The choice of optical drives has become so wide that you should think twice before buying a new one.
First you need to decide which media you want to play and burn. The most common drives can both read and burn DVDs and CDs. However, you might need a Blu-ray drive to play back your high-definition movie collection. If you want to burn your own movies to Blu-Rays or backup your data, we have Blu-Ray burners in our shop.
If you don't want to play or burn optical media at all, but want to expand the memory of your notebook, we also offer adapters. With these you can use a hard disk instead of your optical drive. With an additional adapter you can use your optical drive externally.
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The connection and design of drives are basically standardized. All modern drives use a so-called Slim-SATA connector, which is almost identical to that of hard drives.
In addition, there are still differences in the height of optical drives in notebooks. Thus one differentiates between Slim and Ultra Slim.
Besides the normal drives, where the medium is placed on a carrier, which is then pulled in, there are also slotloading variants, which have no carrier. However, these are rare in notebooks.
If you are not sure which drive fits into your notebook, our spare part finder will help you.
This is possible if you have the right skills and feel confident enough to do it. You can try this by removing and reinstalling your current optical drive. However, it is very important to motorize the position of all screws and brackets, by using the wrong screws you could potentially damage your drive or computer.
Additionally, the following videos might help, even though they are in German.
This is technically possible, although there are a few things you need to consider.
First your DVD drive needs to be connected via SATA and not PATA, because that is what all Blu-Ray drives use. Second you should test, whether your system meets the requirements of playing a Blu-Ray with a tool like BD & 3D Advisor by Cyberlink.
That your optical drive won't open could be due to a program using it. Try killing it using the task manager. The you should be able to open the optical drive again.
Should this method not work, try opening the drive by inserting something like a paperclip into the emergency eject hole in the front bezel. However, this method does not work with slot in drives.
In this case or in the case that the drive still won't open you will have to consult a specialist.
Optical drive manufacturers used o use different types of bezels for their drives, which made it hard wo find one for your drive. That is why the “General Bezel Assembling Standard” has been created, now most bezels should fit on most optical drives.
Which optical drive can be installed in your Notebook depends on three factors
Which connection type is used? (SATA or PATA)
What height of optical drive is used? (Slim 12,5mm or SuperSlim 9,5mm)
Does your laptop meet the System requirements?
SATA drives can not be used with a PATA controller and vice versa.
Before installing your new optical drive, make sure you attached the mounting bracket from the old drive to the new one.
Most optical drives are sold without a bezel, make sure you attach the old one to the new drive.
With the tool BD & 3D Advisor you can check whether your System has enough performance to play Blu-Rays.
In Germany and GB region code 2 is used, in the USA and Canada it is region code 1. Further information can be found in this Wikipedia-article.
In most cases this is due to the material fatigue of the laser head, due to this it can no longer focus the beam enough to read the track width on a DVD. However it still works with CDs because they use a wider track.
If it still won't work thee is the suspicion, that your device drive might be broken.