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Very Confused At How To Shop For A New Dvd Drive


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#1 humbleh

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 05:10 PM

I have a Sony Vaio VGC-RB30 computer and want to replace the dvd drive (dvd rw dw-d22a). I've never replaced one before so I don't know what to look for.

I'll be happy with any brand of new dvd drive that'll work, I've been looking at the newegg site trying to figure out what I need to buy to replace it and I'm clueless; I tried using their livechat to get some help but they said they couldn't advise me about it.

Are all dvd drives the same size so I can know it'll fit right when I buy one? I just want to be sure I buy one that fits right in the computer and will read cds and dvds and burn them.

Thanks for any advice anybody can give me.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:04 PM

Welcome to bleepingcomputer! I believe all CD/DVD drives are 5" for a desktop computer. I recently ordered a DVD drive that looks pretty good, this . I should be getting it tomorrow and will let you know if its any good (if your interested). The things that stuck out to me about it was it is made by Lite-on, it has dual layer burning capabilities, and lightscribe. I've never used lightscribe before and it seems like it would be cool to experiment with. All this is the same price as the other DVD burners too, since it costs 5$ more but has free shipping. Hope this helps!
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:38 PM

Thanks for replying, the size thing is what I'm most confused about kinda... In the pictures of the drives on newegg it shows the little button on the bottom of all the drives, mine may be like that but I can only see the part of the drive where the drawer opens and the tray comes out. On the side of the computer there's a button to open it but I think that's part of the Sony case and how it's made.

Yeah post and say how you like your new drive.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:34 PM

Welcome to bleepingcomputer! I believe all CD/DVD drives are 5" for a desktop computer. I recently ordered a DVD drive that looks pretty good, this . I should be getting it tomorrow and will let you know if its any good (if your interested). The things that stuck out to me about it was it is made by Lite-on, it has dual layer burning capabilities, and lightscribe. I've never used lightscribe before and it seems like it would be cool to experiment with. All this is the same price as the other DVD burners too, since it costs 5$ more but has free shipping. Hope this helps!



I agree, this is a good burner, it has the fastest reading speed in the industry right now and has some of the best firmware. It's too bad you didn't go for it a couple of weeks ago when they had it on sale for a little bit less and free three day shipping. :thumbsup:

If you wish to go whole hog check out this Plextor.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 02:48 AM

That is a good drive, IMHO, both of my DVD's are made by Lite On, one of them is the drive Sterling14 is getting. I have not had any problems with any Lite On drive I've owned, so far, and I've owned several.

This drive will fit any 5" bay, or whatever the size that is standard on desktop computers. The good thing about Newegg is if the drive arrives faulty, call them and get an RMA number to ship it back and they will send another. :thumbsup:
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 11:57 AM

I've learned during my endless research in trying to fix my current drive problem that the original dvd drive in my computer (Sony dvd rw dw-d22a) is a rebadged version of a Lite On SOHW-1633S, and there have been soooooo many people to have problems with the drive. So I was really thinking about avoiding the Lite On brand.




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