my ND-5100A in my HP-notebook (nx9005, two years old) does not read most cd-roms anymore and makes funny “knocking” noises. I tried various things but nothing did help. It’s out of warranty, so I want to replace the drive. I asked HP-Support what drives would fit in my notebook but they could not give me an answer, instead they wanted to sell me a ND-5100A for an insane amount of money.
I wanted to ask you, if it is possible to replace it with a newer NEC drive (like ND-7551).
The bezel on my old drive is black and has a plain rectangle shape (14 mm x 128 mm, 0.55" x 5").
The drive is attached to the secondary IDE channel as master. Since the NEC drives come by default as master I don’t need to flash the firmware. Am I right???
Thanks for any help in advance!!!