I don't see adding an ext. drive being a problem. The only caveat is that an ext. drive just won't be as fast an int. drive but it will be capable. Those ext. based drives either USB or firewire. You will need to un-install the original drive for less hassle when installing the new drive s/w and/or drivers. if you like replacing the int. drive isn't a great deal either, just find one you like and install. HP certainly has replacement drives(online store) but many other vendors offer HP drives as well should decide to keep HP.
HP Pavilion a706n:
CD/DVD door will not open after following all the steps from HP. I can open it manually, but when I put a disk in, windows XP does not recognize it.
I am ready to give up and replace it.
My question to you is:
Can I replace this with an EXTERNAL drive rather than replacing the one now in the tower.
Is there an external drive that will install easily and allow me to install programs, view CD's, burn CD's as the current drive does?
Or, do I need to replace the one in my tower?
Any recommendations as to what I would need to buy to get me back up & running?