Installation & usage
Installing a new drive into a notebook is a straightforward task, but it does vary according to the manufacturer of the notebook. In my Acer Travelmate this consisted of:
- Sliding the CD release switch on the underside of the notebook. This detached the drive, which was pulled free
- Remove the IDE converter on the back of the old drive
- Unscrew the mounting case from the old drive
- Fix the mounting case to the new drive
- Attach IDE converter
- Insert into notebook
The colour was a good match for the Acer, but a 2mm gap exists around the top and left edges. This is not overly worrying as the drive is firmly attached.
Once installed the notebook was then powered-up, and the operating system shortly decided it had a new piece of hardware. Everything smooth going so far, so time to insert a commercial DVD.
Having never used a slot-loading drive before, it takes some getting used to. When a disc is pushed far enough in, a mechanism takes over, and sucks it efficiently inside. This mechanism is both loud and disturbing, and then proceeds to make what can only be described as a munching sound while it correctly aligns the disc hole on to the internal spindle.
Noise levels return to acceptable levels during normal operation, and playing a DVD movie results in just a murmur from the drive.
Ejecting a disc is as noisy as inserting one. It is a very robotic sound, and sounds like an effect from a sci-fi movie. Possibly all slot-loading drives make a similar noise.