Old hp cdrw/ dvd gears out of sync



Ok I have a 2000 HP pavilion home pc, the real compacted one, and my cd drive gears are out of sync. When it closes it won’t close all the way and you can hear the gears inside just turning back and forth then just open back up. Is there any way to fix this or do I need to get a new drive. It is so compact that it would be a b!!ch to swap out, unless anyone has any sugestions. My thought was that if I had to get a new one just get an external usb drive. What do yall think and also would an external usb drive for a laptop work.


I honestly don’t think it would be that hard to swap it out with a new drive (which is exactly what I would do), but you should be fine going with an external drive if you wish…