As media moves from optical to digital, many are finding that the DVD optical drive in their notebook doesn’t have much use anymore. In fact, many new notebooks don’t even ship with an optical drive. But an unused optical drive doesn’t need to go to waste: you can simply turn it into a storage drive.
A storage drive can replace an optical drive since both connect to a computer in the same way. The most common connection for notebooks purchased up to five years ago, is a Serial ATA (SATA), making the swap relatively easy. Some models might have a Paralell ATA (PATA) instead, but the experts at NotebookReview know the ins and outs of laptops, so that’s covered as well.
So why bother doing this? Upgrading an optical bay to a storage drive can maximize a notebook’s usefulness, by expanding storage to accommodate growing needs. Your best bet is to look at how much storage you have already used, and then increase it by two or three times that amount.