Looking for 17.3" gaming laptop with DVD drive

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  1. Posts : 24
    Windows 10
       #1

    Looking for 17.3" gaming laptop with DVD drive


    Hi, I'm looking for a 17.3" gaming laptop with an optical drive for a 2nd hard drive caddy.

    Is there anything around?
    Thanks! =)
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  2. Posts : 18,430
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    Why not just look for one with an M.2 Slot and space for SATA SSD or HDD? I don't know what you would consider to be a gaming laptop, but my Dell Inspiron 7733 has an M.2 NVME SSD + 2.5" SATA SSD internal as well as NVidia Geforce MX150 discreet graphics with 2 GB video memory.

    Is there something special about needing a caddy in a DVD slot?
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  3. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #3

    It appears that optical drives are out of fashion in gaming laptops. Gaming Laptops - Newegg.com (450+ "gaming" laptops, none with an optical drive.)

    You may have to go used, if you demand an optical drive.
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  4. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Get a usb dvd drive for that occasional use.
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  5. Posts : 18,430
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    Redblade8 said:
    Hi, I'm looking for a 17.3" gaming laptop with an optical drive for a 2nd hard drive caddy.

    Is there anything around?
    Thanks! =)
    It looks like @Redblade8 only wants a DVD drive to use the slot for a HDD caddy, not for a DVD drive.
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  6. Posts : 6,293
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #6

    Are you looking for new or used laptops?

    As Navy explained, a laptop with a M.2 and a SSD (or a HDD) drive you won't need a ODD drive. As explained, new laptops don't even come with ODD.

    By the way, if you really want a game computer, build yourself a desktop. A laptop will never be a good gamer computer.
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  7. Posts : 24
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Hi, thanks for your replies! If there aren't any gaming laptops with an ODD to insert a 2nd hard drive caddy, what about laptops with an easy access plastic door on the bottom of the laptop? I don't want to disassemble the entire laptop or take off the whole bottom to get at the hard drive for when I upgrade.

    I'm looking for new laptops, 17.3", Intel i5, gtx 1650, one port to connect to 4k source @60hz. Virtualization ( IOMMU VT-D & VT-X ) specs or more.

    Thank you ^-^
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  8. Posts : 23,164
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       #8

    Redblade8 said:
    Hi, thanks for your replies! If there aren't any gaming laptops with an ODD to insert a 2nd hard drive caddy, what about laptops with an easy access plastic door on the bottom of the laptop? I don't want to disassemble the entire laptop or take off the whole bottom to get at the hard drive for when I upgrade.

    I'm looking for new laptops, 17.3", Intel i5, gtx 1650, one port to connect to 4k source @60hz. Virtualization ( IOMMU VT-D & VT-X ) specs or more.

    Thank you ^-^



    Go here, and use the navigation on the left...

    Gaming Laptops - Newegg.com



    Might also want to check these guys...

    XOTIC PC Gaming Laptops - Custom Laptop Builder
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  9. Posts : 4,201
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #9

    I have two main systems, A desktop and a laptop - neither of these devices has an Optical drive, I've been using this Desktop for a couple of years and In this time I have not used my portable Blu-Ray Writer more that a few times These have been for producing data for others who still use optical drives and for the occasional Software / Driver installs where I used the supplied disk, (often a mini sized disk), to transfer the installer from the optical to hard disk so if I had to reinstall I did not need to Faff about again.

    The laptop I've never even attached the optical drive as I would normally use the desktop to copy the Disk based software to my NAS for install on both systems.

    Now I know that the world of games uses optical disks due to its "need" to use anti piracy systems, so an optical drive may be a requirement until the games industry catches up with the rest of the ecosystem but I would not recommend the use of old hardware in modern systems unless it is an essential

    When i purchased my Dell XPS17 9700 laptop recently there was quite a hit in integrating the device into the rest of my system as the laptop only has USB-C Ports for all connections. lots of adaptors and hubs needed
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  10. Posts : 24
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Hi, thanks for your replies! =)

    An SSD would be good, but Id need a way to easily get to it, from the bottom of the laptop via a plastic access panel, or through the side of the laptop in an ODD, or slide out HDD slot.

    Here's some pictures:

    Access Panel
    Looking for 17.3" gaming laptop with DVD drive-tsyv1btm1z5olrqk.jpg


    Slide out HDD slot.
    Looking for 17.3" gaming laptop with DVD drive-e6530-harddrive-remove.jpg

    Other option is an optical/dvd drive, but it seems that no gaming laptops have them anymore.

    The access panel option seems to be the way to go. I'm just having trouble finding a system with it.
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