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Questions tagged [optical-drive]

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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disc drive markings indicating ability to write to mini-DVDs?

I recently decided to follow the best practice of storing backups at a different site (a safety deposit box). I only backup up my personal data, and the zip files are in the order of 100MB. Multiple ...
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Best long term storage solution? [closed]

What's the best device I can store data on for an extremely long time hundreds or thousands of years? Only planning on writing the data on to it once as it's going to be a time capsule kinda basically ...
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What is the name for the plastic piece on the end of a 5.25" optical drive tray?

I have a PC set up with 3 optical drives (to rip compact discs). One of the drives was salvaged from a pre-built machine that had a cover to hide the optical drive. As a result of this, the plastic ...
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SSD in optical bay vs SSD in HD bay – Mac Pro 2012 (Westmere)

Wondering if there's any benefit/speed difference by plugging an SSD into the cable where the optical drive was or if one of 4 hard drive bays connection is faster on a Mac Pro 2012 (Westmere)?
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Does an adapter from “disk bay” to 3.5" exist?

I bought a new HDD, but without the foresight of checking if I even had physical space in my case. There is some, but only above the optical reader. However those bays are way larger than the HDD, ...
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“BOOTMANAGER is missing” when optical drive connected

My computer fails to boot from SSD when optical drive is connected. It has worked perfectly for something like a year without it and now I have the same issue again when trying to connect it with ...
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Why is hard drive extremely vulnerable to the smallest dust particles while an optical drive is mostly immune?

A hard drive may fail if a single piece of the smallest dust, or even fingerprint particle is present on the disk, so it is well secured in metal cases. A CD, or DVD (or any other optical disk) is ...
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How to backup large sets of data to a series of Bluray discs reliably?

I have several hundred gigabytes of data to backup and would like to back them up to 25 GB Blu-ray discs. So far I've attempted to use Toast Titanium to accomplish this, but after burning about 5 ...
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Windows 10 File Explorer does not recognize optical discs

I'm running Windows 10 and the File Explorer won't display the contents of discs in my optical drive. The weird thing about this is that I can still use the drive. When I put an audio CD in there and ...
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External DVD Drive Enclosure not being detected

I bought an external DVD drive enclosure for a 12.7mm optical drive that I removed from my old laptop. Here is the link to the enclosure that I ordered from amazon. I tried connecting it to both my ...
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Mount remotely and emulate an optical disk drive from Linux to Windows

The problem Recently, I've been copying some CDs/DVDs/Blu-rays I had laying back in some bookshelves at home from a Blu-ray player from a laptop which doesn't work. However, I can't put a portable ...
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Samsung LCD screen flickering and inverted color

There is a DVD disc that stuck inside the optical drive, and the optical drive cannot be opened. After doing some tricks to eject it out, the disc somehow pushed & attached itself inside. But ...
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Burn a disc box did not prompt up when inserting blank CD-R into optical drive

My laptop's optical drive did not prompt up anything when inserting blank CD-R When I click my optical drive, this message shown: So, it means optical drive detected the blank CD. Normally this ...
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Computer detects multiple CDs although only one CD has been inserted?

After inserting a CD-ROM into the optical drive of my computer, two different accessible CDs show up on my desktop. One contains only audio files and the other some additional files. How is this ...
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Getting a “You have files awaiting to be copied onto your disc” message on taskbar

Upon logging into my computer, I sometimes receive a message that says something like "You have files awaiting to be copied onto your disc" above the taskbar near the clock. I have Windows 7 and did ...
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CD-ROM subchannel is different when dumping the same disc?

I'm making backup copies of old video games with CloneCD 5.3.3.0 on my Windows 10 x64 computer with a Samsung SH-S223L drive. One of them is Hellfire for PC (Diablo 1 expansion): The disc has a ...
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How to fix default drive label of “Phantom Burner Drive” on all drives?

I've got a Surface Pro 3 which of course does not have an optical drive. Awhile back I needed to burn a CD so I downloaded a third-party program called Phantom Burner, which was supposed to emulate an ...
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I can't boot from my optical drive on my Dell inspiron desktop

My Dell Inspiron desktop was originally windows 10, but I decided to install linux on it, as that is what I prefer. Now, since I have a new computer, I decided to give the Inspiron to my parents (last ...
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Audio CD isn't readable by computer but plays in a CD player

I'm using my fedora laptop to rip audio cdroms to flac, using abcde to do so. I happened on a cd that can't be read by my laptop(abcde complains that "cd could not be read. Perhaps there's no CD in ...
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I have an Asus R558U and I can't open CD ROM drive

I bought this new laptop and one day later I realized that the laptop has a CD-ROM drive but i can't open it - I mean there is no button on the side of the laptop to open it or anything - if I put a ...
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Optical Drive itself is running Widows 7

For a long time now my disk drive has not been communicating with my OS (Ubuntu 16.04) and the eject button has not been working. This started when I switched from Windows 7 to Ubuntu, I assumed that ...
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My optical drive of my laptop keeps popping out [closed]

I have Lenovo ThinkPad T420 with Windows 10 on board. Every time I insert the disk into optical drive and close it, drive keeps popping out. I already tried going to the hardware management window and ...
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What is the interface of this DVD/CD re-writable drive?

I have removed a DVD/CD re-writable drive from Acer Aspire 5000 laptop. I want to make it an external one by connecting to Sabrent USB 3.0 TO SATA/IDE 2.5/3.5/5.25-INCH Hard Drive Converter. But the ...
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How to disable optical drive

I have a Dell XPS M1530 laptop. The drive has a blank disk in it, but can't discharge the disk. The drive just keeps cycling trying to eject the disk about every 30 seconds. How can I disable the ...
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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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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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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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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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The driver detected a controller error on \Device\CdRom0

I opened the CD-ROM drive on my server and blew out the dust. After it closed, I noticed that this error was appearing in Event Viewer: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\CdRom0 ...
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Dell Optiplex GX620 second DVD drive

I have a NEC ND-3540A DVD drive and I wanted it as a second drive. I hooked up its power supply and IO Bus like the primary drive. They would be connected by the same wire. In the BIOS when both are ...
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What do Samsungs “GN/RSBD”, “CN/RSBS”, “CN/RSSS” for external devices mean?

I am currently looking for external dvd devices and found three from Samsung which look almost identical: Samsung SE-218CN/RSSS Samsung SE-218CN/RSBS Samsung SE-218GN/RSBD I guess the second last ...
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Treat Hard Drive as Optical Drive

I've recently bought a new laptop (running Windows 10), but unlike my old laptop this one doesn't feature an internal optical drive. I have bought an external optical drive, but it is unreliable and ...
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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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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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Is special hardware needed to install a Blu-ray player on a PC?

I heard on the TechSupportGuy forums that you need a special hardware or chipset to watch Blu-ray videos or something like that, one user noted. I see Blu-rays on eBay that connect simply through the ...
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Removing the optical drive on my Mac Book Pro

I have a Mac Book Pro 15" early 2011. I have just realised that since I was never using the optical drive and was always complaining that the thing was too heavy, it would be a rich idea to remove ...
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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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How can an optical drive function when mounted vertically?

I was looking at the Lenovo ThinkStation P series workstations. Here's an image of the four systems in that line: The last three appear to have their DVD drives mounted vertically. A quick web ...
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Ubuntu: Slow Boot time. Ubuntu installed on SSD in DVD-Caddy. Laptop Acer 5750G

I removed the DVD optical drive and put a SSD in an optical drive caddy (similar to this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-Hard-Drive-Caddy-Adapter-for-Acer-Aspire-5750G-5755G-/280914405128). I have ubuntu ...
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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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Loud optical drive

At times, the Blu-ray drive in my computer will be very loud: it makes a grinding noise that I suspect is the drive motor. This is the computer equivalent of the sound a Honda Civic makes with an ...
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Disc drive doesn't read DVDs anymore

The disc drive in my laptop (a Dell Inspiron 17R, about 1.5 years old) won't read DVDs anymore. The drive spins up several times as if attempting to read it but gives up about 2 seconds later every ...
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Fujitsu A544 Removing the optical drive? [closed]

I recently purchased a Fujitsu A544 laptop, I'm trying to remove the optical drive in the laptop and replace it with an hdd caddy, but I can't find a way how to do it. I searched extensively in google ...
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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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ASUS SBC-06D2X-U Blu-ray Drive Not Showing

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit on a ThinkPad Yoga, which as no built-in optical drive. The ThinkPad's BIOS, drivers, and Windows updates are all the latest available. When I connect my ASUS SBC-...
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Optical slim-IDE drive into a slim-SATA notebook?

I would like to change the optical drive (slim-IDE) on my notebook with a slim-SATA one. So far I have found only two solutions: to buy an external USB box or an adapter like this: http://bilder1....
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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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My laptop CD-DVD disc drive (reader) not displayed in “My Computer” and does not open when try to open

I have used my DELL 3521 laptop running on Windows 8 Professional for 1 year now. But it stopped showing CD-DVD reader in My Computer (on pressing WINDOWS+E). It is not working. I don't know what ...
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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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Windows not recognizing CD/DVD drive

I have an Acer Aspire laptop running Windows 7. It has (suddenly) stopped recognizing any CD/DVD that I put in the drive. When I insert a disk, it seems to be processing it for a couple of seconds ...