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I have an HP Pavilion zd7058cl laptop. The optical drive is a GCC-4241N (SO5DA)
Which I believe is made by LG. The HP part number is 344860-001. Since this
is a DVD-ROM/CD-RW, I would like to replace it with a DVD+/-RW. Are the optical
drives in laptops designed to only fit a specific make and model or is there
a way to install a product not offered by the laptop manufacturer.
I was looking at the NEC ND-5500A
Thanks for your time and consideration.
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This is a duplicate question: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Laptops_Notebooks/Q_21141586.html

You basically can't use any optical drive in a laptop, because they have specific bays they have to fit in.  If the manufacturer doesn't have one you like, consider an external USB drive enclosure like this: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-146-308&depa=0
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Yes! you can use a  different optical drive as long as you move the caddy and faceplate from the old one to the new one!
Good luck!
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