Re: DVD rw drive not reading!!!!!!!!!!
"Ken Blake, MVP" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 06:50:25 -0700, Malke <email@example.com>
>> Nonny wrote:
>> > You repair computers for a living. Would replacing a laptop optical
>> > drive be a really expensive undertaking? More expensive than buying
>> > an external USB drive?
>> It depends on the laptop and whether the mftr. still has replacement
>> for that model. Since the OP has Vista and Vista is still fairly new,
>> than likely the replacement parts are available (and the laptop may still
>> be under warranty). The best solution would be to replace the part rather
>> than use an external USB drive. The data will not move nearly as quickly
>> (to be burned) over the USB bus as it will using the internal drive.
> Another consideration is that a laptop is a device meant to carried
> around. I personally would not want to have to deal with the extra
> weight and space required to carry around an external optical drive
> along with the laptop.
> Even if it cost somewhat more, I'd opt to replace it, rather than use
> an external drive.
> Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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Not to mention the extra battery drain due to the additional circuitry
involved in the external drive controller. Also, laptop optical
drive designs are usually optimized for lower power consumption.