace the optical ...
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cd drive is not list under bootable divice

how do i make my CD drive a bootable device
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MacBook Air: USB Hub Compatible with the MBA SuperDrive

A little background to those whom may think this Question too specific: The MacBook Air SuperDrive draws 1A vs 500mA of a normal USB device, and therefore you can't use a standard USB hub powered or ...
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Camera Canon pal DC95 not being able to get cd contents

A friend of mine recorded a family event with his Canon pal DC95. This camera records to a mini cd. I saw the cd being played in the camera (which was hooked up to a tv) but when I place the cd's in ...
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How can I troubleshoot a slow DVD writer?

I have a Thinkpad t60 - 15". It comes with a Matshita uj-842 DVD-ram drive. When writing to a DVD, it settles at 2x speed. Research has shown me that this is not an uncommon problem. Unfortunately, ...
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CD Drive tray has a mind of its own

I have a Samsung CD/DVD-writer drive SH-S223F (5 1/4" ATA not USB). On Windows 7 lately, this drive has developed a mind of its own. Specifically, the drive tray keeps opening and closing randomly by ...
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How do I disable DVD auto eject in Windows 7?

I just discovered an incredibly annoying "feature" of Windows 7 tonight. If you click on your optical drive in Explorer, and there is no disc in the drive, Windows 7 is kind enough to open the tray ...
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Optical drive failing to mount, yet can be read from

I've had this problem for a while, but have only recently really tested what works and what doesn't, and it's frightfully confusing. Here's my drive situation (Sony Vaio FE890 running ArchLinux): ...
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installing windows XP on a laptop with problematic CD-ROM drive

I'm trying to install windows XP on a old laptop which has a problematic CD-ROM drive unit. Sometime it reads the cds, but most of the times it didn't read the CD at all. Do you have any advices for ...
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How do I fix “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer” error during Win XP Pro install?

I just bought a nettop. It came with WinXP Home. I first installed Win 7 on it. I wasn't that happy with the performance so I decided to go back to XP. I am using an external dvd drive and a Win ...
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How to (dis) associate an application from starting when a CD is inserted to the computer (Win XP)

I put a CD in my laptop and Nokia Music Manager now pops up. I want to disable that. I went to the settings in the Nokia Music Manager and unchecked the box that said for it to open up when a CD was ...
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How do I remove a MyBook's “WD SmartWare” virtual CD from my desktop?

I recently got a Western Digital MyBook external hard drive to enable Time Machine. It has its software installed on a "virtual CD" called "WD SmartWare" which shows up on the desktop any time the ...
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Why didn't cable select work?

I got roped into doing tech support for a friend of the family. Obviously I'd already failed to hide my powers, ala Penny Arcade. Anyways, the guy bought a DVD burner OEM from Microcenter, and asked ...
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no burner support

most freeware cd/dvd burning software (cdxpburner,burnaware,etc) report either no support or do not recognize my laptop dvd writer. Just purchased a new laptop with this problem. It is a lenovo G530 ...
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CD/DVD drive wont work?

my notebook cd/dvd drive wont play any of my cds or dvd all here is weak spin any suggestions on how to fix?
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DVD-RW Drive not recognizing a DVD+R disc

I am having trouble burning DVD+R disc's. My OS is vista and i have used this burner and these same discs in the past. I haven't had the need to do so in months and now that i come back to create ...
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Why is it that my disk tray doesn't eject?

The problem is every time I click the button to open the disc tray, it never opens. How do I fix this?
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Installing a LG dvd drive in my antec p183 case

I added those silly braces around the drive. Now I can't slide the drive in from the front now, and even putting it in through the case doesn't seem to work. how do you do this? haha
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What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?

What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?
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Disable CD eject button on Windows laptop

Most laptops have a CD eject that is very sensitive, and placed such that it regularly gets triggered when handling the laptop. This is in particular a problem (for clumsy-handed me) when picking up ...
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IBM Thinkpad R40 does not recognize CD-ROM after Windows reinstall

My IBM Thinkpad R 40 does not recognize the CD-ROM after I reinstalled the original Windows XP. (Before the reinstall it worked without problems). The BIOS says no drivers are installed, but I did ...
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Windows Vista doesn't recognise CD Drive after iTunes install

After installing iTunes I can no longer load cd's as it appears that my CD Drive doesn't exist I've found postings on other sites to repair this by deleting the upper and lower limit keys in the ...