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broke my dvd-rw

hi all , am a neewbie , i dropped a book on my laptop and didnt think id done any real damage , only cracked it in the right hand corner, but went to play a cd today and my drive must be knocked out of line or broke.i dont have alot of cash so am cautious of taking it to be repaired , am ok to buy an external dvd/cd rw and just plug in and go? sorry if it seems a silly question , but i am laptop stupid.
thanks to anyone who can advise.

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Externals cost about the same as the internal DVDRW.

In reply to: broke my dvd-rw

But without a make, model, year of the laptop and drive it's tough to write much more than I get mine from, or Fry's.

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In reply to: Externals cost about the same as the internal DVDRW.

cheers for the help with limited info i understand you cant say much, i cant find the drive make as i think i have dislodged it , i have a friend on the case , but thanks for the input

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Most people know what they have.

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Most can tell if they have the Dole T3000 model F16. (fictitious name!)

Then I could look up its specs and see if it's some stock DVDRW drive.

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