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Buying new laptop - What DVD drive do I need?


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#1 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 07:43 AM

Want to buy new laptop since my existing Windows 7 laptop is 8 years old.  Laptops usually do not come with CD/DVD drive.  I need the drive to watch movies I get from my local library.

 

What DVD drive specifications should I look for in such a drive?

How does the drive connect to the laptop:  USB 3.0?  HDMI?  Other?

 

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#2 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 07:45 AM

Sorry  -  forgot to indicate that new laptop will be Windows 10.



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Posted 11 June 2018 - 07:49 AM

you can buy an external CD/dvd drive that will connect with a USB cable



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Posted 11 June 2018 - 09:40 AM

I use a Pioneer USB3 Blu-Ray writer - I forget model but they change anyway...


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Posted 11 June 2018 - 11:38 AM

I agree. For a laptop it's easy to buy an external with a USB connection.

I've just replaced the DVD/CD re-writer in my old Compaq desktop.....but the choice for these is much greater, of course. I also 'upgraded' the CD re-writer in my even older Dell laptop for a DVD/CD model, but then the bay was already there to start with.

Cost all of around £6 GBP on eBay, since these had always been available for the old Inspirons from day one; mine didn't come with one, because it was a lower-spec model when we originally bought it 16 years ago.


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 02:44 PM

I ordered this unit for someone who wanted a couple for work.  You will probably have to purchase a DVD player or use VLC.  I normally recommend PowerDVD, but version 18 just came out and needs work.  If you can find a deal on version 17 it is a good program.






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