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Notebooks Unable to find sutable replacement drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KingofHearts, 25 Mar 2007.

  1. KingofHearts

    KingofHearts New Member

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    There seems to be a whole lot of people here that work with so many different types of hardware hopefully someone has a minute to help. The cd / dvd drive in my laptop is dead. so i ordered a laptop drive from newegg. it is to big. it is a slimline laptop drive, but is its a few mm to tall.

    now im really confused. there is 2 different size slimline laptop drives? If there is what would it be called.

    the laptop is a toshiba s100 portege.
     
  2. Hazardous

    Hazardous New Member

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    Slimline - or "half-height" are the only two names/descriptions I've heard for laptop drives, and (to my knowledge) they should all fit?


    However... assuming you have no intention of selling the laptop, and just use it at home... you really ought to consider buying an external [USB 2.0] drive instead :idea:

    Not only are there literally 100's of makes/models to choose from... but they're more than twice the speed of a laptop drive.
    Laptop optical drives typically operate at 8x - whereas standard/desktop optical drives burn at up to 18x... and there are even a few now @ 20x!!

    Unfortunately though... that won't be an ideal solution to the problem, if you do use your laptop on the move, or are looking to replace the original drive before you sell the laptop :rolleyes:

    In that case... you may be better to contact Toshiba themselves, to explain your problem/what you've tried, and try to find out if their Portege laptops/notebooks use a proprietary - or specific size, of optical drive?

    I personally think it's unlikely... but you never know?
     
  3. KingofHearts

    KingofHearts New Member

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    ah this sucks. there is a difference. there is an ultra slim drive that is 2 mm smaller in height. 1 mm less wide but slightly longer.

    sigh. thanks for the suggestion i am using an hp usb external at the moment but it still pisses me off not being able to have an internal drive.

    thats what i get for buying an ultraslim notebook i guess. now instead of paying like 35 dollars for a new lap cd drive i have to spend like 160. cause its special... :rolleyes:

    figures...
     

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