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adding blu ray optical drives

Is it possible to buy a blu ray optical drive for a laptop and swap it out for the standard dvd drive? are there additional requirements (besides HD screen) needed on the machine to play blu ray discs? if so, where would i be able to purchase a drive? thanks

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You gave no clue as to the laptop model# involved here. If this is an older laptop, then I wouldn't wste time on this.

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Sorry but your topic writes "adding" but
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Okay thanks, I am thinking about doing this with a Toshiba Satellite model but I don't know how I'd find a drive that would match it's current DVD drive. So I would indeed need to purchase blu ray capable software as well?

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You may have to check it out.

I think I see it's a Toshiba Satellite but with over a decade of models I can't say all will accept this drive.

As to the software, you dont have to buy that. It's only needed for playing Blu ray discs.
Bob

PS. Sorry if this upsets anyone. But without the model or better yet a link to the model's home page you will have to figure it out.

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Sorry, it's a Toshiba Satellite A665-S5177X 15.6-Inch Laptop if that helps

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Looks fine.

SATA interface and what looks to be a standard bezel. Some quibble if the bezel is not exact but this is as good as it gets.

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so if I want to actually play blu ray discs with it, I could purchase that drive and I would still need some type of blu-ray-playing software, correct?

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Sorry.

I thought that was answered. If yes is not enough then try it without to see if you can save a buck.

BTW, I didn't comment on the laptop. NICE CHOICE. I like the CPU choice (i5) and with that you have the oomph to decode BD.
Bob

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Sorry, it's not the cost of the software I am worried about, I am just trying to make sure I have what I need. You had mentioned above "As to the software, you dont have to buy that. It's only needed for playing Blu ray discs." but I don't know why else I would want to install a BD drive if I wasn't going to play discs with it. Thanks for the replies!

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The forum can't know that.

There is such as thing as Bluray DATA discs. And some folk already have the software.

Glad you got your answers.
Bob

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Got it, Thanks again.

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