More and more Windows computers are shipping without optical drives, and this is a phenomenon that exists beyond the tablet PC. The lack of a DVD drive might prevent you from installing your favourite apps or checking archive discs – even ripping your old CDs and DVDs. Fortunately, there are workarounds.
“How do you share a CD or DVD drive across a network?” This was the question that dropped into my head recently as it became apparent that I would need to access data on some archive DVDs. If I was using a standard PC this wouldn’t be a problem; as it is, I’ve been the owner of an Acer Iconia W700 for several months now and one of the key drawbacks of a tablet computer is that they don’t come with integrated DVD drives. Surely there must be a way to share the DVD drive on my wife’s laptop across the home network?
What happens when your DVD gets stuck in the tray? Can you remove it easily, or is it trapped in the drive until you can take your computer to an technician? Thankfully, the answer to that last question in most cases is no. Pretty much all that happens when your disc becomes stuck is that the tray will not open, likely due to a power or device driver issue. Several methods have been tried and tested to help you retrieve your stuck disc – so many, in fact, that they can be attempted in the order described below.
Windows 8 makes it hard to burn audio and watch video DVDs thanks to hidden apps and missing licences. This is part of the move away from optical media – fortunately, we can share some easy workarounds.