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Topic # 232151 1-Apr-2018 16:58
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The optical (CD/DVD) drive on my Dell 14Z seems to have given up the ghost. It's not always showing up in the list of drive n Windows Explorer and if it does I am unable to read anything on the drive.

 

I've followed the Dell troubleshooting without success. 

 

I'm looking at replacing the drive. It is an HL GU60N.

 

Will pretty well any SATA drive with the eject button and emergency release pin hole in the same place work?

 

I'm counting on other drives having the same chassis layout and the face plates having the same mountings. Then I will be able to swap over the original face plate onto the replacement drive.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

 





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  Reply # 1986858 1-Apr-2018 17:23
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I've had an Asus DRW-20B1LT which has worked flawlessly for years. Still got it now (in my new machine).




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  Reply # 1986955 1-Apr-2018 20:32
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What sort of machine?





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  Reply # 1986984 1-Apr-2018 23:15
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Aren't there two different thicknesses of these slim optical drives?




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  Reply # 1987024 2-Apr-2018 08:58
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andrewNZ: Aren't there two different thicknesses of these slim optical drives?

 

 

 

Yes I think so 9.5 mm and 12.7 mm





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  Reply # 1987033 2-Apr-2018 09:09
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Technofreak:

 

The optical (CD/DVD) drive on my Dell 14Z seems to have given up the ghost. It's not always showing up in the list of drive n Windows Explorer and if it does I am unable to read anything on the drive.

 

I've followed the Dell troubleshooting without success. 

 

I'm looking at replacing the drive. It is an HL GU60N.

 

Will pretty well any SATA drive with the eject button and emergency release pin hole in the same place work?

 

I'm counting on other drives having the same chassis layout and the face plates having the same mountings. Then I will be able to swap over the original face plate onto the replacement drive.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why not just get a replacement of the same model?

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=HL+GU60N 





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  Reply # 1987833 3-Apr-2018 19:30
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lNomNoml:

 

Technofreak:

 

The optical (CD/DVD) drive on my Dell 14Z seems to have given up the ghost. It's not always showing up in the list of drive n Windows Explorer and if it does I am unable to read anything on the drive.

 

I've followed the Dell troubleshooting without success. 

 

I'm looking at replacing the drive. It is an HL GU60N.

 

Will pretty well any SATA drive with the eject button and emergency release pin hole in the same place work?

 

I'm counting on other drives having the same chassis layout and the face plates having the same mountings. Then I will be able to swap over the original face plate onto the replacement drive.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why not just get a replacement of the same model?

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=HL+GU60N 

 

 

 

 

Originally I had problems finding a new one and was looking at what my options were.

 

 





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  Reply # 1988124 4-Apr-2018 11:17
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Why not an external USB DVD drive.

DVD drives are becoming obsolete anyway and some laptops & PC no longer have them
With an external, you could also use it with your next laptop.

 

Do you really even need one. Allmost everything is now downloadable.




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  Reply # 1988333 4-Apr-2018 18:27
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I need to be able to read discs that have manuals on them.

 

I'd considered an external one, but don't want to have to carry around anything more than necessary.





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Technofreak .... I have a spare slim-line DVD unit (9.5mm) that looks like a replacement for several laptop models.

 

You are welcome to try it ... I'm in Wellington.




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  Reply # 1991375 8-Apr-2018 10:45
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Rickles:

 

Technofreak .... I have a spare slim-line DVD unit (9.5mm) that looks like a replacement for several laptop models.

 

You are welcome to try it ... I'm in Wellington.

 

 

Thank you for your kind offer.

 

I'm in Hamilton, so it may not be so easy to try it out. I'll keep it in mind though. Do you have a model number? How much would you want for it?

 

 





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     >Do you have a model number? How much would you want for it?<

 

Model No: UJDA765 .... made by Panasonic, for IBM/Lenovo.

 

Looks like this - https://www.amazon.com/IBM-UJDA765-THINKPAD-COMBO-ULTRABAY/dp/B016YKAXTM

 

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