CD/DVD-RW optical drive

Laptop CD DVD optical drives

Most modern laptops are equipped with a CD/DVD-RW drive also known as an optical disc drive which allows it to read and write data from or to a CD/DVD disc. All laptop CD/DVD drives are shaped the same but they all have different face plates also know as front bezels. On the picture above you can see three different laptop CD/DVD drives with different face plates/front bezels.

When you are replacing a failed CD/DVD drive, you have to make sure that the face plate from the old drive will fit your new drive.

On the picture below you can see two different types of connectors found in modern CD/DVD optical disc drives. One drive has a SATA connector and the other one has an older slim ATAPI connector.

An optical disc drive with a SATA connector is not interchangeable with an optical disc drive with a slim ATAPI connector and vice versa. In other words, if your laptop motherboard comes with a SATA connector for the optical drive, you can only use CD/DVD drives with SATA connectors.

SATA vs slim ATAPI connector

On the next picture I compare a SATA connector used in laptop hard drives with a SATA connector used in CD/DVD drives. As you see, these two connectors are a little bit different. The data connector (right connector) is shaped similarly for both drives, but the power connector (left connector) is shaped differently.

By the way, you can connect a 2.5″ laptop SATA hard drive to a desktop computer using same cables as you use for a regular 3.5″ desktop hard drive.

In order to connect a Slimline SATA optical CD/DVD drive to a desktop computer, you’ll have to purchase the Slimline SATA Cable.

Hard drive SATA vs optical drive SATA connector

If you are replacing the CD/DVD disc drive in your laptop with a new one, make sure your new drive is compatible with the laptop. The best way to find a new optical disc drive is searching by the manufacturer’s part number found on the old drive.

When you install an optical drive which is not compatible with your laptop, it will not be recognized by the BIOS or you’ll get an IDE #1 ERROR on start up.

IDE 1 error

HOW TO REMOVE CD/DVD DISC DRIVE

In most laptops, the CD/DVD disc drive is secured by one or two screws on the bottom of the laptops. Remove these screws and pull the optical disc drive from the laptop.

Removing CD DVD drive from laptop

On some other models, the optical drive is secured by one or two screws located under the keyboard. If that’s the case, you’ll have to remove the keyboard first. After that remove those screws and pull the drive from the laptop.

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91 comments on “CD/DVD-RW optical drive
  1. Alina says:

    My CD-DVD drive fails in a very strange way. It was working fine for about 2 years but lately it has trouble reading some DVD discs and it’s getting worse. When I put a DVD disc inside, the drive starts making noises like trying to read it but it cannot. Sometimes it reads fine but on some occasion it will not read the DVD disc at all. The strange thing is that I have no problems with CDs. They all work 100% perfect. Do you think my laptop is getting old or what?

  2. Repair Man says:

    Alina,

    My CD-DVD drive fails in a very strange way. It was working fine for about 2 years but lately it has trouble reading some DVD discs and it’s getting worse. When I put a DVD disc inside, the drive starts making noises like trying to read it but it cannot. Sometimes it reads fine but on some occasion it will not read the DVD disc at all.

    It sounds like your CD/DVD optical drive is getting old and failing. I’ve seen problems like that before. The optical drives fails only with DVDs but not with CDs and that indicates a problem with the drive, not the laptop.
    I guess you’ll have to replace the CD/DVD drive.

  3. deckoff says:

    “The best way to find a new optical disc drive is searching by the manufacturer’s part number found on the old drive.”
    What do you mean?Do I have to search for exactly the same drive?What do you mean by manufacturer’s part number, can you show with a picture.
    My phillips sdvd8431 failed , and I want to replace it, but I can’t find a compatible device
    thanx for the article , I’ve been searching for this info for 2 days

  4. Repair Man says:

    deckoff,

    What do you mean? Do I have to search for exactly the same drive? What do you mean by manufacturer’s part number, can you show with a picture.

    You’ll have to remove the DVD drive from the laptop and search for any stickers with numbers. One of the number could be the manufacturer’s part number. Google it.
    If you cannot find the part number, find the drive model number and google it.

  5. lwebuga says:

    Hi repairman,
    My drive doesn’t read CD’s it also some times fail to read some DVD’s.
    What should i do?

  6. Repair Man says:

    lwebuga,

    My drive doesn’t read CD’s it also some times fail to read some DVD’s.

    If the drive can read some DVDs but not CDs, it’s a problem with the drive. There is not much you can do to fix it. You’ll have to replace the drive.

  7. Tim says:

    I’m trying to install a laptop SATA DVD drive in a new mini ITX system, but I cannot locate a power cord/adapter. Are you aware of where one may be able to be found?

    Thanks,
    Tim

  8. Repair Man says:

    Tim,

    I’m trying to install a laptop SATA DVD drive in a new mini ITX system, but I cannot locate a power cord/adapter.

    Check out ebay. They have a bunch of SATA cables, a few pages of listings. They sell Slimline SATA Cables for Slim Drives. I found a few of them on the second page for about $5.

  9. SS says:

    i have the same ? as the guy above me? im installing a mini itx system in my car and i need the power adapter what is it called? so i can do a search for it? is there a adapter that connects a regural Sata power to the small power adapter on my sata dvd drive

  10. PAUL ANDERSON says:

    WHERE CAN I FIND A SITE THAT STOCKS THE INTERNAL POWER SUPPLY UNIT INSIDE OF A LAPTOP COMPUTER?

  11. Repair Man says:

    Paul Anderson,

    WHERE CAN I FIND A SITE THAT STOCKS THE INTERNAL POWER SUPPLY UNIT INSIDE OF A LAPTOP COMPUTER?

    Sorry, but I don’t understand your question. Which power supply you are looking for? Are you asking about the main battery, CMOS battery or what?

  12. Missy says:

    My drive only reads cd’s with software data eg. wordperfect but will not read DVD’s or audio cd’s or cd’s with video files. What do i do?

  13. Repair Man says:

    Missy,

    My drive only reads cd’s with software data eg. wordperfect but will not read DVD’s or audio cd’s or cd’s with video files.

    The drive will not read DVDs and audio CDs at all?
    Try the following.
    1. Insert a DVD or audio CD into the drive.
    2. Go to My Computer, right click on the CD/DVD drive and then click on Explore.

    Can you see any data on DVD/audio CD this way? If not, probably you have a bad CD/DVD drive and it has to be replaced.

  14. Yousaf M. Shaikh says:

    Each laptop has a little black (sometimes brown) little circular piece that sits in the middle of the optical drive, so that when you place a CD or a DVD into the drive the media will snap securely into place. I’d like to know what the name of that piece is and if it’s available to order online.

  15. Amanda says:

    Hi!
    my fujitsu lifebook optic drive is not working :[ it does not stay closed, and its impossible to find a replacement part! i even went to frys to ask if they could replace it for me and it would be around $450-$500 which is wayyy tooo much! eventhough i thought the trip to frys was worthless, i found out that a very important piece needed to close the drive was broken/cracked, do you think i can get a similar optic drive from fujitsu and remove the part that i need? or is that more on the impossible side?
    THANKS!

  16. Repair Man says:

    Amanda,

    my fujitsu lifebook optic drive is not working :[ it does not stay closed, and its impossible to find a replacement part! i even went to frys to ask if they could replace it for me and it would be around $450-$500 which is wayyy tooo much!

    Do you know how to remove the drive from the laptop? You can search for the part number on the drive and then google it to find a replacement.

    i found out that a very important piece needed to close the drive was broken/cracked, do you think i can get a similar optic drive from fujitsu and remove the part that i need?

    I guess it’s possible but all drives are different.

    Here’s my suggestion. If you cannot find a replacement drive for your laptop, buy a portable external USB drive. You simply plug it into the USB port and it’s ready to go. Of course, you’ll have to block the door in the existing drive somehow to prevent it from opening.

  17. LM says:

    What if the drive can’t read just a certain disc? I’ve played lots of movies, lots of CDs, but there’s one single disk that I can’t play. It’s a Karaoke DVD (music + lyrics, DVD 5 format, zone 0) I tried to play on my laptop.
    Do you know what’s going on?? Is it a drive problem or not??

  18. Repair Man says:

    LM,

    What if the drive can’t read just a certain disc? I’ve played lots of movies, lots of CDs, but there’s one single disk that I can’t play. It’s a Karaoke DVD (music + lyrics, DVD 5 format, zone 0) I tried to play on my laptop.
    Do you know what’s going on?? Is it a drive problem or not??

    I really doubt that your problem is related to the drive. Most likely the problem is related to the DVD disc.
    Why did you mention zone 0? Is this DVD from a foreign country? Maybe your DVD drive is locked for one country and because of that you cannot play the disc?
    On a brand new DVD drive you can change the region up to 5 times and after that it gets locked on the last region you set.

  19. LM says:

    Well, I live in Southamerica. In my country, we use zone 4 (and that’s the setted zone for my dvd drive); normally zone 0 can be played “universally”: my little sister can enjoy the karaoke disc with a normal dvd player. The disk can be read even by my old PC’s DVD drive, but it seems impossible for the drive on my laptop.
    I’m sure i’m not gonna die, and I won’t suffer too much by this issue, but it seems really strange to me (especially when there’s no zone 0 as an option to set on the laptop dvd drive).
    Thanks for your time.

  20. Mohamad says:

    Hi,I have some problems when I read some dvd disks on my laptop, the same disk run normally in my friends’s laptop, even my laptop still new, the problem is ,in some sectors, the drive stop reading and make the laptop without responding, this didn’t happen with all disks.What do you think the problem is?.
    Thanks for your help.

  21. Repair Man says:

    Mohamad,

    I have some problems when I read some dvd disks on my laptop, the same disk run normally in my friends’s laptop, even my laptop still new, the problem is ,in some sectors, the drive stop reading and make the laptop without responding, this didn’t happen with all disks.What do you think the problem is?

    Not sure what’s going on. If the same disc works fine in another drive, most likely the problem is related to your drive. Either the drive is failing or maybe it is some kind of compatibility issue between the disc and drive. Is it a factory made DVD disc or home made DVD disc? I know that some DVD drives might have trouble reading discs burned in a different drive.
    Just in case try cleaning the laser lens inside the drive with a cotton swab socked in alcohol.

  22. ricky says:

    Hi Repair Man,
    Hope you can help me with a question. I have a laptop that i’d like to remove the dvd drive and replace it with a 2.5 hard drive so i can have 2 hdd installed.
    The laptop dvd drive has the slim atapi connector you show and the 2.5 hdd will be a sata drive.
    I’ve checked and there’s plenty of space for the hdd, but i can’t find anywhere a converter and cable to connect the sata drive to the atapi port.
    I was thinking even if I could get a cable that changes the slim atapi to a regular ide interface and then pick up an ide to sata converter – as those converters are easy to find.

    What do you think – any way at all to do what i’m trying?

  23. Repair Man says:

    ricky,

    I was thinking even if I could get a cable that changes the slim atapi to a regular ide interface

    I really doubt that you can find connector like that.

  24. Adrian is 17 says:

    Repair Man Says:
    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 am

    ricky,

    I was thinking even if I could get a cable that changes the slim atapi to a regular ide interface

    I really doubt that you can find connector like that.

    Here you go –

    http://www.directron.com/cddvdadapter.html?gsear=1

  25. Repair Man says:

    Adrian is 17,
    This is a good adapter, but… Using this adapter you CAN connect a laptop CD/DVD drive to a desktop computer. This adapter will fit perfectly into the IDE cable.
    You CANNOT use this adapter for connecting a 2.5″ IDE hard drive into the Slim ATAPI connector in a laptop.

  26. Cindy says:

    I have an ASUS EEE PC laptop and the instructions call for an external optical drive to use the support dvd. I don’t have one. Can I just use a regular hard drive from my home computer?

  27. Repair Man says:

    Cindy,

    I have an ASUS EEE PC laptop and the instructions call for an external optical drive to use the support dvd. I don’t have one. Can I just use a regular hard drive from my home computer?

    Do you mean a regular OPTICAL DRIVE from your home computer? I guess using a regular optical drive is possible but it’s way too much trouble.
    1. You’ll have to remove the optical drive from your desktop.
    2. You’ll have to find an external USB enclosure where you can stick the optical drive.
    3. The laptop might not recognize this drive when you plug it in.

    I don’t know what you are trying to do but if you have to reinstall the OS, it’s better to use an external optical drive suggested by Asus.

  28. Yousaf M. Shaikh says:

    Can nobody help me? I asked a question last month, but nobody replied. I’m desperately hoping that somebody out there knows the answer to my question (see below for copy and paste):

    Each laptop has a little black (sometimes brown) little circular piece that sits in the middle of the optical drive, so that when you place a CD or a DVD into the drive the media will snap securely into place. I’d like to know what the name of that piece is and if it’s available to order online.

  29. Repair Man says:

    Yousaf M. Shaikh,

    Each laptop has a little black (sometimes brown) little circular piece that sits in the middle of the optical drive, so that when you place a CD or a DVD into the drive the media will snap securely into place. I’d like to know what the name of that piece is and if it’s available to order online.

    This piece comes as a part of the optical drive. I really doubt that you can buy it separately. If I find where to buy it I’ll let you know.

  30. Feco says:

    Hi, I have a Sony crx800e dvd-rom, i don’t know exactly what connector has it.

  31. arun says:

    am having a trouble with my dvd disc drive.when i writ somethin it shows an error code “0xeb020b88″.its casued due to dust in the lens.can you tell how to clean it .i tried a lens cleaner but the drive not responding to that dvd.

  32. Repair Man says:

    arun,

    am having a trouble with my dvd disc drive.when i writ somethin it shows an error code “0xeb020b88″.its casued due to dust in the lens.can you tell how to clean it.

    When you open the drive you’ll find the lens inside. You can clean the lens with a cotton swab soaked in 99% alcohol.

  33. Repair Man says:

    Feco,

    I have a Sony crx800e dvd-rom, i don’t know exactly what connector has it. I made 2 pictures, and uploaded it, can someone tell me, is this a slim IDE or what?

    It’s hard to tell because sometimes Sony uses proprietary connectors.
    Also, it’s possible that there is a connector board inside the CD/DVD drive case and on your picture we see connector on that board.

  34. Ximon says:

    Hi I have a laptop and the DVDrw drive has failed. the drive is made by pioneer and is a DVR-K12DB. I can’t find a replacement drive anywhere so I thought I would try the closest match and got a second hand DVR-K12D (manufactured one month before my old one) It does not appear in the BIOS however but there is power getting to it as it opens and closes and the lights flash on it. Any ideas as to why it won’t work or how to find a compatible drive that will work?

  35. Repair Man says:

    Ximon,

    I have a laptop and the DVDrw drive has failed. the drive is made by pioneer and is a DVR-K12DB. I can’t find a replacement drive anywhere so I thought I would try the closest match and got a second hand DVR-K12D (manufactured one month before my old one) It does not appear in the BIOS however but there is power getting to it as it opens and closes and the lights flash on it. Any ideas as to why it won’t work or how to find a compatible drive that will work?

    1. Try reconnecting the drive. Maybe it’s not making good connection with the motherboard.
    2. Enter the BIOS setup menu and load default settings.
    3. The new DVD drive could be defective.
    4. Instead of searching for a new replacement drive by the model number, try searching by the manufacturer’s part number. Can you find any part number on the failed DVD drive? Google the part number.

  36. Mack says:

    OK… so I’m the proud owner of a Blu Ray drive with a Slim Atapi connector… I’m also the proud owner of a Dell laptop with a Slim Sata connector… umm yeah, so it would be great if these companies would get on the same page and standardize these things better but since that’s an impossible task… I just want to know if there is an adapter that takes a slim atapi connection and flips it into a slim sata connection (the power side of the slim sata is smaller than a traditional sata power connection so the sata side would need to look like the one labeled “Sata Connector” in picture 2 above). Anybody know where I could get one of those ?

  37. Colin Rees says:

    How do I clean the lens on my Dell studio lap top. The discs are inserted via a thin slot on the side of the machine with no easily seen means of removing the drive to clean the lens. Any ideas please. The machine is 13 months old

  38. Repair Man says:

    Colin Rees,

    How do I clean the lens on my Dell studio lap top. The discs are inserted via a thin slot on the side of the machine with no easily seen means of removing the drive to clean the lens. Any ideas please.

    I think you can buy a special lens cleaning CD.
    A CD with small soft brushes attached to it. Ask about cleaning CD in a local electronics store.

  39. John says:

    I recently acquired a laptop optical drive to be used in an external case as an external optical drive for a netbook. Unfortunately, that external case requires 2 (very small) screws from the back of the optical drive – that I don’t have.

    These are NOT the screws used to hold the drive inside a laptop, these are the screws that connect mounting hardware to the optical drive itself (said mounting hardware is then used by the external screws to hold the drive inside a laptop).

    These screws appear to be much smaller than standard screws and I cannot seem to find them online, anywhere. Any recommendations?

  40. Alex says:

    Hi guys,
    Is anybody know, which model of dvd-rom driver suitable for SONY Vaio VGN-FE31Z ?

    Cheers
    Alex

  41. Repair Man says:

    Alex,

    Is anybody know, which model of dvd-rom driver suitable for SONY Vaio VGN-FE31Z ?

    Remove the original DVD-Rom drive and search for a sticker with the Sony part number. Google the part number.
    If you are not sure which one is the part number, google any number you can find.

  42. Tyler says:

    This is kind of off topic, but my laptop died after about 5 years and I salvaged the DVD-RW. I was wondering if I can put that DVD-RW into the new desktop PC I am getting?

  43. stephen case says:

    i took my dvd-rw out of my laptop can i put it into my old desktop???

  44. Repair Man says:

    stephen case,

    i took my dvd-rw out of my laptop can i put it into my old desktop???

    Are you asking about an IDE (not SATA) DVD-RW drive? Are you trying to connect it to a PC with IDE channels?
    Just search on Google for SLIM-IDE-ADAPTER and you’ll find the adapter.
    This adapter will help you to connect your IDE DVD-RW drive to a regular 40-pin IDE cable in your desktop computer.

  45. cherry says:

    Hi,

    I have an old ide drive in my laptop, which is also really old (i.e. 2004). The drive is an old matsushita (a.k.a panasonic) uj-815. I think it is the ‘a’ model. It is a slot loader and when the disc goes inside, it seems to just spin and is not recognised. When it is ejected, it does not come out at all, except for a slight edge and I have to pull it out with my nails. Well, I think it is dead and would like to replace it. My laptop is a Mitac 8050d (a.k.a. Evesham, Time, Advent, Novatech, Tiny) and is still working well. If you have any recommendations for a replacement drive, I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance,

    Cherry.

  46. Repair Man says:

    cherry,

    If you have any recommendations for a replacement drive, I would really appreciate it.

    I think you’ll have to remove the drive and search for the manufacturer’s part number on the drive.
    After you find the part number, google it. Hopefully you can find a new drive this way.

    Alternatively, you can buy an external USB CD/DVD drive and use it instead of the internal drive. Of course, it’s a hassle but could be a good alternative if you don’t use your CD/DVD drive very often. Also, you can use this external drive with any other computer.

  47. Vero says:

    Hello,

    I need some help removing my CD/DVD optical drive from my laptop. I don’t know to remove it, it’s a gateaway laptop, model MX6959. Can you please help me?

    Thanks.

  48. Thyme says:

    By mistake, I recently bought a Sony Optiarc BD-5730S BD S-ATA optical burner to replace a failed Panasonic / Matshita BD-MLT UJ-220. Windows Vista Device Controller shows the existing model as a UJ-220S, which made me think it is serial ATA or SATA. In fact, it is an IDE/ATAPI or PATA. Now I have to search the aftermarket for UJ-220 drives, which seem to be available only “used” (how much?), “recertified” (by whom?), or from small vendors. I’ll take a risk on one Ebay vendor, but don’t trust the UJ-220 to last any longer than its predecessor. I’ll want to use an external (and easier to replace) burner for most Blu-ray projects.

    Which leads to my QUESTION: Is there any adapter cable to connect the Sony Optiarc BD-5730S BD S-ATA to an eSATA or USB2 port on my notebook so that it will work as an external drive? Most conversion cables I see on-line don’t have the distinctive “twin-L” shape (male or female?)of the SATA connector illustrated on this page. Does the right cable exist? Or would none work anyway because the DC power source must be split off and cannot come through the notebooks USB2 or eSATA port? Any advice appreciated.

  49. Repair Man says:

    Thyme,

    Is there any adapter cable to connect the Sony Optiarc BD-5730S BD S-ATA to an eSATA or USB2 port on my notebook so that it will work as an external drive?

    Yes, you can buy an adapter or even better external enclosure to connect your notebook SATA drive to a computer via USB.
    You can find some cables and enclosures on ebay.

  50. Repair Man says:

    Vero,

    I need some help removing my CD/DVD optical drive from my laptop. I don’t know to remove it, it’s a gateaway laptop, model MX6959. Can you please help me?

    Usually there is only one screw securing CD/DVD drive on the bottom. Remove these screw and pull the CD/DVD drive from the laptop.

  51. Tom says:

    Hello,
    I need to changed the optical drive in my sony vgn-aw230j. I have searched around a lot and I thought the drive was held in by one screw (bottom of computer), but there seems to be more to it. I pulled out the HD drives, but couldn’t see any holding screws there. I can’t seem to find a picture of this model. Thank you for any help.

  52. Tom says:

    I can’t stand to look at that typo any more. I am hoping to have changed the drive, but at this point I am simply wanting to learn how to remove it. Tom

  53. Repair Man says:

    Tom,

    I need to changed the optical drive in my sony vgn-aw230j. I have searched around a lot and I thought the drive was held in by one screw (bottom of computer), but there seems to be more to it. I pulled out the HD drives, but couldn’t see any holding screws there. I can’t seem to find a picture of this model.

    If the optical drive will not slide out after removing the screw on the bottom, it’s likely there are more screws (or one screw) securing the drive under the keyboard.

  54. Tom says:

    Thanks. It probably is attached by a screw or screws under the keyboard. I guess that was why I was looking for a (dis-assembly) picture of this model. I can’t seem to figure out how to remove the keyboard.

  55. Manoj says:

    My Compaq Laptop Presario C500. Its Combo CD Drive is not functioning, only displays the drive in “My Computer” icon.

    Kindly advice the solution to resolve the problem.

    Also advice on replacing the drive and its cost.

    Regards

    Manoj

  56. muniasamy says:

    sir
    i am using hcl laptop and in my laptop the dvd drives icon is showing in the my computer but when i inser a cd/dvd the drive is not able to read the data what may be the problem is that i want to change the drive or change the i can do any adjustment
    please reply to me sir

  57. Repair Man says:

    muniasamy,

    i am using hcl laptop and in my laptop the dvd drives icon is showing in the my computer but when i inser a cd/dvd the drive is not able to read the data what may be the problem is that i want to change the drive or change the i can do any adjustment
    please reply to me sir

    It’s hard to tell.
    Try booting the laptop from a bootable CD or DVD disc. You can use Windows installation CD, recovery disc, live Linux CD, etc…
    If the laptop will not start from a bootable CD/DVD, most likely you have a failed drive. In this case the drive has to be replaced.

  58. vasanth says:

    Am using hcl laptop..the dvd drive icon doesnt appear in my my computer screen but when i check through device manager it says my device is working properly..but i cant read any disc in that…help me to troubleshoot this problem

  59. Repair Man says:

    vasanth,

    Am using hcl laptop..the dvd drive icon doesnt appear in my my computer screen but when i check through device manager it says my device is working properly..but i cant read any disc in that…help me to troubleshoot this problem

    1. Remove DVD drive from the device manager, restart the laptop and let it re-detect the drive.
    if it doesn’t help,
    2. Fix registry entry for DVD drive: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982116

  60. vasanth says:

    can i convert my dvd drive of my hcl laptop as external drive by connectind any USB convertor to my drive after removing it from my laptop.

  61. Repair Man says:

    vasanth,

    can i convert my dvd drive of my hcl laptop as external drive by connectind any USB convertor to my drive after removing it from my laptop.

    Yes, you can. You can purchase an external USB enclosure for notebook DVD drives.
    Remove the drive, install it into the enclosure and you have an external DVD drive.
    You can buy external USB enclosures for laptop DVD drives on ebay.
    Make sure to select the right type, it’s either IDE or SATA.

  62. desktop cdrw to laptop says:

    if your laptop cd drive failed, is it possible to connect an old desktop cd drive, it is 40 prong sticking out, and the laptop is slim atapi like in picture.

  63. Repair Man says:

    if your laptop cd drive failed, is it possible to connect an old desktop cd drive, it is 40 prong sticking out, and the laptop is slim atapi like in picture.

    I don’t think you can connect the desktop drive directly to the laptop connector, but I think you can find an external USB enclosure for the desktop drive.
    You install the desktop drive into the enclosure and after that connect to the laptop USB port.

  64. Stefanescu Bogdan says:

    thx for the explaining KEEP IT UP……

  65. wan says:

    hye,

    my laptop compaq presario v300 won’t detect dvd drive neither in window or bios. is that mean i’ve got the problem with motherboard??? I’ve tried many time by remove dvd drive and replace with a new dvd drive which is can be detect in another laptop, but the result still same. lately my head feel dizzy thinking of this problem. Can someone tell me what exactly problem do i faced??

    sorry for my poor english..

  66. Repair Man says:

    wan,

    my laptop compaq presario v300 won’t detect dvd drive neither in window or bios. is that mean i’ve got the problem with motherboard??? I’ve tried many time by remove dvd drive and replace with a new dvd drive which is can be detect in another laptop, but the result still same.

    Sounds like a problem with the motherboard board to me.
    I guess you’ll have to use an external USB optical drive instead.
    Probably the laptop not worth replacing the motherboard.

  67. Dave says:

    You provide an excellent repair guide advice, but no recommendation list on where to find the spares when disaster strikes. I’m looking for a sony vaio vgn-s4xp replacement DVD writer for example. I’m sure many of your readers would welcome such a list. Best Regards.

  68. Tom Frahs says:

    I have a IBM R40 and would like to install a cd bunner the part # I have now is a 08k9645 do you know what the part # is fgor a bunner I can use thank you, Tom

  69. Repair Man says:

    Tom Frahs,

    I have a IBM R40 and would like to install a cd bunner the part # I have now is a 08k9645 do you know what the part # is fgor a bunner I can use

    I’m not sure about the part number but you can find a new replacement DVD burner for your ThinkPad R40 notebook on ebay.

  70. michael says:

    I would like to buy a new internal copact CD/DVD for laptop Pkard Bell Easy Note model:MZ35. It is ATA conector. Please, tell me how much with all cost for have in few days in Bucharest and if I do not disturb I would like to pay with cash money when it’s delivered in my hands.
    Thank you and with your permision,
    Best regards.
    Michael

  71. Roland says:

    Hi,

    Thanks in advance for help.
    So, I have 6 years old Fujitsu Siemens Laptop E8020 with a CD-RW/DVD combo drive (it can not burn DVDs). I want to buy a CD/DVD-RW drive for it. Old CD-RW/DVD drive is Teac DW-224E-CF5.
    So, I want to buy a PHILIPS SDVD8821H or SAMSUNG TS-L632 or SONY AD-7560A. All of them are DVD-RW burner with IDE/ATAPI connector, I hope ;), but I don’t know if it will fit into my laptop. The last solution is to by Teac DV-W28E – I hope this will fit and work without problems since it comes from the same manufacturer as the original one and it has ATAPI connector.

    Thanks for answer.
    Regards.

  72. Repair Man says:

    Roland,

    I want to buy a PHILIPS SDVD8821H or SAMSUNG TS-L632 or SONY AD-7560A. All of them are DVD-RW burner with IDE/ATAPI connector, I hope ;) , but I don’t know if it will fit into my laptop.

    Sorry, cannot help you with this one.
    Most likely the new DVD drive will fit physically but I’m not sure if it will work. It depends on the original DVD drive configuration (is it configured as CableSelect or Slave?).
    If the original DVD drive still works, I would suggest buying an external USB DVD drive. How often you have to burn DVDs? Probably not every day.
    Just buy an external DVD burner and use it when you need it.

  73. Roland says:

    Hi again,

    you are right about how often I need to burn one DVD. Not every day, but when you are traveling it is not so handy to care additional external DVD burner with power supply.
    I have one additional question:
    Regarding cable select or slave option. I thought that this can be easily changed with a jumper on the burner. Right or?

    Thanks again for help.
    Regards,
    Roland

  74. R.Postam says:

    i have inserted very old cd trying 2 make a copy when i eject only the half part of the cd came out..i haven’t opened my laptop yet. im just checking what ican see from outside it seems the dvd writer is clear i tried to insert another cd and it’s working i checked the place where the incident happened i can’t see the other half of the old cd..i was worrying maybe it goes to the sensitive part of the laptop..pleAse help me..ill be happy if i could hear from you..BIG thank’s! please send or post me a reply

  75. Katie says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering if you can help me. I have just borrowed a neoware laptop on which, unfortunately, I can not find an optical disk drive. I was just wondering if it was hidden or if there was anything you could reccomend for me to do.
    Many thanks.

  76. Sanoj says:

    hi i have a laptop with a cd dvd/rw. with atapi connector. it happened that my writer got faulty. and when i searched, i found out the problem too. there is a strip or say ribbon cable below the tray, it was long and it actually got stuck in b/w the tray n base n it developed crack.
    So i opened my drive fully n found out that this cable can be changed.
    now the question is where can i get this cable??? or i will have to search for another faulty writer to replace it with.

  77. AMS says:

    Hi, i’ve the DVD burner from my Sony Vaio. It stopped working after i burned the DVD, and there was some slight clicking sound when it happened, after that moment, the drive doesn’t recognise any of the optical disks. I’ve went through other sources also, read that optical calibration is necessary. So i’m looking forward to how to calibrate the potentiometers in that drive, cause there is very small spaces. For those of desktop ones its easy to calibrate while the disk is reading, but its hard to do for the laptop ones. Plz, reply soon on my query. Thanks in advance.

  78. Mike Grant says:

    Well I have a gateway p172s with a TS-T632A optical drive. It has always had trouble with recognizing blank media, I can find no new firmware nor drivers for it. It now does not see any media. Is there a good replacement for this drive, it has the slimline connector and is a slot loader.

    Thanks for any help.
    Mike Grant.

  79. Greg says:

    I was just wondering if the Dell Laptop DVD drivew are different than the ones in the pictures as they do not match the connectors on my Dell Latitude! Do you have an USB enclosure for the Dell Latitudes?

    THanks!

  80. Nick says:

    I would be very grateful if anybody could advice me how to replace DVD RW drive in Acer Aspire 3660. Can’t find anything on the internet and after checking all the screws on the bottom came to realise that none are responsible for holding unit in place. PC World employee didn’t have a clue either. Is there a way to crack this “mysterious” model as DVD RW drive is on its last legs?
    Many thanks

  81. Repair Man says:

    @ Nick,

    I would be very grateful if anybody could advice me how to replace DVD RW drive in Acer Aspire 3660. Can’t find anything on the internet and after checking all the screws on the bottom came to realise that none are responsible for holding unit in place.

    I don’t have instructions for this model, but if you cannot find correct screws on the bottom, most likely the are located under the keyboard.
    On some laptops it’s necessary to remove the keyboard in order to remove the DVD drive.

  82. Repair Man says:

    Greg,

    I was just wondering if the Dell Laptop DVD drives are different than the ones in the pictures as they do not match the connectors on my Dell Latitude!

    I cannot tell without looking at the drive you are using. Different laptop might use different DVD drives.

  83. sushant says:

    im having atapi connector dvd rom and i want to convert it to sata or usb so is it possible to convert that particular drive
    as it no more use in that particlar laptop
    waiting for the reply

  84. naveed says:

    i’ve acer aspire 5536g, DVD Drive have three points upon which a DVD can revolve. its 2 points have breaked ….. please suggest something proper

  85. Jonathan says:

    Sushant what the repair explained in this tutorial above is that you ca no-t convert a ATAPI drive to a USB or SATA drive, the only option you have is 1) find another laptop that can support this drive that would be “upgraded” if you replaced the drive the other option you have is to use this drive externally for say, a netbook- for this you will need to purchase a ATAPI to USB converter though, the good news is that it will work on a-ll ATAPI drives and would be useful again and again.

    Greg, I done Dell for 7 years, Dell uses the same size ATAPI on the older Dells that used that technology. What you’re seeing is probably the converter board Dell inserts behind the drive. If you were to take the Drive fully out of the enclosure that it’s in you’d see that The port looks just like the Slimline ATAPI port pictured above (IF it’s indeed ATAPI and not SATA)

    Nick,
    Acers are usually not difficult computers to service, I’ve rarely seen a Laptop with a tray loading cd/dvd drive that required more than 2 screws removed before it is possible to slide that drive out of the computer. All I can suggest to you without looking at the drive is to remove all the screws in the surrounding area of the optical drive and then use a straightened paper clip and release the drive lock (pop the tray open, by sticking the paper clip in the tiny hole in front)(the other way you can do it it power the computer up from the off state and press the eject button and to pop the try out before windows starts loading then quickly power off the computer ;) hehe ) once you’ve removed all the screwed from under the the laptop that are in the area of the optical drive pull the tray slightly (not hard) and see if it pulls away all in 1 piece from the computer. Good luck.

  86. sue says:

    i need a help! i have 2 laptop, one them is infected by virus badly that’s why i need to run the onekey recovery but it doesn’t have an optical drive. can i connect this affected laptop to the other one so that i can create a recovery disk? pls help. thank you.

  87. joe holland says:

    CD/DVD Rewritable Internal Drive – Replacement for Toshiba Satellite L566-S5112RD Laptop
    PSK2CU-06501U

  88. steven says:

    my sony vaio vgn – nr32l , I cannot get the disk drive to work its winows 7 and shows in the hardware list but the details are all 0 port 0 bus 0 etc, it makes a lot of nose when a disk is put inany ideas? or what other drives can I put in it 2nd hand from ebay as this model number returns no resolts, or can I just change the lazor? thanksany help welcomed

  89. greg says:

    Some HP laptops which “should” be able to “eject” the CD /optical drive (when the laptop has a ‘Mutipack 2″ feature), DO NOT allow you to remove the CD/DVD due to an internal screw that holds the CD drive into the ATAPI board connector. The screw cannot be acessed from under the kepyboard and with my NC6400 HP laptop, it seem required to compleltely remove the complete top of the laptop- A LOT OF WORK- (have to remove monitor etc)

    I thought my dirve was “stuck” and managed to tear the soft aluminum bracket on the back CD palyer, which was screwd into the mother board ( or a seperate board- i cant tell).

    Without this screw/bracket to hold the CD “tight” against the spring action of the Mutipack 2 mount, it will not make contact with the board connector. I have noticed “proper” mulitpack HP CD drives seem to have an extention on the Drives rear ATAPI connector that makes the connection “reach” the inside motherboard connector. Make sure you have the correct CD player if updating . (I was tryiing to update from CD to DVD r/w drive)

    I have a HP/compaq nc6400 Professional edition laptop. I think it used the non-removable “screwed in” CD drive in the Mulitpack 2 slot as a security feature (to prevent theft ?) I dont know- I am stumped at the factory installed method. There was NO written info anywhee about this CD drive being “screwed in place” from within the chassis. Everything I read indicated it shold have “ejected” as the spring loaded mutipack system normally allows. The ” flush” CD drive connector will not work without this INTERNAL screw t hole it tight , in place. HAd the drive a longer connector, ( or adapter of some kind) , it would work using the srping loading system as intended.

    SO BE CAREFUL if your CD drive only ejects a short distance and seems “stuck”- you may have the internal screw and bracket holding it in place, even though you have a mutipack 2 “removable ” model.

    I am still looking for a DVD R/W with the longer (about 5/8″) connector, as seen on most puti pack CD drives.

    ALso, since removing the screw, the drive willnot make contact with the internal card/motherboard unless I firmly and manually press it down – past the spring locking of the mutipack . I was working for a short time but is now not being found by the device manager- even though the CD lights come on and a cd spins up. Not sure- may have damaged connector or having a common HP problem with CD not being found due to a registry error.

    I have bought a USB DVD RW drive to use – but its a hassle harring it around.

    If you have any info on this situation, please post or email
    thanks

  90. greg says:

    Correction ro Post #89
    HP Multi-track II cd drive should have been typed as ‘Muti-Bay II”

    Please replace all occurances of the term “Muti-track” with “Multi-Bay”

    Sorry for the typo

    BTW the problem laptop is an HP-Compaq nc6400,
    Part Number RB515UA#ABA

  91. Kerry Smythe says:

    I have a Toshiba Satellite C75D-A7370. WINDOWS 8.1
    I REALLY LIKE IT. HOWEVER, I HAVE TO REPLACE THE SUPER MULTI DVD/CD DRIVE. I HAVE A NEW ONE READY TO GO IN. HOWEVER, THE ONE ANCHOR SCREW FOR THE DRIVE IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND ON THE BACK. AND, THE KEYBOARD PROTECTIVE STRIP LOOKS LIKE THE ENTIRE BOTTOM PORTION OF THE BOARD “BELOW” THE KEYBOARD. THERE IS NO SEAM AT THE TOP TO JUSTIFY BEING A SRIP TO REMOVE. AT THE TOP IT IS ALL ONE PIECE DOWN ALONG THE SIDES OF THE KEYBOARD AND STOPS AT WHAT LOOKS LIKE THE KEYBOARD STRIP AT THE BOTTOM. PLEASE ADVISE ME, AS THIS IS MY FIRST TIME AND I WANT TO BE SURE I DO THIS RIGHT. THANK YOU. K.S.

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