Can i replace a computer CD drive with an old DVD drive? Is there software or a special way to do it?
Question: I have an old standard CD drive.... and have an old DVD drive in a tower I no longer use. Can I just swap them out and the DVD drive will sync up and be able to burn DVDs or is there something more complicated with doing this?
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Okay... Here's thing. It will sync up just fine, all you have to do is stick it in the bay and plug the powr and IDE (you said old right?) cable in (stripe towards the power connector). Then boot the machine... BUT it will think it has a CD player, maybe a CD burner but it wont recognise any of the DVD functionality (unless it does you never know .. drivers get updates all the time) . Even if that ios the case, it will be as simple as some driver installs to get the full functionality out of it. Go for it, you should probably have an IDE hookup someplace on the board even if your new machine is mostly SATA.
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i think you can, as long as your computer is not that old to take in the dvd drive. you just have to look for a software for that drive. search the brand and model on the internet to download the software
Based on the symptoms you are stating, it's hardware related, but I doubt it is your hard drive, If you run chkdsk, it will scan the hard drive for errors, which you want to do anyways periodically, and before installing a new OS, (if it does find errors, replace the drive, if not, it's fine and move on). Which I would recommend for that computer anyways as it should have the 64-bit windows anyways, the 32-bit is inadequate for the system to run properly. Your most likely problem for the symptoms you are describing though is a defective video card, 1 of the components on the card is probably getting weak causing intermittent failures. Either that or the inside of your PC is really dirty and needs cleaning to restore proper system cooling. (It could be overheating causing this too.) it could be other things, but I would start with that first and see if it fixes the issue.
you can trade them its easy, you may have to download drivers for the DVD, just check the DVD makers site...its easy
All application, and files on you computer are stored on the Hard drive so by replacing it you are removing all the files. Perhaps you should put in a hard drive as a secondary drive so that you can keep you current system exactly the same as it is but still have the benefit of more room
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