Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

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Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Leprekaun » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:45 pm

Hi all. My Laptop's DVD writer stopped writing discs. I tried all the methods to get it working (cleaning the lens with a DVD lens cleaner, used q-tip and rubbing alcohol) but none of them worked so now I'm seeing about replacing the drive. Problem is, it's hard to find the EXACT model of my DVD writer so I'm considering getting a different brand and thought while I was at it, I would get a better brand than Hitachi. So I found a Samsung DVD writer and I've always had faith in Samsung optical drives so I found that the dimensions are pretty much exactly the same as my Hitachi HLDS GT32N drive. So can I install any optical drive in my Dell XPS L502X like you could use any optical drive on a desktop PC? Thanks.
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Re: Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Stupify » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:53 pm

make sure the sata ports are same as well. After that i believe you should be able to use any optical drive that fits the dimensions. I have L501x and i replaced the dvd drive with a off-market shell to put a ssd there. so i have 2 hdd (1 ssd and 1 mech hdd) instead of 1 hdd and 1 odd.
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Re: Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Stupify » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:54 pm

o btw why not just get an external usb dvd drive instead? I have removed my odd for almost 2.5 years now and haven't had the need to use one. although if i need to i just go to my htpc and upload the content to the nas.
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Re: Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Leprekaun » Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:40 am

Thanks :).

I prefer to have an ODD and a HDD setup. As I'm primarily a gamer and there are a few games I have are on disc, I prefer having a ODD to install them when I need to, as well as being able to burn discs conveniently. I know I could always make an image and use Daemon Tools to emulate a DVD drive but that still doesn't bypass copy-protection of the game disc when it comes to playing the game.

How do you mean the SATA ports are the same? Aren't SATA ports for all devices a standard size?
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Re: Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Stupify » Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:51 am

nah, dell uses a bit different port dimensions for the ODD:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-2nd-HDD-SSD ... 0592149920

you can see the rear end of the caddy (dell version) and then the inner part of the caddy (normal sata).

so just make sure the drive you pick up is compatible. I dunno if dell version of ODD connector is a wider standard for ODD or not as I haven't dealt with many ODD. maybe search online to make sure you get the right ODD.
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Re: Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Leprekaun » Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:03 am

Ah, I see. Well, the drive I'm interested in is a Samsung SN-208DB/BEBET ODD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827151261). Looking at the back, it looks like the same connector as the HLDS GT32N so do you think it's ok?

This is the HLDS GT32N: http://www.txcesssurplus.com/servlet/th ... per/Detail

NB: The screw plate at the back of the HLDS GT32N that isn't included on the Samsung ODD isn't an issue. I can just take off the plate that's on my current broken HLDS GT32N and secure it to the Samsung drive (it seems to have the same screw holes at the back to mount the plate)
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Re: Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Stupify » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:22 am

that looks about the same. btw if you are buying a replacement then why not just get one with BR?
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Re: Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Leprekaun » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:12 am

The difference in cost is 3x more for a Blu-Ray drive. My maximum needs for disc capacity would be DVD-R DL for games generally. I have an external 1TB HDD that I can store things like music, movies etc. so I would only consider a Blu-Ray drive if I didn't have external storage. When games developers start using BluRay for games, then I will make the transition to BluRay :)
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Re: Laptop DVD Drives - Is all I need to know is that it's 12.7m

Postby Stupify » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:11 am

sounds like a plan :)
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