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Swap Quanta Storage CD/RW for DVD/RW in my Sony VAIO Notebook?

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by steventhomas42, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. I was trying to find out if it were possible to upgrade my notebook's
    combo drive to a DVD/RW drive.

    I checked and the combo drive is a Quanta Storage Inc SBW-242U drive.
    Quanta also manufactures a DVD/RW drive by the number SDW-085.

    According to their website, the dimensions are identical, as are the
    power requirements. The interface where the drive plugs into the
    notebook is identical.

    Only the location of the eject button appears to be changed, and as
    that is located on the bezel of the drive, I would assume it does not

    Can anyone tell me if there is any reason the SDW-085 DVD/RW drive
    would not work in my notebook?


    steventhomas42, Mar 23, 2007
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  2. steventhomas42

    Quaoar Guest

    Well, the swapping of optical drives in notebooks gets a bit
    complicated, owing to the design of the bezel. The drives might be
    identical, but the bezel in the original drive could likely have been
    modified to fit the notebook case, whereas the replacement drive has not
    been. The best case is the the new drive, installed, simply does not
    blend with the case design. The worst case is that the new drive's
    bezel prohibits it's closing properly. One might swap bezels from the
    old to the new drive, but, again, unless at least the open/close button
    is in exactly the correct position, the new drive will not work with the
    old bezel (that assumes that the new drive's bezel can be replaced with
    the old drive's bezel.)

    A better, and cheaper, solution is to purchase an external USB2/Firewire
    enclosure suitable for the most up-to-date drive of your choice. There
    are also complete external DVD/Dual layer drives available for at least
    USB2, perhaps Firewire also.

    Check out www.newegg.com


    Quaoar, Mar 25, 2007
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