How to open the drive on your computer
Viewing the CD on the computer. How to run it on your notebook computer
Although more and more often music, movies and programs are now downloaded from the Internet, discs still remain a popular way to distribute information. In this article we will tell you how to view CDs on your computer or notebook, and what you need to do.
First you need to know what kind of CD you have.
- Music and programs are most often distributed on CDs, which can hold up to 700 MB of data.
- Movies and operating systems are recorded on DVDs, which are on average 4.7 Gbytes, although smaller or larger capacities can be found. As a rule, CD-compatible drives can also work with DVDs.
- Blu-ray discs, on the other hand, require a special drive to read high definition movies. A regular CD/DVD drive can’t play them.
There are, however, universal drives that can read Blu-ray Discs and CDs/DVDs, but unless you have a brand new computer or notebook, it is not certain that you have such a drive. So before you buy a Blu-ray disc, make sure you have something to watch it on.
You can buy an external drive to view a disc on a notebook computer that doesn’t have a built-in disc drive. A computer you can buy and internal drive, just do not forget to get help in installing it if you do not know how to do it yourself.
Booting from a disc in a notebook computer
I can’t boot from the disk in my notebook. I can’t boot from the disk, I’ve lost the instruction, I’ve pressed all the buttons on my keyboard, I’ve launched a process, and now I can’t boot to the BIOS.When this request was read by an acquaintance of mine he uttered an interesting sentence: “Can you imagine what happens when it gets into the BIOS?”I imagined and even began to fear not for the laptop, but for the girl, because you can boot from the drive in a laptop and without changing the settings in the BIOS.
We will give you two examples of laptops HP and Sony VAIO. So first we have a HP laptop.
I want to note that the principle of changing the boot device is not the same in all laptops and if you have experience with a device from one manufacturer, most likely you will have difficulty with a laptop from another manufacturer. But as they say difficulties should not be afraid of, think about it, this computer is yours, are not you interested in learning how it is set up, well, with such things as to set boot from the drive in your laptop or get into the BIOS, you must especially cope. I hope our article will help you and also, as soon as we get into the hands of a laptop of any other manufacturer, screenshots of the boot choice, will immediately be added to this article.Let’s start with a HP laptop. One of the largest manufacturers of information technology in the world, has taken care that we would not have had problems when working with his device and set it to boot from the drive is very simple.
When you turn on the laptop appears a prompt-Press ESC to load the start menu, press.
F-1 system infoF-2 diagnosticsF-9 (change boot options) will give us the opportunity to boot from the drive in the laptop without entering the BIOSF-10 scary BIOSF-11 restore the laptop to factory settings
Let’s skip the first and second paragraphs, it’s already clear, let’s press the F-9 Boot Device Options and see what happens, we press
here appears a window, where we are explained in the language of our potential enemy, that if we are afraid to enter BIOS, we can change the booting of the laptop from the drive here. We are happy and with key F-10, we can change the boot priority, by the way now booting is set just from the drive and if we reboot and there is a DVD with the operating system in the drive, it will start to install. Done, now with the most daring let’s look at our BIOS, get out of this menu and press ESC, it will reboot.When you select the start menu again press ESC and then F-10 And here we are in enemy territory, select the option System Configuration with the arrow keys on the keyboard and press Enter In front of us in this menu, select the Boot Options Here we allow or prohibit to change the booting from any device. I will explain, for example you see the latest Internal Network Adapter (boot from network) is Disabled, so booting from the network is not allowed, if we select Enabled, then firstly booting from the network is possible and secondly, an offer to boot from the network will appear at the beginning, in the start menu. Start menu appears when you boot up the laptop, when you press first ESC and then F-9, where you can change the boot priority to the drive without going into the BIOS, this menu will look like this.Note: unfortunately when writing this article we gave the laptop already, so the screenshot is made in photoshop. Now go back and select the option Boot Order and press Enter in this menu, we see that the laptop is told to boot from the hard drive, and we can choose what you want, if we want and boot from a USB flash drive, by the way booting from a USB device below. You forgot that we are in enemy territory, so quickly change the boot from the hard drive to the drive, move the keyboard to our CD / DVD ROM, then using the F-6 key, as shown in the right side of the BIOS window, move the CD / DVD ROM to the first position. Then ESC, exit this menu, then ESC again and move to the Exit option, press Enter, we are asked if we want to save the changes made, we agree Yes. It will reboot and if we have a CD with Windows in the drive, it will start the installation process. Now it’s the turn of the Sony VAIO notebook. When you start the notebook you are prompted to press F12. but marks it boot from network, we have no instruction to the motherboard, what would get in the BIOS basically need to press F2 or Delete, less often. less often. Press F2 and go to BIOS Select the Boot tab with the arrow keys on your keyboard, which is responsible for changing the boot device and press Enter On the Boot tab we see that the first boot device is a USB stick, select it with the keyboard and press Enter In the menu that will open select our drive Internal Optical Disc Drive Now the first boot device is the drive
What else you can do?
You can try to open the disc drive tray, clean all of its components and the drive itself. This will help get rid of accumulated dust, which will contribute to the normal operation of the device. The presence of dust will not allow the drive to play discs.
For those who like to repair the technique themselves it is possible to recommend to disassemble the disk drive and wipe the laser eye with a cotton swab soaked in an alcohol solution. As an alternative, you can try to use the cleaning disk. If you insert it into the drive, it cleans it from dust.
It is also possible to flush the disk drive. To find the firmware is necessary on the official website of the manufacturer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions strictly.
Solving CD/DVD-Rom problems
So, perhaps the most obvious way out of the obvious ways. to click on it spets. Press the “Open ⇑” button (see photo below for an example).
If nothing happens. try rebooting your PC/laptop and push it to the Windows boot phase (if it was caused by a hang or OS failure. This should help!).
Some floppy drives simply do not have an “Open” button on the side of the device (this is usually the case with laptops).
In this case launch Windows Explorer (WinE) and go to “My Computer/This Computer“. Right-click on the drive icon and select “Eject” in the menu. The floppy disk tray should smoothly “move out” of the device.
There are some laptop models which have a special key on their keyboards. the special key to open the drive tray (see the picture below). (see photo below). It can be located either among the function keys F1-F12 or next to the power button (somewhere not far from the indicator box).
Open the tray (ACER ASPIRE 4625G notebook)
Method 4 (if the tray is jammed)
If all above mentioned steps didn’t help, the drive tray may be “jammed” and can’t be opened automatically (it can happen e.g. due to a warped CD/DVD disc).
- Switch off your computer/laptop (and unplug it);
- Take an ordinary paperclip and bend one end of it;
- insert it into the special. hole on the drive housing (do not confuse with the LED indicator) and press lightly. should sound a little click and the tray is slightly out, for 3-5 mm.;
How to view the disk on the computer
Before you start scanning any disk, you should make sure that there is no malware on it. Also you will not be able to view certain formats of files saved on the disk unless certain codecs are installed on your PC.
To avoid potential infection of your computer, do not rush to open the contents of a disk right after it has been downloaded. Otherwise, if there are viruses on the media, you risk infecting the system with dangerous programs and scripts that will adversely affect the operation of your computer. With this in mind, start up the drive as follows. Insert the disc into the drive and wait for it to finish loading. Autorun window will open on your desktop, which you should ignore (click “Cancel”). Open My Computer. Here you need to find the connected drive with the loaded drive. Click on the disk drive icon and select “Scan for viruses” in the context menu (to do this you should have any anti-virus software installed on your computer). It can take anywhere from a few seconds to two or three minutes to check. If anti-virus detects any threats on the medium, remove the disc from the drive immediately and try to avoid handling it in the future. If no danger is detected by the anti-virus, go to the contents of the disk.
If you have video files on the drive, you may have some trouble viewing them. Most often such problems are expressed by the fact that the computer lacks the necessary codec package. You need to install “K-Lite Codec Pack” software on your PC to watch the video files. It can be easily found on the Internet. After installing the codecs, reboot the system and proceed to view the multimedia contents of the drive.
Windows 10 doesn’t play DVDs
The reason is quite obvious: Money. Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft stopped including MPEG-2 and Dolby Digital codecs in its operating system. You need these to play your favorite movies on DVD. By omitting these two codecs from the operating system, Microsoft saves the OEM and partners a few dollars per device. Not everyone needs DVD support, but the cost savings are substantial on a large scale.
If you are faced with the fact that the computer on Windows 10 does not play a DVD, you need to return to the system special software, which includes the necessary codecs. Here users have several options.
Selecting and Installing
Why install an external disk drive. Compact and mobile netbooks are available without an optical drive. Built-in laptops may not meet the user’s needs. So it is important to use external drives that read and write information.
Although there are flash drives and hard drives for data storage and archiving, optical drives are needed for work, to store files. Different situations require an external disk reader plugged into the computer devices.
Connecting to a PC
Installation of additional equipment does not require special knowledge. Following the instructions given by your computer or laptop will result in the cleanest possible software installation.
Despite the availability of adapters and hubs with different types of connectors, smartphones and tablets do not support external console disk readers. Gadgets have a different operating system.
By the way. HD DVD drives (Hitachi) have not been produced since 2008. Because of the “format war” with Blu-ray (Sony). Drives and HD DVD drives are not used.
There are also problems with CD drives. technical performance and quality were not up to the mark due to lack of demand. DVD and BD format is a great success.