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How To Connect External Optical Drive To Laptop

Connect External Optical Drive To Laptop

Most of the recently developed laptops do not come with a built-in optical drive. The reasons behind this are given here.

  • The need for optical drives has diminished (Music, movies, or other forms of digital media is downloaded or streamed via the internet).
  • Lightest and thinnest laptops are mostly preferred (lightweight laptops don’t include optical drives).

Still, some might need to use CDs or DVDs on their laptops. They can use any drive to access the data written on the CD/DVD on their laptop. Optical Disc Drive can read and record data. But, earlier optical drives are read only. Using the external optical drives, you can back up, store, or transfer your files on CDs or DVDs.

To know how to connect an external optical drive to your laptop, refer to the detailed steps given on this web page.

Step 1

  • Check if your printer supports the AirPrint feature.

Step 2

  • Take a USB cable and connect it to the external optical drive.

Step 3

  • Plug the USB cable’s other end into the laptop’s USB port.

Step 4

  • Wait until the laptop detects the external optical drive.

Step 5

  • Mostly, the drivers for your external optical drive will be installed automatically on the laptop.
  • If the driver is not installed, download the correct driver from the manufacturer site.
  • Locate the downloaded file, click it, and continue with the on-screen instructions to finish the installation.
  • Note: After the installation, you will be prompted to restart your laptop.
  • If prompted, restart the laptop.

Step 6

  • Some of the external optical drives come with packaged software that helps to burn media to blank DVDs.
  • If an equivalent software is available online, install according to your needs.
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