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#1 DJBPace07

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:01 PM

Here's the story, I'm trying to install Kubuntu onto an old laptop. The problem is, the optical drive is failing. I can get it to work...sometimes, by holding in on the drive door. But even that is hit or miss, so I'm looking to replace the drive. I have two choices, external or internal. I would prefer external, but will the drive boot from a disc placed in it at startup (as you would need to do to install an OS)? If I go the internal route, I need one that will be compatible, but the only drives I've seen are about $300. The cheapest I've discovered is $100. The PC is from 2003 and is a Sony Vaio, model PCG-GRT100P.

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 12:32 AM

One of the determining factors is if your BIOS supports booting from and external/USB hdd. This article may be of some use.

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 01:09 AM

Just to add, It looks like any slim IDE/ATAPI CD/DVD drive will work in that. Some laptops have different carriers/adapters, and the bezel on the tray usually has to be swapped, but the actual drive itself is as easily replaced as a drive on any desktop. Most run between $40-50.

Edited by dpunisher, 23 November 2008 - 07:59 AM.

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