Laptop + DVD-RW?

I’ve owned this Lite-On burner for a few months with no problems (installed in my desktop, by me):

I’ve got a decent level of experience with desktop hardware (have built 2, done infrequent maintenance on them for a few years), but I’m about to purchase a laptop for the first time. The problem is that I can get a great deal on a pretty barebones Dell (which is all I need) through my school, but it comes with only a 24X CD-RW (no reconfiguration allowed). I won’t have my desktop with me, so I won’t be able to burn DVDs unless…

Two questions:

  1. One nice thing about this laptop is the extended warranty, so I’m worried that if I just remove the CD-RW and install a DVD-RW drive, then that warranty will be voided. But then again, if a problem comes up, couldn’t I just reinstall the original drive, or would settings in my CMOS be changed that technicians would take note of and therefore say my product is out of warranty?

  2. Is there any way I’d be able to run this drive externally? I know nothing about laptops, i.e. what kind of connectors I’ll even be able to access without opening it up, etc. I’d rather do this if it’s possible…

Thanks for any advice!

Sure you’ll have a lot of USB2 ports, external burner is the best choice. And if something goes wrong your warranty will stay valid. :slight_smile:

Yeah, I just don’t want to have to drop extra cash on an external burner, especially since my upcoming move will cost me quite a bit anyway… is it that hard to install optical drives in laptops? Do you have to buy special “slim” drives?