Quick Question about DVD drive

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Member Since: Aug 29, 2003

I just got a DVD-RW (internal) to replace my old CD-RW drive. I know how to physicaly connect it but is these anything I need to do in windows (running XP Pro) or can I just unplug it. I am assuming I don't need to do anything but I don't want to screw anything up here.


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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 22, 2004 02:49 pm

Nope, Windows should take care of everything all by itself...if it needs any software or drivers, it'll ask you.

The DVD drive should have a manual explaining installtion.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Sep 22, 2004 03:47 pm

Just done the very same thing myself.

New DVD-+RW for old CDRW...no drivers or manual came with it tho but XP regonised it right away with nae bother.

Just unplug the old one and make sure you have the jump settings right (i.e. make the same as the one you took oot - either master or slave) then yer good to go.


Since: Aug 29, 2003

Sep 22, 2004 05:47 pm

Thanks guys, everything works great except...

I have Nero express that came with my old CD+RW drive. It burned CDs fine. With my new drive (a Panasonic) it will only let me make a disk image. Must it do this first in order to burn the disk? It does it for both CD and DVD. I have DVD authoring software so thats no the prob.

I can burn a CD through WMP and a DVD through my video editing prog but I can't seem to bun a data DVD which i would like to use to backup music and raw video footage files.

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Sep 22, 2004 05:50 pm

"Windows should take care of everything all by itself."


you might notice I'm in am anit-MS mood today as I'm repairing two boxes that are hozed... had to do a data recovery on one and the other is too far gone. They are family computers and their 12y/o boy doesn't believe that computer viruses are real, no joke.

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