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Replacing CDROM drive to USB Ports for Laptops


Best Answer JoMalig , 09 July 2020 - 07:18 AM

I see. Well in that case I will really end up using a usb hub. Thanks Go to the full post »


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Hello,

 

I just want to ask, is there such a device that I can use to replace my laptop's cdrom with usb ports?

 

I mean like this, please see edited image.

 

CDROM to USB PORT.png
 
My laptop only have 3 usb ports and 1 of them is already malfunctioning.
I don't want to use a usb hub because its kinda bulky for me.
 
Thanks in advance
 

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Hello JoMalig,

 

 

Can you post the brand and model name or number of your notebook for us.


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Hi,

 

I'm using Acer ASPIRE V5-571PG and my OS is Windows 8.1 Pro


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Sorry but I suspect that what you ask is not doable, you may already be aware but you can convert an express card bay to take USB ports but having checked the specs for your notebook we can see that it does not have such an express card or bay. 


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✓  Best Answer

I see. Well in that case I will really end up using a usb hub.

 

Thanks


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Sorry we were not able to help  :(

 

Can I ask where the picture in your OP came from, I`m not able to find such a device.

 

Fwiw the sort of device that I was hoping would be of use here


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Sorry we were not able to help  :(

 

It's okay. I just thought there is such device.

 

 

Can I ask where the picture in your OP came from, I`m not able to find such a device.

That picture is edited. I made that one just to show what I mean.

 

 

Fwiw the sort of device that I was hoping would be of use here

Too bad, my laptop doesn't have express card slot.


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I see, what had me scratching my head was the optical disk logo on the right hand corner of the device.

 

The SATA connection that the optical drive uses is the problem as SATA ports are specific to drives, USB ports are as their name implies are more universal and would communicate with a SATA port if the said SATA port was able to allow it.

 

The only way that such a device would work would be by connecting it to a USB header on the notebooks motherboard, this would mean almost a full dismantle of the notebook in most circumstances, not a job for an amateur, expensive for a tech to do and only possible if the system board actually has such a USB header at all.


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I see. Sounds very complicated and not worth trying.

 

Thanks again.


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You are welcome  :)


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