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Optical drive stopped working

Looking for an interim solution for broken optical drive in the way of an external CD/DVD drive until repair can be schedules. What are the choices available?

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Repairing your Optical Drive problem isn’t that difficult task.

Unfortunately you have failed to prove the Manufacturer Name and Model Number of your particular specific CD-ROM Optical Drive so I am unaware of what particular specific CD-ROM Optical Drive information to provide.

However if you use Google Search ( and search the topic Repair CD-ROM you will be able to obtain information on how to disassemble and repair your specific CD-ROM Optical Drive. Examples of a Google Search are provided below ->

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My avent notebook pc has no cd/dvd player

  1. Use an External Optical Drive (can be bootable)
Required: External optical drive (can be purchased by vendor directly, or cheaper by another vendor like NewEgg)
External optical drives are the easiest way to use CD/DVD media and install software to your Tablet PC. It is however, normally the most expensive. External DVD readers can be had online for less than $100 now days, but you will likely pay over $200 at your local Best Buy or Circuit City.
External drives are very simple; just plug it into an available USB port, and a power outlet if needed and you’re good to go. Your Tablet PC should automatically detect the drive and simply add it to My Computer just like a built in drive. Some drives will even run power through the USB, while this makes them more mobile it eats up your Tablet PC battery faster, if that is a problem other external drives do require a power outlet for use but should not drain your battery.
You can also use an online outlet (such as to purchase an external enclosure for around $20, and then a old-fashioned CD/DVD drive (not writer) for $20 creating a budget oriented $40 fully functional external enclosure.
The one trick with external drives is not all external drives are bootable. Trial and error has revealed it appears the enclosure, not the drive itself, is what determines if it is bootable. This creates the advantage to making your own external drive in that if it is not bootable you can (assuming you can’t return anything) get a new enclosure for around $20 instead of being out the larger amount for a pre-assembled external unit.
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> Note: You want your optical drive to be bootable (and external optical drives are the only bootable method) in the event you have to A) Use your factory restore CD to, restore your tablet to factory settings… or B) Complete an entire re-format. These should be the only times you would need your optical drive to be bootable.
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> Note: The legality around creating CD images is grey. You should be fine as long as you only make (and do not share with anyone) images for CDs you physically own, and only install it on the number of machines that matches the number of licenses you own (most software you purchase includes one license). It’s simple, if your honest and fair you should be fine under the law, if your not… then user beware

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