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'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 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 ...
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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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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.
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Optical Drive disabled thru symantec

In my company IT department disabled the CD/DVD drive and USB ports thru symantec endpoint protection in my laptop. Please tell me how to enable them.
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Long-term media failure rates [closed]

I am keen to know the long-term annual failure rates of hard-drive,flash, optical media, and tape. I have seen BackBlaze's study and Google's work on this which showed hard drives having approximately ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to define a height of optical drive of my laptop?

I have a eMachines E732G-382G32Mnkk. I want to install SSD instead of DVD-RW (MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8A0AS). I need a optical bay drive, but there are two heights for optical bay drives – 9.5mm and 12mm. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Why is it believed that only Blu-rays can store HD content? [closed]

HD content can be stored anywhere. Why does the Wiki say that Blu-ray supersedes DVD because it can store HD video? You can store an HD video on a CD-ROM. An HD video is just bits representing data to ...
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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. ...
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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> ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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CDROM not reading any disc

My CDROM is not detecting any disc from last 5 month, i brought it 10 months back used 2 to 3 times only, then suddenly it stop detecting any cd/dvd inserted into the drive. I though there may be ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Why does my HP Probook 4530s don't detect my Optical Drive?

As the Question says my hp probook 4530s doesn't detect my optical drive. The windows gives me an error code 10. I have installed ubuntu 13.10 and the drive in ubuntu works just fine. Why windows ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Optical drive via USB not working with Windows 7

I've attached a DVD drive via usb. It has two cables, one only for power, one data. It works on one Windows 7 machine, it works on Linux, but it won't run on my Windows 7. It even runs on Linux on ...
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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 ...