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Old 08-15-09, 05:14 PM   #1
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(Geek) Which is more desirable?

On a laptop's optical drive: the all too common tray drive mechanism or a slot drive like on automotive audio systems?
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Old 08-15-09, 05:14 PM   #2
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I like slots. They're easy.

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I like the slot better. Less stuff to break.
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Old 08-15-09, 05:35 PM   #4
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agree with cbad. It would be good though if the slow wasnt built into the body but rather a pop out module that you can replace say something happens.
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I like the slot better. Less stuff to break.
That was my impression when we went shopping last weekend for a new laptop for the oldest. Apparently, a HP with slick webcam graphics trumps a Dell with a slot drive, RAM expandable up to 8GB, and Core2Duo processor.
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If at all possible, I would never purchase a laptop with a slot-load drive. Way to easy to get a disc stuck in there and not be able to get it out. Case in point: apple g4 laptop, mainboard decided to go south and disc was stuck in slot drive. There was NO WAY to get that disc out, bar disassembling the laptop. Also witnessed an HP laptop eat a disc and not want to give it back. When you have a catastrophic failure on a tray drive, you can always jam a straightened out paperclip in the emergency release and force it open.
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If at all possible, I would never purchase a laptop with a optical drive. Have an external dvd writer that we use on occasion but otherwise why carry the extra weight. Haven't had a removable media drive since 2003.
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I don't like slot loading CD/DVD drives. Too easy to get something stuck, and there is little to no way to remove it without a complete dissassembly of the laptop, and perhaps the drive. Yes, slot loading drives are sleeker and cooler to insert/eject media, but one dvd with a thick label may completely ruin it.

Tray loading may seem a little more cumbersome, but I can put in the DVR mini disks, or other oddball shaped disks and not worry. If something gets stuck, a paperclip will fix the issue.
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I definitely prefer tray, the slot loading drives are slick looking but as others have mentioned if something gets stuck in one, it's stuck for good.
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One of the most trouble free CD drives I've ever had were the ones from Sun (like this one in an ebay auction.) They used a manual tray system, and when ejected just popped out an inch or so. Very simple, very reliable.
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If at all possible, I would never purchase a laptop with a slot-load drive. Way to easy to get a disc stuck in there and not be able to get it out. Case in point: apple g4 laptop, mainboard decided to go south and disc was stuck in slot drive. There was NO WAY to get that disc out, bar disassembling the laptop. Also witnessed an HP laptop eat a disc and not want to give it back. When you have a catastrophic failure on a tray drive, you can always jam a straightened out paperclip in the emergency release and force it open.
Point taken. Had an old desktop where the tray failed to eject and then the power supply went out. Never got that Poppit disc out.

Also, I'd be afraid that my 5 yr old son would try to insert a coin into the slot like a video game.
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One of the most trouble free CD drives I've ever had were the ones from Sun (like this one in an ebay auction.) They used a manual tray system, and when ejected just popped out an inch or so. Very simple, very reliable.
Have most manufacturer's stopped making their laptop drives this way? Sure there's no sexy whirring sound, but having fewer parts to fail is always a bonus in my opinion.
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Anyone remember the cd caddies?

http://www.oldsoftware.com/caddies.html
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I had an odd disc that didn't want to eject from my ibook's slot drive a couple of years ago. Google helped then, as now: http://guides.macrumors.com/Force_Ej...tuck_CD_or_DVD

I'll take a slot drive over a tray any day, though I suppose an external drive would do just as well, and save some weight/space.
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