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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Laptop: replace optical drive with an SSD or other hard disk. Is it possible?

Can I replace my optical drive with a hard drive drive? I have a 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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How to close the Optical Drive tray in Windows?

I've always wondered why Windows has an Eject option but doesn't include a corresponding Close / Close Tray option in the context menu of optical drives. Is there a way of closing the optical drive ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are typical drive lifetimes?

Can anyone tell me about the lifetime of drives (floppy, hard disk, CD, DVD, flash...)?
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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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What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?

What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?
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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 ...
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Optical drive noise on Windows 8 Pro upgrade

I upgraded my Computer to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Professional, and I noticed that the optical drive (Pioneer BD-ROM BDC-202) started making a strange noise. This is what happened: I downloaded ...
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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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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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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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2.5" SSD in the optical drive bay - what about the performance?

I'm looking for a new laptop and I want one which has two hard drive bays for using both HDD and SSD. But I don't think most of the new models have two bays, so replacing optical drive seems as a good ...
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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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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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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 ...