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I have a Sager NP 2720 With 5.25" CD-ROM drive. I want to replace it with a
Combination CD-RWand DVD-ROM Drive. The computer is designed to use either
type of drive. My question is this. Do I have to go back to Sager to
purchase this drive? Or can I by one of the many Form Factor 5 Slimline
drives I see on the internet? Please email or post comments and answers.



First, if you are going to replace the drive, don't get a combo drive
(what you describe), rather get a DVD burner (which will also do
everything else).  It won't cost much more (perhaps nothing more at all)
and it will do a lot more.

Replacing an optical drive in a laptop is problematic no matter what,
however.  You can't even replace a drive with the same make and model of
drive, in general, without risk of problems, unless you get the drive
from the laptop manufacturer.  The issues are mechanical, and many of
them involve the tray front & bezel, which are often custom to the
laptop (not the drive).  On some laptops, the drive faceplate has
compound curves and isn't even flat.

You can try a generic drive, it may work, it may not.  It depends on the
way and the extent to which the optical drive was customized by the
laptop manufacturer.

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