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Question: upgrading laptop with SSD in optical drive slot (I heard you could get a caddy?)

The plan is to do a fresh install of windows 10 on the SSD once installed. How do I do that? I think I have a digital licence

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Preferred Solution: upgrading laptop with SSD in optical drive slot (I heard you could get a caddy?)

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Can i replace a optical drive with caddy on G50-80 laptop? will it void warrenty?
Which caddy i need to use 9.5 mm or 12.5mm?
 
 
 
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I've gone through several of these caddys.

My laptop (a Lenovo G500) continually has the same problem; it refuses to recognize the HD I connect to it using an Optical Bay Caddy I purchased on eBay (I've tried several, it does this with all of them). The first time I connected it it saw the Hard Drive and worked perfectly. I rebooted and it hasn't shown up in the BIOS's Boot Screen or anywhere else since.

Here are some pictures of the caddy itself: https://imgur.com/a/qEXbq#0

Related BIOS configuration screens: https://imgur.com/Xmv8ZIx,bq46dDy,Ofcp0XW,6RFCQVn,RK28j...

Laptop specs:

System: Lenovo G500 CPU: Intel Core i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz Dual-Core
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 1366 x 768

What could be causing this?
 

Answer:Laptop refuses to recognize Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy?

Have you tried setting Sata Controller Mode to Compatible? I assume it's just a name for the old IDE mode, which means that if it works,it will be slower.
 

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I would like to buy a caddy for an extra hard drive for my HP Notebook - 15-ay168sa but I would like to know the dimension of this laptop to buy the cady because there are two version one is 9.5mm and the other is 12.7! so would you please help identifying which one fits my laptop?

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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Greetings, I ordered a 9.5mm "Universal" drive caddy from Amazon which stated compatibility with the V5-571, but it's terribly tight trying to get it to fit and even though I push it until it feels like it's seated in the SATA port, the screw holes under the keyboard don't line up and I can't get Windows 7 to recognize the 1TB 7200rpm NTFS-formatted drive, even though I've verified that the drive can be recognized on another Win7 system. I'm concerned about the mis-fit and wondered if anyone here has had success in installing a caddy in the optical bay? If so, I would love to know if there is a measurement or other specification I need to look for, or better yet, a link to where I might find one. Many thanks.

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I have just installed a SSD and moved my original HDD to a optical bay caddy. It all worked fine until I fitted the 2nd HDD optical bay caddy. After I did this it now boots from the 2nd HDD optical bay caddy rather than the SSD in the main drive slot. It has also moved the SSD to drive letter E, with the HDD as C. I would just change them back but I'm not sure whether you can just do that when an OS is installed and running on them. My type of BIOS does also not display any of the drives, just displaying 'OS boot manager', 'CD Rom (Internal)', 'USB Key', 'CD Rom (USB)'. I have a HP Pavilion G6 laptop and I'm running Window 8. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Laptop Booting From 2nd HDD Optical Caddy

I have since disconnected the 2nd HDD Caddy and Windows is booting from the SSD fine with it labeled as the C drive. I fear though if I reconnect it it will push the SSD to the E drive again (the D drive is the recovery partition of the HDD). I tried connecting the caddy when the laptop was switched on but I couldn't get it to display in disk management after a rescan and refresh. As there is no data on the HDD that I actually want (as it is a new laptop) I would happily delete the whole HDD (C drive), the only data on the drive I would wish to keep is the recovery partition (D drive).
 

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Hello, I'm going to be replacing my primary HDD (1tb) with a SSD and will place the HDD in a drive caddy, replacing the existing DVD drive. 3rd party vendors list both 12mm and 9.5mm drive caddys for this - I imagine a newer laptop would have the smaller form factor, unfortunately this spec info is not available from the manual or Lenovo tech support - does anyone happen to know? Might be best if I yank the drive and measure it or take it with me to buy a caddy in person, rather than order online. Thanks for reading,Paul

Answer:Replacing the Optical drive on Ideapad 510151SK with HDD caddy, need drive size -12mm or 9.5mm?

Per page 63 of the Lenovo ideapad 510-15ISK/ ideapad 510-15IKB Hardware Maintenance Manual item #4, your laptop uses one of 3 9.0mm optical drives (see below) so a 9.5mm caddy may not work.   There are some 9.0mm universal versions like this one available, but I have not used them, so be sure to check with the seller for capatability before ordering. No     Description                                                                      Part# /FRU4        HLDS GUE0N 9.0mm Slim Tray Rambo ODD             5DX0J464884        PLDS DA-8A6SH 9.0mm  Slim Tray Rambo ODD      5DX0F864044        TSST SU-228GB 9.0 Rambo ODD                                5DX0H14227 Lenovo ideapad 510-15ISK/ ideapad 510-15IKB Hardware Maintenance Manualhttps://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_510-15isk_510-15ikb_hmm_201604.pdf Cheers,

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I have HP Probook 6570b notebook. I bought this machine without optical disc drive. So It has jus a plastic box on the optical disc drive's place. Nowdays i bought a HDD Caddy, but I can't fix it to the notebook with twists and i have not faceplate (or bezel) that it would be aesthetical. My question, how can i purchase order faceplate or (if simplier) optical disc drive with accessory?

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I want to replace my optical drive with an ssd. So i want to know the height of the drive caddy i should purchase? whether 9.5mm or 12.7mm height is the required height?Please help me out. My model is HP Pavilion 15 ab549tx.

Answer:2nd HDD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-ab5...

From the Manual: Optical drive Fixed, serial ATA, 9.5-mm tray load You seem to know what you want to do but let me just toss out a couple things you may not have considered. The optical drive port is a lower speed SATA than the hard drive port. So if you put an SSD in there it will be running slower than it can. Also it is not bootable so you would be using an SSD just for storage. You may want to consider just putting a bigger and less expensive mechanical hard drive in there for storage.  The laptop has ports for 2.5 inch SATA hard drives and a SATA-type M.2 disk so you can add a solid state drive that will work way better, just not in the optical bay.  Service Manual Post back if you need any more help.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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Does the Acer Aspire E5-574g have the sata connection for a 2nd hdd via a optical drive caddy? The e5-574g does not come with an optical drive installed. If it is possible, will a 9.5mm drive caddy work in this computer?

Answer:optical drive caddy for 2nd hdd in acer aspire e5-...

Hello, Unscrew the screw marked in the attachment and remove the dummy ODD. You should see normally a SATA connector in the bottom of the housing. The heigh of the original ODD is 9.0mm.

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Does the Acer Aspire E5-574g have the sata connection for a 2nd hdd via a optical drive caddy? The e5-574g does not come with an optical drive installed. If it is possible, will a 9.5mm drive caddy work in this computer?

Answer:optical drive caddy for 2nd hdd in acer aspire e5-...

Hello, Unscrew the screw marked in the attachment and remove the dummy ODD. You should see normally a SATA connector in the bottom of the housing. The heigh of the original ODD is 9.0mm.

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Hello everyone! I am planning to add a SSD to my HP Pavilion 15-p263nl Notebook PC. I found on some sites that I can remove the optical drive and put a second drive using a caddy adapter into the optical drive bay. I found that some people on the forum have done it successfully, but nothing about my PC model. I want to know if it could work with my product. In other words, there is my plan:1-Remove the actual HDD from the hard drive bay and replace it with the new SSD.2-Remove the optical drive and replace it with the caddy adapter containing my old HDD.3-Do a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD, using a USB recovery flash drive made with my actual Windows 10 system (which was updated from Windows 8.1 by July 2016). I already have a 120 GB SSD drive from OCZ (OCZ Vertex 3). I have some questions before buying the adapter:1- Will the two drives (my old HDD and the new SSD) be recognized by the motherboard / BIOS and the operating system (Windows 10)? Is there a limit of one unique HDD/SSD drive on the computer?2- which dimensions does the adapter have to be? I found offers for both 9.5mm and 12.7mm that are said to be suitable for HP Pavilion generally speaking3- Do these parts work together and with my computer (size, compatibility)? Do you expect any problem with this upgrade?4- Will the clean install of Windows 10 work, since I plan to install it on a different drive than the one I used to create the USB recovery flash drive? I have never done a clean... Read more

Answer:2nd HDD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-p26...

Hi, 1. Yes,2.  Your machines uses 9.5mm SATA tray,3.  Problem ? I can't answer this question because who knows anything down to the track.4. I don't know how did you create recovery USB but a proper clean install should work. Regards.

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Hi,
I am trying to replace my optical drive with a HDD Caddy with a Seagate 2TB HDD. When I start my laptop with the drive installed both my bios and os don't recognized it. If I start my laptop and then slide the caddy into the optical bay my os picks it up immediately. If I restart the computer the drive is gone. I have discussed with the caddy manufacturer and they aren't sure what the issue is. I have updated all my drivers and my bios via Dell's website.
Can anyone provide some insight?
Thank you.

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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How to obtain the four screws that secure the caddy to the laptop body?  
(Not the screws that keep the HDD inside the caddy.)
Does anyone know the specification for these screws, and where I can buy them?
Thanks in advance.

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I want to replace optical drive with SSD, now I am not sure if its better to replace Optical drive with SSD ot to replace HDD with SSD and Optical drive with HDD. Dont know the difference. Then I want to do clean install of WIn10 on SSD. I bought 128 gb SunDisk SSD. I wanted to buy caddy with these specs:2.5" SATA III HDD/SDD caddy 9.5mm   Size: 125mm*125mm*9.5mm Both SSD and HDD if I checked correctly are 2.5' and SATA. What I dont know is Optical drive SATA aswell. What I am asking if someone can confirm that it will fit and witch option is better (above).And is there any other parameter that I should check out before ordering caddy? Thanks in andvance.

Answer:SSD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-au003nm

Here are some things to consider about an optical drive caddy. 1. A drive placed in there will run slower than a drive placed in the main SATA bay. 2. A drive in an optical bay adapter/caddy will not be bootable so will not be able to hold the OS.  So, what you want to do is take that SSD and place it where the hard drive currently is located and then place the old hard drive in the optical caddy. You can still access data on the optical bay drive and transfer is fast enough for video streaming and music but will not be optimal for things like video editing. Just pure raw storage, really. Here is the Service Manual: Manual Hard drive access is on page 32 and optical drive removal is on page 27. The optical drive is 9mm, not 9.5mm and we have had some people report trying to use a 9.5mm bay adapter will not work as it is just a hair too thick to fit inside the laptop. You might find that a 9.5 mm drive adapter will fit, but I cannot guarantee it. It only uses 7mm hard drives but if you happen to have a 9.5 mm form factor hard drive you can (carefully) see if it will fit in the optical bay slot.  Your laptop does have an M.2 mSSD ("gumstick") hard drive slot which would have been a better choice for upgrade. If you can return the 128 gig SSD might not be a bad idea. It only uses the SATA type 2280 M.2 disks with the B + M keys.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.   

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Hi Everyone, My issue is the following: I replaced my optical drive, and insert an additional HDD to my ThinkPad T440p computer using and ODD caddy ICY-BOX AC640. However, the replaced unit seems to blink the activity led for a short time (~1 sec) only when powering on and powering off the machine, and is not detected neither in the BIOS or by the OS.Additionally, the most recent BIOS version (GLET81WW (2.35 )) has only limited settings available compared to the previous versions, so that options regarding the handling of disks is unavailable.I run LinuxMint 17.2. Any hints/helps regarding the topic is welcome.Regards,Marton 

Answer:T440p Replacing optical drive with ODD caddy 9.5mm - not working

Hi,I'm having the same problem with the B50-80. I replaced the original HD with an SSD and it worked fine. But when I insert the second HD in the optical bay with the proper caddy neighter the BIOS nor Windows recognize the hd. The only application that reads the hd is Device Manager that detects an unknown device with the right name of the hd (toshiba). I am running Windows 10 and the 3.0 bios version. Does anyone have an idea? Thanks

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I wish to move my ssd with Win 7 installed to an internal caddy fitted in an optical drive space.
I am using the same data cable, and the bay is powered.
On bootup Windows is not recognising the drive.
I tried using my installation disc to reinstall in the new location, but again the drive is not recognised.
Take it out of the caddy and it works fine.
Partition Magic recognises the drive when in the caddy.
ssd is Samsung evo 850
Any suggestions appreciated
My Win7 is an upgrade version from XP so I beleive I can't use Sysprep.

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I just bought I used Portege M750 because my M700 was broken. Unfortunately, the select bays between both models are not compatible. Although the availability of a 2nd hdd caddy is mentioned in the users manual, I couldn't find the part no of the HDD caddy for the M750. I tried a standard SATA-SATA HDD caddy, but I get an "select bay error" message on startup, although the caddy works in windows as long as you don't hibernate.

Does anyone know the part no of the genuine 2nd hdd caddy for Portege M750 / M780? Or is there another 2nd hdd caddy which does work with the M750 without any restrictions?

Answer:Portege M750 - 2nd HDD caddy in select bay instead of optical drive

Hi

I assume you will need an Hard drive caddy part number: P000452980
Then you could place this into the Toshiba's Ultra Slim HDD Adaptor PA3408U-1ETC and PA3408U-2ETC

But you can also contact the Toshiba ASP in your country to get an confirmation...

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Hello everyone,
I am using HP p028TX as my primary laptop, Reviewed here-
[Honest Review] HP P028TX Laptop Review [Core i3 1.9Ghz, 4GB ram, 1TB HDD, Nvidia 830M 2GB, Beats] | NotebookReview

The laptop is Mostly used For Photo/Videos and Gaming. The laptop came with 1TB HDD and I am lately running out of space. Its very cumbersome to use External USB HDD for certain Data. I have ordered an optical Drive HDD caddy with a view to adding one more HDD and enjoy software RAID.

Here's what I plan to do-
1> Install One more 1TB HDD in Optical Caddy.
2> Convert Both Disks (Internal+Caddy) to Dynamic Disks.
3> Setup Striping RAID 0 array for the data part. I am not touching the Boot partition nor willing to install Windows on RAID.
4> Enjoy higher performance of software for Games/ Large videos etc.

Here are my doubts-
1> Will conversion to Dynamic disks mess up the windows 7 bootup? Is the process better from Inbuilt disk management or I need some professional tool?

2> Will the Windows Image Backup Still able to backup/Restore system C:\ partitions from Dynamic disks? (To external USB HDD)

3> Is the Configuration Reliable Long term? (I am aware of Risks regarding RAID 0, Many PCs at my office Run RAID 0). I am more curious regarding the reliablity of DYNAMIC DISK.

4> Is it very cumbersome to restore/Recover data from a Dynamic disk in case something messed up? I do keep backups of Data on USB HDD, But I rely on windows Image backup for ... Read more

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i am planning to replace my HDD with a samsung 850 evo 250gb ssd and place my current HDD to my optical drive after removing it . But i am not able to find any answers online for as to which caddy i can use for the HDD . can someone please suggest 

Answer:optical drive hard disk caddy for HP Notebook - 15-ay011ne

  HP does not make the caddy for the optical drive but nearly every Chinese shop does so the market is flooded with them.  https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/ There are some compromises that will be made with one of these devices which I am happy to explain if you wish. Also, are you clear on how to open it up and replace the HDD with the SSD? Happy to help further. 

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I am having difficulty finding any compatible caddies? Has anyone succesfully added a drive caddy in place of PLDS DVD-RW DA8A5SH optical drive?
 
thank you.
 
 
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Answer:Flex 2 15 - Any options to add a ssd caddy in place of optical drive w. Flex2 15?

Hi. I bought from ebay : http://www.ebay.ca/itm/for-Lenovo-Flex-2-15-Swap-UJ8FB-DVD-2nd-SATA-Hard-Drive-SSD-HDD-HD-Caddy-Adap... , and it's working. I installed the hdd inside.

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My ideapad 500-15isk is equiped whit a 128 GB SSd and has no optical drive.I'm wondering if i can place a HDD-Caddy and put a 1TB drive in it, since there is not an optical drive in this laptop.On the seller's homepage it says: The caddy comes with 1pcs flat Standard faceplate , and it is not an exact match. All buyers need to remove their optical drive's faceplate to attach onto caddy for proper working. Any other accessories like Mounting Bracket or ejector latch will not included. Please take it from optical drive to re-use.This is to get to get it to work properlyAlso, i read that some people have troubles to get the laptop to recognize the HDD Caddy.I really need to know for sure if it works before i order the caddy and the HDD.Anyone has any expierence with this option and specific laptop?Greetings,D. Karel

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Model: 80TV01CKMXThe laptop has a dummy bracket.Can this be removed and install anything useful like an optical drive or a SSD?

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I have an Acer E5 772g 57Q7 notebook. It does not have an optical device, but it has a black blank installed. The lettering on the blank was this: TS:442.04X0B.0001#1REV:AO1.15.08.26.NBJT130322#1 Is there an option to switch this out with an optical drive hdd caddy, and if so, where could I find one?













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Answer:Acer Aspire E17 e5 772g 57Q7 Optical Drive Caddy?

Oups! About the bezel, you can request a quote and place an order from your Acer store by chat or by phone. (part number stated in the first column .... cheap part).

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The Drive repeatedly used to stop working, in the sense, pressing the eject button would not work... Of the previous two times that had happened, it started automatically, after few re-boots or soo.. But this time, its again not working.. Neither can I insert any CD/DVD nor does any indication comes when I press the eject button [ The low sound or the light or the slight vibration does not happen]But, when i right-click on the drive in my computer n say Eject, the light indicator works.. thats the only thing happening. Can u please tell me what I must do... I have warranty till 2011. Please help me out as to how I must go about itMessage Edited by ABHISHEKGIRISH on 04-26-2009 09:42 PM













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Answer:Optical DVD rom drive [Slot in] - Problem

Seems like hardware malfunction.I'm sure you should bring it to service centre.





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i hav an acer aspire and i need to konw how to remove the cover over the optical slot so that i can install a bluray drive?

Answer:optical drive slot access

Hi,Could you let us know the model that you have please.

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does such a part exist? my OD is dead it seems, but I really have no use for it.  I install everything from USB. Anyways, I was thinking of just removing it (to lessen weight even more), but would prefer to have some sort of cover or plastic insert. Thanks for any help! EDIT.  NM, found it, its called a Travel Cover.

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Hello,
i've just got a Tecra A50-C-10g . One reason i got this one was (looking at the product pictures) it has an optical drive.
But oho! it does not.The pictures are miss leading with this slot shaped as an optical drive.
( I looked at the description and it says "optical drive - no" so i guess it was my fault there, but tbh.. i saw it in the picture so i wasn't checking for it again in the description )

Now i'm stuck with some mobile card instead of an optical drive. I already opened it (ungodly amount of screws!) to see if i can just get an optical drive and replace it.. but there are two metal screw nuts which keep the fake drive slot in place.. and it doesn't look like i can slide in an optical drive like that as it would go through these screw nuts.

Am i right with this assumption?

regards

Ed.

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Lenovo folks: I would like to the replace the standard DVD optical drive on my Q700 with a 12.7mm slot-in blu-ray ROM drive (I'm not concerned with voiding the warranty). I have idenitified two possible drives but I'm not sure how the eject button will interface with the Q700's external case. Anyone have any experience or recommendations on the correct drive to purchase? Hitacahi-LG  CA10N (commonly found in Dell laptops)SONY BC-5600S  Thanks,Dan

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Does Y510 in USA have TV Tuner, Slot-in Optical drive & Bluetooth? I just got the Y510-D2 from www.jr.com and was disappointed, it did not have the Slot-in type optical drive, no bluetooth, no TV tuner, really disappointed, even though jr.com website shows it. Does anyone know where can I get the Slot-in optical drive + bluetooth model?  thanksken

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I plan on putting an SSD in and want to know what size optical drive caddy i need to buy.

Answer:What size optical drive slot does the V3-572G-54S6...

Hi Papy86, The port from the Optical Drive is different from the SSD and if you are able to do it will decrease a lot on speed. The only information I found is on a Mac computer and not Windows.http://www.reddit.com/r/applehelp/comments/2i4hd7/why_cant_i_boot_into_my_ssd_in_an_optical_bay/ 

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Is it possible to add an extra HDD into the empty optical slot of my Ideacentre 510S-08ISH?What would the size of the HDD suitable? Do I need any bracket or caddy?And most importantly, would the PSU provide enough power for it? Since I have notice that once I plug in external HDD into the USB port, my wireless mouse and keyboard sometimes lagging.

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The Dell Optiplex 7040 MT has 2 slots for adding new 2.5" drives. However. instead of the standard 2.75" width (for a new additional 2.5" SSD drive), the slot seems to be about 3.25" wide.
Any suggestions as  to what part number is needed to fit the 2.5" drive in the designated 2.5" slot are appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Optiplex 7040 MT: Caddy for 2.5" drive (2.5" slot)

Hi Currin,
Thanks for writing to us.
There are two size caddies
X9FV3  :: for 2.5" caddy
0CW33  :: for 3.5" caddy
Do provide us your system tag#, email address and name via private message,by clicking on my name in blue and then select send a private message
Regards

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I have an Alienware Aurora R6 and am frustratingly trying to upgrade the optical drive to one that can read Blu-rays. Does anyone know what drive size specs I should be looking for? It's a low profile drive that is even smaller than a standard laptop optical drive. I tried posting this to an existing Aurora R6 article (https://www.windowscentral.com/how-upgrade-alienware-aurora-r5-and-r6), but my reputation here isn't high enough to post to older articles. Thanks any help.
Background in case anyone's interested: When purchasing this computer the only spec*they showed was that it was a 5.25" drive. Assuming it would be a full sized 5.25", I ordered the system with the least expensive DVD option, meaning to switch it out with the Blu-ray drive in my old system. This, of course, didn't work, so eventually I ordered a low profile Blu-ray drive meant for laptops. The slot in the case is too small even for this drive. What grinds my gears about this is that it's obvious that the internal bay (silver*metal part) is big enough for the laptop drive. It's the outer case (black metal part) and front bezel that are the obstructions.

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Hi, I wanted to upgrade the optical drive in my HP S5545UK to a BluRay writable one. Having read various reviews and checked the 'Replacing a CD or DVD Drive' article at: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01755009 ...I decided on the LG BH10LS38 and ordered it from Amazon. Following the instructions in the link above, the part about connecting the new drive states that there may be three cables required - one of which is the "Eject or control cable (not needed for some drives)". As this drive just has the power and SATA connection - I presumed this was one of the "some drives" that do not need the eject/control cable. However, it seems that it's not about whether the *drive* needs this cable - it's about the design of the Pavilion case! It's designed so the optical drive sits vertically. Fine, no problem - this drive is designed for that (has extra support in the tray). BUT, the drive's eject button is not only hidden by the front bezel, but also by the front facia of the PC (so even removing the bezel doesn't allow access to the eject button). HP have put their own 'eject' button just below the drive on the front panel, but this is what the third cable is. It connects this switch directly to the original optical drive. Without this connection, there is no way of hardware-ejecting the replacement drive. Sure, I know it can be software-ejected, but that's quite annoying - and there's always those times when you remember just aft... Read more

Answer:Upgrading optical drive in Pavilion Slimline S5545UK

I know this has been a while, 4+ years old, but most drives have a pin hole to hardware eject after shutdown. Additionally, the control cable only makes connection to the external case eject/close button. There is still a hardware button on the drive. All you must do is open the cover flap (or remove it) to access it. I have replaced stock DVD drive with a BD drive that does not have the control cable port and operate it just fine with the cover removed. The front of the case doesn't look as nice, but it?s still more than functional.-Kurt

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Hello,I realized while using my computer, that although i thought it was included in my model, my laptop cannot read bluray discs. So, i was wondering whether lenovo sells bluray optical drives which i could buy, if they are not too expensive and not a hassle to order.













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Answer:Upgrading to a bluray capable optical drive on a Y570

hi fed.you can replace the optical drivers but first of all lets make sure you have supported hardware. can you provide the information which model of dvd-rom you have? are you using third party software to read blue-ray disks such as power dvd 10?http://forum.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-and-Z-series/blu-ray-player-issues/m-p/521953#M42305

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Hello,

I would like to use a SSD instead of the conventional HDD, but the SSDs are really expensive and therefore I would like to replace the optical drive with my conventional HDD. The optical drive is not often used and therefore I am looking for an optical bay caddy that easily replaces the DVD player. I know from old Tecra systems (e.g. 8100), that such a bay was available.

I do not want to use an external disk, because I do not like to carry to many devices with me. Please can someone help me?

Thanks in advance.
black_dragon

Answer:Optical bay caddy for Tecra S10-106

Hey mate,

I know there are such optical by caddy for certain Toshiba notebooks but I don?t know if they are available for Tecra S10 and if it?s possible.

You should ask an authorized service provider in your country. If such a optical bay caddy is available, you order if from the technicians and they can give you a detailed answer. :)

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Hi, I've just dumped a dead laptop but have kept the hard drive intending to use it as a spare external drive. However, i am having problems finding a caddy/enclosure to put it in. The laptop was a Packard Bell Easynote F7300. can anyone point me to a website where I might find a caddy to put the hard drive in. Thanks

Answer:Caddy for laptop hard drive

There are thousands og them around, emmandelo, but you haven't said if your hard drive is IDE or SATA. Yon can get enclosures that will take both types though. click here You could also search EBay.

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Hi There! I want to upgrade my laptop with an extra HDD. I have been trying to find a compatable HDD caddy for the cd slot. Unfortanatly the one I ordered was too high. I have been looking all over lenovo's website and documentation to find the dimension specifications for their optical drive slot, but have sadly not been able to find one. I have also not been able to find a HDD caddy that specifically list the thinkpad E570 in their supported models. Does anyone here know of a good HDD caddy that is compatable or know the optical drive height specifications? Thanks in advance!

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I found nothing on the internet about the read write speeds of drives (hard drives, SSD) using optical drive bay caddies, therefore I decide to do some tests myself.
I have a Vostro 3450 and recently bought an off-lease Latitude E6410. They both run Windows 7  The optical drive bay of both laptops are removable (more conveniently on the Vostro). I bought the optical drive caddies on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/110940581984?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
http://www.ebay.com/itm/110970738087?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
Both caddies can take drives (HDD, SSD) up to 9.5 mm thick.
First of all, I want to find out what interface the optical drive use to communicate with the laptop. I use Speecy ( http://www.piriform.com/speccy ), a system hardward information freeware to find this informaton. It turns out that this is SATA II (transfer speed 3 Gbps = 384 MBps) on the Latitude E6410 and SATA III (6Gbps = 768 MBps) on the Vostro.
The optical bay caddies of both laptops are "hot swappable" (ie. can be inserted / removed on-the-fly without rebooting, and the new drive will be automatically detected / deleted by the operating system). This is easily done on the Latitude which has an Eject button on the DVD drive (and the caddy I bought - there are models without the ejector). You need to remove one screw on the bottom panel of the Vostro, remove another screw that holds the drive in place, and use a small flat-head scre... Read more

Answer:Optical bay caddy read write speed

thanks a lot . I asked about it ...

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Since I rarely use my optical drive and frequently back up files to an external hard drive, I'd like to put a HDD in the optical bay and just swap it out for the DVD player whenever that is needed. My T530 (i5-3210M Win7HP) has a 256GB Crucial mSSD for the boot drive and programs;  the original 500GB/7200 rpm in the drive bay has data files, Outlook and Quicken files, music, photos and documents. For the optical bay HDD 500 GB would be plenty, but the 750 GB is only about $10 more, so why not?  (I'd probably put the 750 in the drive bay and make it the data drive, with the 500 in the optical bay for a back up drive... and this is about convenience more than need.) Best I can tell the optical drive supports SATA 6GB/sec but most of the 2.5" 750GBx7200 rpm drives are SATA 3GB/sec.  (On the other hand, the Hitachi MK5061GSY 500GBx7200 that came in my T530 appears to be 'only' SATA II, and most forum posters suggest there's not a noticable difference.) Of the 750 GB drives it seems the Seagate Momentus ($82) and Western Digital Scorpio Black ($78) would be the top two choices.  I think they're both 9.5mm and would fit. Some reviews indicate the Western Digital is quieter. The caddy is more problematic, as there are so many choices, and many appear to be poorly-fitting Chinese knockoffs.  I'm not inclined to pay $70 for the Lenovo, when the others are in the $10-15 range, but I do want one that fits well and works well and lasts.&n... Read more

Answer:Advice needed - optical bay caddy and HDD for T530

try newmodeus caddies. i have ordered both caddy and 2nd hard drive from lenovofor the same reasons you mentioned. sure, after market 750gb hdd is way cheaperthan lenovo 500gb hdd but i didn't want to risk it. newmodeus caddies would be mychoice if i hadn't . unfortunately i don't have any first hand experience with them.but manufacturer seems legit, prices are somewhat higher than ebay options (45 bucks)website is pretty informative... anyway, i would also like to know first hand experienceswith newmodeus caddies if anyone has them. also, newmodeus sells external caddies for optical drives. sure, nothing fancy, butas i said, it seems legit. bit pricey though too. also, regarding your hard drive dilemma,i would humbly suggest western digital (black, stay away from greens and blues) drives.5 year warranty, pretty fast, don't get too hot during extensive operations. have a few blacks.500gb and two 750gb drives and they're working like a charm (knock on wood).





__________________________________________________________________________________________T530: i7-3630QM, 4 GB DDR3-1600, NVS 5400M, 2x 500GB 7200RPM, 9-cell, HD+ 1600x900, Backlit US, WinXP ProL430: i3-2370M, 4 GB DDR3-1600, HD 3000, 320GB 7200RPM, 6-cell, HD 1366 x 768, Win7 Home Premium 64-bit

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I recently installed a second SSD in the optical bay of my DV6-7300. I am getting terrible performance from the drive.  When copying a 5GB file from my main SSD to the optical bay SSD, it starts at a reasonable speed but then quickly drop down to a crawl (going between 5MB/s and 20MB/s) as you can see below:   The strange thing is running a CrystalDiskMark benchmark, it gives better (although not amazing) results:  Is this a limitation of my laptop's SSD controller, or is there some change of configuration that will improve performance? 

Answer:Very slow SSD performance in optical caddy (DV6-7300)

For quite a while I have been advising people not to put an SSD in an otical drive caddy. Why? Because the SATA interface for an optical drive does not need to be anything faster than SATA-I so that is generally what you find. A hard drive/ssd in the optical drive bay will run slow so the only thing it is good for is just mass storage. Video will stream from it but it will not be suitable for operations which require fast disk access like video editing or CAD work, Code assembly, etc. 

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Hi there,
Hoping you can help! My laptop (ASUS nj61) died. I bought the nexstar 3 superspeed USB 3.0 caddy. Was able to remove laptop hard drive and insert into caddy.
My new laptop reads this as RECOVERY (D. If I double click on this, I get an HP recovery partition warning. I can't seem to access anything from there.
I was hoping to recover photos; music and other files from my old hard drive.
Can you offer any advice (for a computer dummy ) ?
Thanks for your help....
 

Answer:Recovery of laptop hard drive using caddy

most harddrives would have two partitions a D and a C - D is the recovery partition as you have seen and C would be - should be the Main harddrive

with the harddrive connected to the USB port
go into
Start>control panel> administrative tools>computer manager>disk manager
now you should see the USB disk listed there
can we see a screen shot
To post a screen shot of the active window.
Windows XP
Hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application (Start> All Programs> Accessories> Paint) and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.

Vista or Windows 7
you can use the "snipping tool" which is found in Start> All programs> Accessories> Snipping Tool

Windows 8
you can use the snipping tool > Open Snipping Tool (From the Windows 8 Start Screen, type "snip" and press enter.
>Press the Esc. key.
>go back to your Windows 8 start screen - Swipe from left or press Window Button
>Press Ctrl+PrntScr button to use Snipping Tool
see here
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/opinion/windows/3415854/how-take-screenshot-in-windows-8/
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3405830/how-take-screenshot-in-windows-8/
To upload the screen shot to the forum, open the full reply window ("Go Advanced" button) and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
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Hi,

I have a Laptop running Win98 1st. Ed. It's on it's 2nd hard drive. The first was a IBM Travelstar (model# DKLA-24320). It was replaced when the Stone Monkey Virus made it impossible to access the dirve.

Now I am looking for what I think is called an external hard drive caddy or enclosure. I would like to place the old hard drive in the external caddy or enclosure. The caddy or enclosure would have to be either Parallel, USB or PCMICA adaptable. I am hoping to then be able to access the old hard drive that way.

Is there such a Caddy or enclosure, does it go by any other name? If there is such a device please tell me the proper name and where I can find them.

I'd also like to know whether, this sounds like a possible way to access an old laptop hard drive?

Thanks
 

Answer:laptop Hard Drive External Caddy or Enclosure

You can pick up USB external disk cases for peanuts for 2.5" disks. I use them for traveling storage. Here's one typical example: http://www.imagestore.us/product.asp?pf_id=HY-2.5case&dept_id=04-005

Note that you may need a cheap +5V adapter to use this case, you can buy them in the $20 range with the supply included. www.pricewatch.com is your friend.
 

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I have a 120GB 2.5" SATA drive spare that I want to use on my desktop PC. I have one of those USB caddy devices - the USB cable is two-headed at one end with one plug on the other. If I use it on my laptop, I plug the two USB cables into the side and connect the HDD into the caddy and it works perfectly - Windows (8.1) shows the drive immediately.However, when trying it on my desktop (and I have drive many different USB ports) the LED on the caddy comes on, but when connecting the drive (or connecting the USB cable to the caddy with the drive already in place), nothing happens - sometimes you can hear the drive attempting to start, sometimes you can hear nothing. But nothing registers on the PC either - there is no USB connection sound for example. The drive is in good condition and hasn't ever been used that much. And it shows on the laptop as working perfectly. So why can't my desktop PC (also Windows 8.1 and clearly has more power available to give out) start the drive?Thanks for any ideasmessage edited by Alex2002

Answer:SATA drive caddy works on laptop - but not on desktop?

Maybe the two close USB's are using a common power source. If you have a USB extension lead it would be worth seeing what happens if you use two USB's that are further apart.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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I bought this Laptop from Futureshop:http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/lenovo-lenovo-ideapad-15-6-2nd-gen-intel-core-i5-2450m-laptop...but can't find out which Lenovo laptop it is (searching the model number only finds the Futureshop page and a couple of Canadian discount websites).  From what I see on the Lenovo website, it might be something from the Z serieshttp://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.det... I want to know because I want to replace the DVD drive with a hard drive caddy so I can fit a 2nd hard drive in the laptop. 













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Answer:Hard drive caddy (unknown Laptop model)

The answer for your question is written on that website right in the main bold title) It's V570 (V570-1066XB2).

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Hi, my first post here but I've been reading a lot on this forum and always found the solution to my problems. Except now, I can't find any post related to my problem:

I've been improving my girlfriend's Acer Aspire 5750G (i7-2630QM - 8GB RAM (upgraded from 4GB) -NVIDIA GeForce GT540M - HD: WD6400BVPT @5400rpm) and I wanted to install a Kingston SV100S2/256G (version: SSDNow V100) with Win7 Home Premium on the SSD of course.
Roadmap to my problem:


The SSD doesn't fit in the normal HDD bay: There are 2 plastic pins above the SATA connector so the SSD doesn't fit in there (the SATA connector of a normal 2,5" HDD isn't covered by the casing like the SSD). I found someone on the webs who just broke these pins off but I don't want to lose the warranty on the laptop... yet.


Solution 1: I bought an optical HDD Caddy for the SSD so I could reinstall Windows with the Acer erecovery program which gave me the next problem: The stupid program doesn't let me choose where to install Win7!


Solution 2: I downloaded all drivers seperatly from the Acer site and installed a second Win7 (from a USB stick) on the SSD. Next problem: I tried to install the 100MB partition with the bootmgr on the SSD but that didn't work when I only booted from the SSD without the normal HDD in it. I realised then that the BIOS didn't recognize the SSD in the optical bay. The BIOS only 'sees' the WD HDD.


Solution 3: I deleted the 100MB partition on the SSD, reinstalled Win7 on it and used Ea... Read more

Answer:Bios Acer 5750G doens't recognize SSD in Optical bay caddy

I also posted this message on the microsoft technet forum... This is what I found out in the meantime (some thing I repeated because the next text is a combination of 2 answers to 2 replies on the technet forum).

I already updated the BIOS to the last version (1.20). In the 75750G's BIOS the AHCI controller is already enabled (only SATA-ports on this laptop, no IDE). In the BIOS menu the SSD doesn't show anywhere. It should be on the ATAPI CD-ROM but nothing to see there. If I change the boot priority to the ATAPI CD-ROM, it doesn't work (with or whitout the WD HDD in it). It didn't even work when the bootmanager was still on the SSD.

I guess the only option I have is to wait until my warranty is over (october 2013) and then try the SSD in the normal HDD bay or hope that eventually Acer releases a BIOS update that will recognize the SSD.I asked Acer if they could help me with the BIOS problem so I'll see if they can help me out in any way... I'll let you know.

I know the problem is not in Windows. It's just that I have a strange system built up now. I just wanted to be able to boot from the SSD without having the bootmanager on the normal HDD and change the SSD drive letter to C:\.

I tried this now:
A different SSD and a normal HDD in the optical bay caddy: nothing recognized in the BIOS. I also tried the optical bay caddy in my Sony Vaio and no HDD to see there either.

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Hi all,
New to the forum.
I have an Dell Inspiron 15-5558 and am wanting to swap the optical DVD drive for a Sandisk Ultra II 240GB ssd for the operating system.
I'm quite newbie with modding hardware so just wondering what I would need apart from the hard drive itself.
I know I'll need some sort of bay to hold it in but does anyone know where I would source one to the same specs as the drive so the case is all flush

Answer:Swap Laptop Optical Drive for Solid State Drive

You will probably need some sort of Tray and it's likely to be smaller than the Standard Hard Drive

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Hello, I have a Sony Vaio VGN-N38E laptop and the optical drive seems to be dead. Can someone give me a link to a compatible Optical Drive that I can purchase?
I'm not sure how to find out what type it needs (or what types there are).

Thanks for any help
 

Answer:Need new laptop optical drive

I'm sorry, I don't understand? Please help me find a replacement drive as I cant even read discs on my laptop (or boot any from BIOS).
 

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My friend needs needs to install softwares and games in his new laptop, which is a hp elitebook (windows 10) and doesn't have a cd drive. But his old laptop (windows 7 or 8) does. Is there any way, the apps and games can be installed from the optical drives of old laptop to the new one?

(don't have a lan cable)

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I want to install a second hard drive into my Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop's optical drive bay. I understand that this will require an adaptor caddy, as well as the additional HDD.
But I'm not sure whether just any optical drive bay caddy and any 2.5in HDD will do. The optical drive is a Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8D1.
Can anyone please advise me on how to ensure that I get a caddy which will fit the bay (and an HDD that will fit the caddy)?
Many thanks for any advice.

Answer:Replacing my laptop's optical drive with a second HDD

Best to specify your model. I'm not sure how many adapter variants there are.
click here
Decide on any 2.5" HDD you fancy but check the thickness (Google the model no. if advert doesn't specify)
A thin 7mm drive may need a spacer or a thick one may foul something.
Just in case. Thickness is usually a problem in the main body of laptops. Optical adapters may take the 3 main sizes without problem.

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I need a laptop, smaller than 13" and weighing a few pounds or less, WITH an optical drive, that plays DVD's.  So please let me know the SMALLEST laptop u have that has an optical drive.  It seems this is like impossible to find, and I would really hate to look at Dell and HP because they are horrible companies.  Thank you.

Answer:Need Smallest Laptop WITH Optical Drive

How about something from the Thinkpad x61 series? It has no optical drive inbuilt, but you can use a docking station with an Ultrabay Slim. This allows even an additional harddisk or battery. The docking station also provides serial and parallel ports, nearly impossible to find on modern laptops.Technical data -- Core 2 Duo 1.6 Hz- up to 8 GB RAM- even 12,5 mm harddrives fit- display size 12,1", 4:3 format- typical 1024x768, SXGA+ display with 1400x1050 available- PCMCIA/Cardbus slot- SD card slot- 2x Mini-PCIe internalThere is also a tablet version available which uses a Wacom pressure-sensitive stylus (256 steps of pressure), great for artists or paperless writing. There's also a combinated display with multitouch + Wacom pen available, but only in 1024x768 resolution.Fully tested operation systems are Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8 64 bit and Ubuntu 12 64 bit - all have support for the Wacom screen. Partially working are AROS (no sound or 3D graphics), Android-x86 (no WLAN), OSx86 10.6 or 10.7 (graphics not 100%). AROS and OSx86 also need a certified WLAN card with Atheros 5000 chipset.I'm very pleased with my x61 tablet, especcially the high resolution of 1400x1050 is great. It's also useful that 12,5 mm drives fit (with a trick), maybe a supplier will produce notebook drives with a higher capacity with this height. It is also possible to use SCSI with an Adaptec 1480 series PCMCIA adapter, but it'll work only on 32bit-Windows versions. Recomm... Read more

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I'm having issues with my internal optical drive on my g50-80 laptop.I need a replacement one but I don't know what optical drives are compatible with my laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Mods: I tried searching for a thread about this, but the system rejects small words and common words so that failed. I did my part there so on with my question.

My Toshiba Portege 3490CT has no optical drive built in and though I can get a "docking station", this is the only thing I would use it for.

I tried running a base XP Pro install with the drive in a Tecra 8200, but it would BSOD during boot, even in safe mode. Likely XP Pro locks itself to a particular system because it was the NT kernel that asploded.

What I do have: 2.5" to 3.5" interface adapter

I can put the laptop drive in my desktop but that's it. No floppy, nothing.

I found a technique involving reformat of the drive with FAT32, install of DOS 7.10, copying of everything from the i386 directory of the XP disc and jumping through hoops but is there an easier way?
 

Answer:need help installing XP Pro on laptop with no optical drive

I can think of two ways:. Either run an installation of XP from a USB flash drive by copying all the files to the drive, making it bootable and enabling smartdrive, then run the winnt command to do a DOS-mode installation. This will be slow though.

You could also try an installation from the Tecra using the hard drive of the Portege, Sysprep it, and then replace it in the Portege to run. The sysprep, if executed properly should eliminate the BSOD issue (which was probably an 0x7B error due to incompatible mass storage controllers). You will need the i386 folder, a copy of the System Deployment Tools (which should be in the TOOLS folder of an XP Pro CD, in the DEPLOY.CAB) and all the necessary drivers for the Portege. The Setup Manager (setupmgr.exe) will help you make a Sysprep.inf file. Use the below link as a reference to Sysprep.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302577&sd=tech

In the Sysprep.inf file, to help eliminate any BSODs due to incompatible mass storage controllers, you'll want to specify a:

[Sysprep]
BuildSysprepMassStorage
[SysprepMassStorage]
PCI\VEN_10B9&DEV_5215=c:\windows\inf\mshdc.inf
As a note the PCI\VEN etc...is asking for:
"PCI\Vendor Device Instance ID = %systemroot%\%directory%\driver.inf" where driver.inf is the driver for the particular piece of hardware. Usually the chipset maker will have drivers for the mass storage controller if needed in their chipset installation package, or the microsoft gen... Read more

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Is it possible to replace optical drive with 2nd HDD (ssd)? Laptop Model# 15-ay013nr Any help would be great! Drive enclousure sizes, directions, suggestions, etc... Thanks

Answer:Is it possible to replace optical drive on laptop with 2nd H...

See p. 39 of the Manual here: Manual It is very very easy to remove the DVD drive. It is allowed for end users to do and keep the warranty. You need a 9.5 mm thick optical bay hard drive adapter: https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/ Some things you need to know. The interface will be slower. It will not be a bootable device so whatever you put in there is for pure storage. Get a big cheap 5400 rpm SATA hard drive. You can stream video from it but it will not be great for video editing or anything else requiring fast disk access.  But it is possible to do and easy. Let us know if you need more help.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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The optical drive on my HP ( Model # dv9628nr ) laptop isn't reading ANY discs that I put into it. I've tried updating the drivers, uninstalling and then reinstalling the drivers, putting various cds and dvds into it, and it will not read them. What happens is the disc begins to spin, the drive sounds like it's going to work, but then the disc stops spinning. The drive still sounds like it's trying to read the disc before, during and even after the disc stops spinning. I've tried manually starting up the disc by going into "my computer" but it does not work. I've tried cleaning the lens, blew some air into the drive, but still nothing.

Am I missing something? Is the drive bad and it needs to be replaced? The 1 year manufacturer's warranty has expired, so any repairs or replacements needed I would have to/rather do myself. Where is the cheapest and quickest place to buy a replacement drive for the laptop?

2 other quick items of interest. I'm running Vista. Also, a couple of weeks ago I underwent the task of ripping all my cd's onto my computers (I have 2) and this particular laptop/optical drive was extremely slow at ripping the cds (about 45 min to an hour per cd, whereas the other computer was 5 to 7 min).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:HP Laptop optical drive not working

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Not sure of my laptop model number, but the optical drive is SU-208.I found one on Amazon but it says its for Toshiba even tho its an su-208 optical drive. Is there a difference? Any place in particular I should go for a replacement?Thanks!

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Hi,I have a compaq laptop which has a faulty DVDRW.The connection is IDE,so will any make of internal laptop DVDRW fit my model ?Cheers

Answer:are all laptop optical drive sthe same ?

I would get the exact make and model of the drive (from device manager) then google for a direct replacement."The connection is IDE,so will any make of internal laptop DVDRW fit my model ?" No all current drives are sata and will not be suitable.

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I tried seraching for size in mm for my optical drive but not successfull . Is anybody aware of spec and size for Optical drive used in my model : Hp-15-be001tx. I intend to remove my optical drive and instead install Harddisk on that space so i have to order a case for this , which i can see in 2 sizes: 9.5mm and 12.7 mm. Obviously connector type also different PCI and SATA.

Answer:Optical drive size for my laptop

Hi: The service manual for your notebook, chapter 3, page 40 indicates the optical drive for all models is part # 858505-001. When you enter the part # in the box at the link below, it will give the size in mm of the drive. http://partsurfer.hp.com/search.aspx 858505-001DVD+/-RW Double-Layer SuperMulti optical drive - 9.5mm form factor - Includes bracket and bezel   

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Good morning!
Reinstalled XP to a friend's Dell Latitude D620 laptop using Dell Recovery Disc. Had to manually find drivers for just about everything - Intel chipset, graphics, audio, wired and wireless, etc. Device Mgr. shows no question marks now.

However, the internal Philips SCB5265 optical drive shows up as a removable USB device. The little "Safely Remove Hardware" icon is always on in the lower right corner of Desktop. The drive appears to be functioning OK - any disc I pop into the drive comes up as one would expect - but it's going to be confusing to the users.

Googled around a bit - tried Microsoft Fixit utility but that didn't do anything.

Answer:Laptop optical drive shows up as USB?

Hi have you tried uninstalling it from device manager and rebooting windows will install it again

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Often, depending on the DVD it seems, when I pop one into my laptop I hear a loud whirring like vibration humming noise coming from the optical drive as the DVD is spinning. The sound generally seems to speed up (get louder) and then slow down (get softer) as I'm doing things such as switching to various menu places on the DVD. The DVDs that cause this sound play through okay, but obviously there shouldn't be this loud sound I describe coming from the drive. And these are commercially produced factory quality DVDs, not irregular in any particular way. These DVDs are ones I borrow from a friend, not sure if it something caused by some player he's previously played them on or what. Most other DVD's, also borrowed from him, play fine with absolutely quiet operation from the drive, it's sort of random whether the noise will happen or not.
I found the following info online, but don't really know if this could be causing the issue:
Rotational vibration. Some discs are less balanced and cause more wobbling and vibrations, which in turn, lead to more noise. The imbalance of discs is random and uncontrollable. However, some drives seem to deal better with imbalanced discs because of clamping / damping mechanisms.
Any comments appreciated.
 

Answer:laptop optical drive noise

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I need to change my optical drive (cdrw/dvdrom combo drive), and I found someone selling these dvd writers. How do I know if it's compatible with my laptop?

DVD writer - http://www.panasonic-industrial.com/servlet/PB/menu/1115209_l2/index.html
Laptop - http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/Toshiba_Satellite_1130_S155/4505-3121_16-21063537.html

Thank you very much.
 

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I got this x-fi xtreme gamer card from ebay. I was going to use the Boston Acoustics BA735 digital speakers on it but couldn't get it working. The audio console had the digital I/O option grayed out. The socket I plugged in the speakers was actually an 'optical' socket. Is there something different about this socket?
 

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hello dear all for the guru.............
i have (my friend have) notebook acer aspire 2930..
get problem about optical drive .. why that's can't open if i press..
why?
I've restored them back to who knows it was not caused by a virus
result still.... the led lights just flicker and then die

what should I do but buy a new cd-rom

Answer:OPTICAL DRIVE laptop cann't opened

  
Quote: Originally Posted by kutujenggot


can't open if i press


Is there a very small hole on the front of the CD drive?

You may be able to force it open by inserting a wire (paper clip) into that hole.

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I just put in a new optical drive so I could burn my cd's on my laptop (Dell) - Windows XP. The old optical drive was not working anymore.

Anyway when I inserted it into the laptop normally a pop-up will appear saying the computer recognized new hardware. This did not happen. When I went to open My Computer and search for the Drive C - it was not there.

The drive does open up and I put in a Music CD and when I try to open it - it says there is nothing on the CD.

Can anyone help me please?
 

Answer:Laptop Computer won't recognize a new optical CD/RW drive

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I cant get this windows Cd to boot from my optical drive. I went into the bios made sure the boot order was fine. Then that didnt work. Then I tried disabling the hard drive to isolate the problem and that just produced the same result. When I try to boot from CD it just says "please insert bootable media or check settings in bios"...i paraphrased that. I know this Windows CD works because I tested it in my desktop.

I even took apart notebook and reseated everything, checked connections and all was fine. Went back together just fine and still the computer wont boot from a CD and the hard drive isnt working because my cousin deleted some important windows files somehow so I need to boot from original Windows CD to restore O/S.

Please help, thanks!
 

Answer:Cant boot Windows XP Pro CD from Laptop optical drive

on the boot order page in the bios was the optical enabled?
 

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I have a CD/DVD/Blu-ray player that I pulled from my old laptop so I could use it in my current laptop which does not have an optical drive. I purchased a SATA cable to connect it to my new laptop via USB, but most times I plug it in, it does not work. By this I mean, I got it to burn audio files on a DVD-R (thought it was a CD-R), but have not got it to work since then, with DVDs or CDs (behaves the same). It does show up as drive (D:), but when I click on it, it does not do anything.

It consistently freezes Windows Media Player on startup of the program, and causes PowerISO to freeze upon selecting "Burn". When I go to Disk Management, it just perpetually reads loading virtual drives or something

All I am trying to do is burn my grandpa a CD of MP3s from an album I bought (Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits). Any help is much appreciated, please let me know if you need more information.

Here is what I know about the player:
It?s from a Toshiba laptop, I don't remember what model. The player model on the sticker says ?UJ141?, and it says the power supply is ?DC5V?, if that could be the issue

Here is the SATA cable I purchased:
Amazon.com: USB 2.0 to 7+6 13 Pin Slimline Slim SATA II Laptop CD/DVD Drive Adapter Cable: Computers Accessories

Answer:External Optical Drive from Old Laptop Not Working

Do you have that 5vDC power connected ?

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So I have an Alienware Sentia m3200. My brother broke the CD part of the laser assembly. I guess I must replace this.

I was looking around the almighty net and although DVDRW drives are listed as different for different laptops they are very often the exact same size and use the exact same IDE connection.

Can I buy any DVDRW drive that is left-mounted, IDE 50, slim and replace the drive cover with my Sentia's?
 

Answer:Parameters for replacing a laptop optical drive?

I don't see why not.
 

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I have a CD/DVD/Blu-ray player that I pulled from my old laptop so I could use it in my current laptop which does not have an optical drive. I purchased a SATA cable to connect it to my new laptop via USB, but most times I plug it in, it does not work. By this I mean, I got it to burn audio files on a DVD-R (thought it was a CD-R), but have not got it to work since then, with DVDs or CDs (behaves the same). It does show up as drive (D:), but when I click on it, it does not do anything.

It consistently freezes Windows Media Player on startup of the program, and causes PowerISO to freeze upon selecting "Burn". When I go to Disk Management, it just perpetually reads loading virtual drives or something

All I am trying to do is burn my grandpa a CD of MP3s from an album I bought (Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits). Any help is much appreciated, please let me know if you need more information.

Here is what I know about the player:
It?s from a Toshiba laptop, I don't remember what model. The player model on the sticker says ?UJ141?, and it says the power supply is ?DC5V?, if that could be the issue

Here is the SATA cable I purchased:
Amazon.com: USB 2.0 to 7+6 13 Pin Slimline Slim SATA II Laptop CD/DVD Drive Adapter Cable: Computers Accessories

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DVD shows in device manager but does not show in file manager. It shows in dvd player app but gives message that there is no disk loaded.
Worked in Win 8.1 but no work in Win 10.

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I recently purchased a Acer ES1-512-P84G laptop and found it doesn't have an optical drive. Can I install one? What parts would I need to purchase? Are they available through your website? Thanks!

Answer:Acer ES1-512-P84G laptop needs optical drive

You can probably install one, but it would be a lot easier and cheaper to buy a USB optical drive.

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Hey guys, I have a little problem here. I have a small IBM 240 laptop that has no optical drive. It previously had windows 2000 on it, when I then used an external USB drive to install XP. This didn't work too well as the HDD is 6 gb and I only have around 1 GB as spare. I was wondering how can I reformat this from scratch? I would want XP on it if possible, but I just can't seem to get my external drive to appear on the boot priority list to make bootable discs well... bootable.

Also, if you know anything about the laptop, the mouse thingy (not a pad but one of those small dots that are like a mini joystick) and mouse clicks stopped working at one point. Ever since i've been using an external PS/2 mouse, but I would really like to know how to fix this little problem to make the laptop more portable.
 

Answer:Reformat small laptop w/o optical drive

Looking at the drivers for mouse and trackpoint (the little nub is called an eraserhead), I see nothing for XP.
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/DSHY-42DLNW.html#mouse_trackpoint
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/s...yind=0&operatingsystemind=49979&validate=true
That's probably the point at which it stopped working, when you installed XP.

When you go into the BIOS, what are the options for boot devices?
Without an optical drive and I assume a floppy drive and now it isn't recognizing a USB drive (you didn't specify if that was an optical or a floppy drive) the only two ways I can figure out to get to the hard drive would be to network it or to remove it and attach it to another computer.
I've never done a network install so I can't provide any help.
As far as removing it and installing XP to it from another computer is that the hardware detection would be all wrong. Maybe there is a way to turn off most detection and do a plain vanilla install. Again, this is not something I have ever done so you'll have to wait for someone who knows how to do either of these installs can can walk you through the steps.
 

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My laptop's optical drive has ceased to work recently. Fortunately, I have an internal desktop SATA drive lying around. What is the best/cheapest way to connect it to my laptop? I'm thinking of buying a USB to SATA adapter (which also comes with a power supply) and use that to connect the drive. I found one here: http://goo.gl/ObLBfUand it seems like it's only compatible with 2.5"/3.5" HDD, but I don't see why it shouldn't work with a 5.25" Optical Drive (since the connections are the same). Will it work? if not, what is the best solution?

Answer:Laptop Optical Drive not working, need help with a solution

It will work on almost anything. The optical drive can take a bit more power, but not enough to make a difference. I have used adapters like that and they do work.  The bad part is that you don't have an enclosure, so it is awkward to move  around. Go ahead and try nit, it's  the quick and easy fix to hour problem. Just not very neat.

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OK... Here's the situation.

Today, I went onto ebay to find a replacement for my broken slot loading optical drive, and found several with the same model number as mine. One was priced quite low, but the connecting cable differed from mine (most pictured had no cable at all), and I inquired as to whether the cable was removable and could be swapped with my cable. Instead of answering my question, the response was, "This drive WILL NOT work with your laptop."

I do not wish to take my laptop apart needlessly and risk damage (since it is very difficult to get to the drive in my computer), so I'm hoping to get input as to what to look for when replacing the drive. I have a Dell Vostro 2510 laptop with an IDE Sony Optiarc slot-loading optical drive, model number AD-7640A. I didn't look closely to the back of my drive when I removed it, but there is a ribbon cable attached that slides into a connector that latches and holds it in place. Does anyone know if this ribbon cable is likely just plugged into the back of the optical drive, and if all such cables would be? Or do manufacturers ever permanently affix them? So, if I buy a "bare drive" or one with other cable, I could simply remove my cable and attach it to a replacement?

Some Ebay listings:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230688482169

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110802758624

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230720191575

Thanks so much!
 

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can anyone help! the optical drive on my laptop is not working.up to a few days ago it was working fine i was ripping music into windows media player as normal everything hunky dory,then i decided to copy some files on to a DVD R disc(music photos that sort of thing).this happened no problem,, then i removed the disk, and put it back in to the drive, and the drive started up then it stopped, so i took the disc out again and put it back in, and now it won`t work at all with any disc`s i want to play,it just makes a noise for a few seconds and then nothing.ive tryed everthing i can think of such as unistall then reunstall drivers but nothing,also drivers are up to date,but when i click on properties it says used space full(DVD RW DRIVE (E)).help!! iam on vista basic

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I bought a dell 15 5000 5559 laptop but found out the optical drive doesn't seem to recognize discs like dvds or games . Does anyone know a way to fix this?

Answer:optical drive on laptop not recognising discs

Has it been recently updated to Windows 10?

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Hey guys. I have a Toshiba Dynabook A2 here which lost its interal CDR/W-DVD drive a couple weeks back. I ordered a new one (the nice SD-R2412) online and realized it's gonna be a little bit harder to install than I thought. The laptop is a Japanese model from a about a year ago, and is obviously a DynaBook because it's written across the back of the LCD, but the model name shows Satellite 2801 Series (see this image), a series that doesn't come up on the Toshiba site, Japanese or English. Anyway, I suppose it is related to the 1800 series or 1805 series (US) in design. So I know what notebook this is, but how do I get in the bloody thing? The image above shows all the screws on the system except for the 2 hiding under stickers on the front left and right of the display. I tried removing all of these and I still couldn't separate the top from the bottom, which was being held together by something in the area of the keyboard. I know some laptops open by removing screws located in the keyboard, so I tried to remove a suspicious area of the keyboard, but there was nothing under there.

Like all the dumbass laptop companies, Toshiba does not consider the machine user servicable, but I don't feel like paying more than I did for the drive for a porky technician to flip out the drives in 10 minutes. People on other boards recommend buying a service manual or CD from ebay or something, which just means more $$$ and more waiting. Does anybody have any experien... Read more

Answer:Optical drive meets Toshiba laptop

Nobody's gonna take a crack at this?
 

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I'll try to be brief.
1st, I didn't see a topic dealing exactly with my problem. So here goes.
I bought an Inspiron 15 laptop w/o an OS, and the optical drive didn't work. The seller made me aware of this and said I needed to buy an external optical drive to install Vista. He gave me the Vista install/repair disk (and the drivers disk).
While I was waiting for the optical drive to be delivered I loaded Ubuntu from a disk I had made. Don't ask me why the Linux disk would work using the internal drive but the Vista disk won't. Baffling.
So I recieved a new external optical drive and went to work on installing Vista over the Linux OS. I erased the Linux 1st. Then tried to install Vista, but no matter what I did (changing the boot order etc) the laptop doesn't "find" or "see"an OS to install. In other words I can't boot it up with the Vista OS disk using the external drive.
I can provide any details you may need. Fortunately I also have a desktop computer to work from.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Laptop doesn't recognize external optical drive...

Things to check;
1. The Vista install disk is almost certainly a DVD disk.
2. The Linux disk is probably just an ordinary CD (you would know).
3. Modern ODDs have 2 lasers, one for DVD and one for CD.
4. It's possible for the DVD laser to fail, but the CD laser will work fine. This explains why the Linux CD would load, but the Vista disk won't.
5. So, since the internal ODD loaded the Linux disk, but not the Vista disk, then the DVD laser has failed on the internal ODD. If you replace the internal ODD with a new one, you should be good-to-go.
 
Now, regarding the external drive;
1. Is it a DVD drive? If not, it needs to be.
2. Is it externally powered, or does it get it's power from the USB port? It needs to be externally powered, because USB power is notoriously finicky for heavy load operations.
 
To summarize... the ODDs need to be DVD capable to load a Vista disk.

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Hello All,Could anyone please be able to say me exact specifictaion of CD/DVD drive which is there in lenov o laptop model 500-15ISK Laptop (ideapad)? Have read all documentation but not getting exact details like Model No of CD /DVD drive; length etcReason: Would like to buy second HDD caddy to replace optical drive. Kindly reply.

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Hello, my ThinkPad X301 2774-LFG doesn't recognize the optical drive! Can anyone help me??? Informations about the ThinkPad 1.) Newest BIOS is installed (1.02 (6EET21WW) 2008-10-09) 2.) BIOS-Option  Security->I/O Port Access-> Optical Drive  is ENABLED 3.) Laptop starts fast without Drive and very slow with Drive in Bay 4.) No Drive in 'Boot Device List' when Drive is installed 5.) all other BIOS-values standard too 6.) No drive recognition in Vista (ultimate 32bit) 7.) PC Doctor show no defects 8.) Lenovo sent new drive, but it's all the same Is the board defective or are there still other possible reasons for this problem??? RegardsVolker  













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Answer:[X301] Laptop doesn't recognize optical drive! Help!

Hello Volker, welcome to Lenovo forums! Unfortunately it seems you have already tried everything to force it to work.If itīs not recognised in bios, I would suggest to call support. You might try a Linux live CD, but thereīs no really hopeand you already know it too, as an experienced ThinkPad user, I think.    

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Recently I sent my Sony Vaio PCG-FXA36 laptop off to be repaired under warranty through best buy. My hard drive was making loud clicking sounds every so often, loud enough to make me jump when I was typing a paper late at night. Also the combo drive was not reading dvd-r's and when I would try and play an audio cd or a DVD the sound would be stuttery and kind of digitized. So I finally caved and sent it off to get it repaired, knowing that it was going to take like three weeks to get the drives replaced.
I finally got it back and I was a happy camper because they had replaced the 20gig HD with a new 30gig Samsung spinpoint which is extremely quiet and, well, 10gig's bigger. Also it had a new combo drive. When I got it back there was absolutely nothing on the HD and I ran the system restore disks. When the computer shipped it had two partitions, I took this opportunity to set it up with only one. About a day after I had it all set up and had installed stuff like McAffe, Word, and Zone Alarm it started to freeze completely at start up. I ran the system restore again, and now my combo drive is not showing up in My Computer about 70% of the times I turn it on. I tried putting in a bootable disk and it started from the disk about half the time. Even when it is not showing up in windows the drive has power. All the guys a best buy are saying is they are going to send it off for 2-3 weeks again. Any thoughts on simple fixes, or other suggestions?

Also: the combo drive is phy... Read more

Answer:Dissapearing optical drive on Vaio laptop & Best Buy's ineptitude

unfortunalty, you are kind of stuck on this. the only real option here is to open the case and then find the missing screw that Sony forgot to put back in. at least that is what I'm suspecting. Problem is, as soon as you open the case, you are in violation of the warrenty terms for the machine. I do that stuff all the time and am certified by IBM and Dell so it's ok for me, but unless you feel ok with it and don't damage anything while your doing it, I would just say to take it back to them... Explain that this is not something you are going to wait 2/3 weeks for and that you want it done yesterday. This came back with a problem that wan't there before, so they broke something in prossess. it's their (sony) responsibility to get it back without a problem after sending it in to fix one.

my thoughts on it...

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Can anyone tell me which type of interface is on my optical drive for my IBM T41. The FRU part number is 92p6579. I've just bought an adapter which will connect all hard drives and desktop optical drives to USB but there no connector for laptop optical drives.
I don't know if it's some sort of proprietary interface.

Cheers, Mark.
 

Answer:Solved: Which optical drive interface type on IBM T41 laptop?

You can get an slim Atapi adapter to standard IDE like this: http://www.xpcgear.com/slimodtoide.html or http://www.addonics.com/products/io/adsatapisa.asp
 

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I have run into a situation where a Thinkpad X220 laptop is docked and the video, usb, etc. ports all work normally, but the optical drive is not powered on or detected (at BIOS or in Windows). I docked a different X220 laptop on the same dock (with the same optical drive) and not only do all the ports work fine, but the optical drive is powered and detected normally as well. I have used canned air on the dock port of the laptop to no avail. Is there anything I can do other than have the laptop replaced?

Answer:Thinkpad X220 Laptop not detecting dock's optical drive

Made sure everything is updated?





______________________________________________________Owner of: ThinkPad SL510, X131e, X230 (not fond of)Other systems: MSI GT640, Sony Vaio PCG 709K, Dell Latitude D430,

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I ordered my Lenovo Z50-70 Laptop from their website but I realized that there is no eject button on what appears to be the optical/disk drive. Is there a way to open it since there is no eject button.













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Answer:Lenovo Z50-70 Laptop does ot have the eject button on disk/optical drive

AsuGruv wrote:I ordered my Lenovo Z50-70 Laptop from their website but I realized that there is no eject button on what appears to be the optical/disk drive. Is there a way to open it since there is no eject button.There should be a flushed button to eject. You can also open file explorer and click "This PC" to see the DVD ROM drive. Right click it and select "eject".

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Suddenlymy Optical drive not showing in my  System .no traces in  Device manager.did component diagnostics showing optical drive not connected. please help.

Answer:Suddenly I couldn't find my Optical drive in my Laptop.Syste...

Hi,Manual: page 31, 37, 38, 39, http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04653881You can remove optical drive and reseat the ODD connector cable from board and see it is getting detected. May be some connector got loseContact certified HP service centre of you're within warranty.RegardsVisruth

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My wife is upgrading her laptop as a requirement for her job. Her employer has suggested the Sony core i3-330UM 13.3 inch laptop for about $800-900 USD. The surprising thing is that this machine has no optical drive, according to the specs I checked at 2 different sites. Other than downloading, how does one add software to such a machine? I guess you could buy an external usb drive, but this sounds so crazy I must be missing something.
Garry DeLong
 

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I am confused about the customization page of W510. Optical device: Multi Recorder Optical Drive. Can it write/record blu-ray disc? There is no explanation or no other device to select. If it can write/record blu-ray disc then it is ok. If not then how can I add a blu-ray recorder/writer in my customization? There is no option to select such device there.

Answer:About W510 Optical device: Multi Recorder Optical Drive

The blu-ray drives have disappeared from the option screens. When I bought my T400 it was available for an extra $400 or something. No idea if it will be back.





T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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Just purchased toshiba A500-025 laptop.

When I put in certain discs in the optical drive it spins very fast and makes the laptop vibrate.

I was told that there is a toshiba utility that detects an imbalance in the disk and slows the speed of the drive but I don't know where to find this utility program.

Thanks.

Answer:Satellite A500-025 - optical drive spins very fast and makes the laptop

Hi

I think you mean the Acoustic Silencer?
As far as I can remember, such tool was available for some notebooks with preinstalled Win XP or Vista.
For example; the Acoustic Silencer was available for some of the Satellite A200 and you could download this on the Toshiba European driver page.

To be honest, it?s nothing unusual that the CD/DVD drive spins very fast for some short time? this happens to my two different notebooks.
The ODD spins very fast for some seconds after the CD has been inserted.
This happens because the windows OS searches for content placed on the disk

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