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#1 herbman

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:51 PM

Hi folks,  my optical drive model # ( Tsst corp CDDVDW)  or simply a (TS-U633A),   I am an idiot when it comes to this stuff has completely died and my question is how do I know if a replacement model will work in my Asus u56e laptop.

 

I see a lot of similar looking drives online but I am very confused if I need one with the exact same specs like 5400 rpm model and not a 7200 rpm model  etc..

 

What are the most important things I need to know about a replacement

 

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:18 AM

IMO you will need the exact replacement.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:49 PM

You should be able to use most any internal slim DVD/CD drive.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 05:39 PM

Thanks,  i still need to keep the specs the same like if i had a 5400 rpm drive that's what i need to replace it with right?   My main confusion is with the name brands ,  i'm not sure what make my drive is but i see lots of replacement drives by Sony, Toshiba etc.. can i replace it with a different manufacturer?

 

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:02 PM

They are for the most part interchangeable, the manufacturer doesn't matter, and the speed doesn't matter.  The slower you burn a disc the better.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:02 PM

The reason for getting the specific one for your model is the door configuration, there are rounded flat slightly wider or narrower etc.  You may be able to swap the plastic parts but IMO why bother, you can find new on Many retailers sites.

 

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:09 AM

Most DVD players/burners have removable bezels.  Some DVD drives don't even come with a bezel, they assume you are going to use the one which came with the computer.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:23 AM

Most DVD players/burners have removable bezels.  Some DVD drives don't even come with a bezel, they assume you are going to use the one which came with the computer.

Agreed.

 

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