My hp laptop has had a messed up cd drive for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to replacing it. It was a DVD/CD-R, but I figure I may as well make the upgrade to DVD burner.
My first thought was that I could just order a new one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827131254 , for example) and have a good friend or local PC Club install it for me. (This is what I did when the HD failed.)
Well, I asked a friend that I generally trust with hardware issues (I’m more of a software guy myself) and he said to just bite the bullet and have the manufacturer deal with it. I don’t like this idea at all. I’d have to ship it in and be without my laptop for a while, and that’s just unacceptable.
Another idea I had was an external DVD burner. I wouldn’t have to open the laptop at all, and it wouldn’t be much more expensive than a new internal one. I had a bad experience with an external CD-R drive that I got right around the time they first came out; it burned so many coasters it was ridiculous. Well, I trust that technology has advanced, so I’m willing to take a chance, I guess. The other problem with this is that I like my laptop to be portable. I’ve got 2.5" portable
HDs because I can’t stand the big bulky ones. I’d like to be able to watch movies on the train,
and I feel like either it would be too big to carry around or I would break it or something like that.
Okay, so they have smaller extenral dvd burners, too, but they are expensive, so maybe I’d settle for the combo drive in that case.
So I want to know the opinions of the more learned folks on here. Can I trust the local PC Club to install the drive for me? Are there different kinds of drives that might not fit in my laptop? (I believe I have a QSI 241, or something like that, I’ll check later.) Whatever option I go with, is there something I should know about DVD burners? Do I need 8x?
I’m clueless, and I’d love to get some help from the Teeming Millions. Thanks.