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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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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How to prevent access to DVD and USB ports in Windows 7?

How do I prevent access to the DVD drive and USB ports in Windows 7 unless an admin password is entered? Also, if I could, I would like users to connect an Apple iPod without needing to enter a ...
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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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Dell XPS M1530 cd stuck in drive

Yesterday I wanted to play the 1999 Unreal Tournament game that I felt nostalgiac for, but as soon as I inserted the disk, nothing happened. I've looked on all the forums and they all say the same ...
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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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Optibay drive ejects after 10 minutes

I have replaced my optical drive in Macbook Pro mid 2012 with Optibay disk - Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 1TB internal harddrive (6,4 cm (2,5 inch), 5400rpm, SATA III). I have formatted it to Mac OS ...
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How optical media type is identified by the burner?

How CD-DVD Burning apps & the drive are able to identify the media type in the drive i.e. whether the inserted disk is CD-ROM or DVD-R or DVD-RW and so on? I understand that the session info is ...
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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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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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How does Windows report a CD as 7TB of size and explain under the hook for me?

What method Windows use to detect size of a CD? Does it depends on the data type of that CD (give it Audio CD, SVCD, data, etc...)? I guess yes. What mechanism used there, and how I can make a CD like ...
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How can i make 2nd HDD in Macbook stay spun down (OS X El Capitan)?

I installed a 2nd HDD in my 2012 macbook pro 13" about a year ago, and i used this script that i found online to put my drive to sleep and wake it up: tell application "Finder" if not (exists the ...
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How can I perform a complete backup on Windows 7 without using the optical drive?

I have dell Inspiron N5050 laptop with the optical drive not being detected in My computer and also doesn't open on clicking the button to open.So the optical drive not opening and not being detected ...
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No “close session” on Windows 7

Any ideas what would cause Windows 7 to not display the "Close Session" button? Colleague burned a CD in XP and didn't have an option to finalize the CD. I've also looked on my machine (Windows 7) ...
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CD drive detected by bios but not by Windows

The CD ROM drive is detected in the bios, it says it's connected on SATA_0. It's not detected by windows, not in my computer, not in disk management, and not in device maanger. I tried reconnecting ...
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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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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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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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Eject a bad disk from optical drive

I have an Alienware computer with one of the optical DVD drives that does not have a manual tray, just a slot to insert the disk. I recently inserted a disk that was apparently bad. It is unreadable ...
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BluRay notebook drive spins up then down, doesn't mount

My blu-ray optical drive for my notebooks is acting funny. When I insert a blu-ray disc, it spins up some, then slows down and repeats. The disc never mounts. Any suggestions?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 I add multi-mode fiber optic media converter at any point of my network previously distributed in single-mode fiber optic?

I have used single-mode fiber optic media converter in my whole network. But my Fiber Optic cables have 2-pair of optical wires. I only use one of them for single-mode purpose. Now I want to introduce ...
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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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Why won't my CD drive eject?

My computer seems to have developed a rather puzzling behavior. My DVD reader/writer drive no longer ejects it's tray when pushing the eject button. At first I assumed this was just due to a failed ...
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Is there a guide to which Blu-ray media can be burned by manufacturers?

Is there a guide to which Blu-ray media can be burned by manufacturers? For example, can you advise me which computer drives (internal and/or external) can record on this media: Japanese import ...
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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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Matshita CW-8221 pulled from MacBook with USB adapter

Background I want to put together a little home media box on the cheap with a Raspberry Pi and some used parts I had. I have an original MacBook that bit the dust and but had a working optical drive. ...
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How to force Windows 8 to re-read CD/DVD drive?

Only once in a blue moon have i ever seen this before Windows 8, but now it is a constant problem. When changing media in my CD/DVD drive (SAMSUNG SH-S203N) whatever was previously in the drive is ...
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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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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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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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Speccy tells me my optical drive doesn't work

I just finished mounting a brand new high-end build. Just to make sure everything is fine, I downloaded, installed and launched Speccy. The thing is, it tells me my optical drive, albeit being well ...
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DVD tray opens when PC comes out of sleep

This problem has only been present for about a week, but I can't seem to remember what I could have done to cause it. Whenever my PC wakes up from sleep, the DVD tray opens, and this window has ...
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Bought a slot-loading BD-RE drive, but it spits out every disc I feed it without spinning. What do?

I bought an internal UJ-267 (slot-loading BD-RE) drive, and I put it into my laptop. The trouble is that whenever I insert a disc into it (whether it's a CD or a DVD; I don't have a BD around to try ...
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Is it possible to prevent Windows from trying to create thumbnails of files inside CD/DVD?

Every time I open a CD/DVD in explorer I have to wait for Windows to create all the files thumbnails before I can do anything else. I suppose it's due to the fact that it tries to access all files ...
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Find whether a SATA port is available from within Windows 7

A relative has a faulty DVD drive connected by a PATA connector to the motherboard of his computer. Since most new DVD drives are SATA, I wonder how can I tell if I would be able to connect a new SATA ...
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“Close Tray” appears in explorer when cdrom drive is already closed

OS: Windows 7 CDROM drive model: WH12LS38 (actually a bluray burner) Issue: When right clicking on my cdrom drive letter in explorer, I expect to see "Open Tray" because the tray is already closed, ...
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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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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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My DVDROM is not detected in my HP pavilion dv6500

I have a HP Pavilion dv6500 with windows 7 ultimate 32 bit. My DVDROM is not detected. A message is shown on startup: no tpm or tpm has problem. I have replaced my DVDROM but the problem still there. ...
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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 ...