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New Desktop DVD Drive Question


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#1 go_hercules

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 11:43 PM

All the computers I have owned had the CD/DVD tray that looked like a cup holder when it came out.  They came out horizontally and you just set the CD down and away it went.  The new machines I am looking at have a DVD mechanism that is mounted vertically and when the mechanism comes out it looks like you have to snap the CD/DVD onto it.  Is this the standard now?  It sure looks and feels flimsy to me.  Do they work better than they look?  Do you have to use 2  hands to pop the CD onto it or what?  Thanks.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:24 AM

Those are not "new" and they are mounted on their sides because the OEMs decided to do that to maximize use of space on these minisystems they now sell by the boatload, IMO.

 

If you go to purchase an optical drive by itself...it will look just like all the other optical drives sold without being inserted into SFF-type systems.

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 11:45 AM

So, my question was whether or not they are flimsy, and do you have to use 2 hands to put the CD in.  I am looking at a Lenovo desktop that has the old style open bottom tray that I am used to.  Most of the Dells I am looking at have the other style.  So both are still used, it's just that I have never used the other one.  Thanks very much.



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:20 PM

No, you can use one hand.  You put the bottom end in first and tilt the disk into place and the push the drawer in.  Once part of the disk is in the drive it isn't an issue.  As hamluis said it is probably the same drive just turned on its side for space purposes.  Most optical drives can be mounted either way.






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