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bk T
13-02-2012, 08:23 PM
My HP laptop's DVD drive is faulty and would like to replace it. Can I just buy any DVD drive and replace it or have to get it from HP? Are all laptop DVD drives standard piece of hardware like those desktop units?


13-02-2012, 08:33 PM
No you have to get a laptop drive. They aint hard to find and they are mostly cross compatable.

bk T
13-02-2012, 08:38 PM
Yes, I know that. What I meant is, are all laptop dvd drives the same?

13-02-2012, 08:49 PM
Yes, I know that. What I meant is, are all laptop dvd drives the same? No - Different models (Some laptops) can use different connections, esp older ones.

Whats the model # I have a Dead F500 HP/Compaq in the workshop, AFAIK the drive works,the Motherboard blew its nuts :D - Drives yours if you want it, just pay for postage. If needed I can post a Pic of the connection to see if its the same as yours.

13-02-2012, 08:52 PM
How old is the laptop?
What make/model?
Have a look on the bottom and see if there is a screw with a marking next to it that looks like a CD.
If there is remove it and the optical drive should just slide out.
If not then it may be a bit harder to get it out.

If the drive is SATA then they are all usually the same and you can just slide a replacement drive in.
Sometimes you may have to remove the front bezel of each drive and swap them over so that the replacement matches the style of your laptop.

bk T
13-02-2012, 09:26 PM
It's a HP Compaq nx6120, quite an old laptop. Will try to pull it out tomorrow to see what sort of connection it has.

Wainutech, it would be nice if you could post a picture of the connection type. :thanks

Just did a quick check and found that it's not cheap, really, considering the age of this laptop, may just drop the idea.

13-02-2012, 09:31 PM
More than likely it will be an IDE drive so less chance of just buying a generic replacement.