Even though digital formats are very frequently used nowadays, the DVD and Blu-ray discs can be used to store more digital information. The majority of the newest movies are still released in the form of DVD or Blu-ray discs in the first place. Since you still have the need to own DVDs, then another question follows that is how to play these DVDs. Well, a laptop with the DVD drive could be easily adopted and used as the excellent tool to present the DVD playback. You can learn how to install new DVD drive and how to select DVD drive in the following article.

Part 1: Why Should You Need a DVD Drive for Your Computer and Laptop

Usually, you can choose a computer to play DVDs which is more convenient. In order to play the DVDs successfully on your computer, what you must prepare is the DVD drive. If you are not convinced by this statement, you can make your own decision before checking the following reasons.

1. Play the old multimedia content

Digital media contents are only available in recent years. But you may also have clustered a lot of old CDs and DVDs at your home. Usually, these CDs and DVDs have been bought very a large sum of money which can be able to provide you with the lossless quality. Now, if you can have the DVD drive on your computer or laptop, those contents could be played then.

2. Write data on a disc

If you don’t have such a large pile of CDs or DVDs, then do you have any further need for writing a disc in your life? The disc drive on your computer or laptop could provide users with an easy and convenient form of storage that could efficiently release your space on your computer. What’s more, for example, a CD backup is supposed to be one of the best options in the future days.

3. Simple Driver Installation

Installing a DVD drive for a computer or laptop would only cost you a bit more time on installation. Here, if you can think in a round way, then installing the DVD drive could not be avoided by you. Furthermore, nowadays, the driver installation is quite simple and you would not be confused by the comprehensive steps.

Part 2: How to Install DVD Drive Hardware onto Laptop and Computer Easily

Well, if your computer or laptop has not been embedded with the DVD drive, then you may wonder how to install a DVD drive on Windows 10, or how to install CD DVD drive in the laptop. Based on the most frequently asked questions, the only thing you should do is to install a DVD drive to your computer. This part can be only completed if both DVD drive hardware and DVD drive software have been installed. Concerning the DVD drive hardware, here, you can turn to some powerful external DVD drive that could be easily connected to your laptop or computer easily. The external DVD drive usually is in the form of USB instead of the traditional large DVD drive which may occupy too much space on your computer.

Installing external drive

After obtaining a DVD drive, then you need to know how to install it on your computer. Installing a new DVD drive is not very difficult; especially installing a new external DVD drive is quite easy. You only just need to connect the external DVD drive with a USB cable to your computer and then the computer will detect the DVD drive automatically and it will appear many prompts to install the driver which usually came with it or can be downloaded from the manufacturer.

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Installing internal drive

Compared with external drive installation, installing an internal DVD drive is much more complex. But in general, what you need to do is to put the internal drive in the proper place inside the computer and connect the SATA port to your motherboard and finally connect the power supply to the drive. Then the external DVD drive can run smoothly.

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Part 3: How to Install DVD Drive Software on Windows and Mac

Since you have prepared the DVD drive for your computer or laptop, then apart from the physical DVD drive, a piece of third-party DVD drive software should also be needed so that the DVD discs could be played smoothly on Windows and Mac. Then, how to install a DVD drive in Windows 8 or Windows 10? Or, if you have adopted an external DVD drive, how to install an external DVD drive on Windows 8? For your better references, the following steps are helpful.

Step 1. Prepare your DVD drive, both internal and external are OK. Follow the steps showed in the last part to complete the DVD drive installation. Here I would set the external DVD drive as the example to show you how to install a DVD drive on a PC.
Step 2. Wait for Windows or Mac to detect the DVD drive. Once the external DVD drive has been connected to your computer, it would be automatically detected by your computer.

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Step 3. Install the DVD drive software on Windows and Mac. Usually a DVD drive program would come with your DVD drive. If not, you can download it from the manufacturer. After the DVD drive software has been downloaded, then just follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers. If your drive did not install itself, you may need to install the drivers that came with it or that you downloaded from the manufacturer. Follow the prompts to install the drivers. You may be asked to restart your computer after installation.

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Part 4: Free DVD Player for Your Computer and Laptop

Once you have successfully downloaded and installed DVD drive on your computer, now what you freely play all kinds of DVDs and Blu-ray discs on your computer or laptop. But, before playing these physical disc contents, you need to prepare a professional DVD player. Here, Leawo Blu-ray Player can be your excellent choice. Leawo Blu-ray Player contains all media playback solutions you need for your leisure entertainment, including 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, CD, HD (4K), MPEG, WMV and so on. With advanced image and audio processing technology, Leawo Blu-ray Player provides you extraordinary movie playback and cinema-like experience. Furthermore, within Leawo Blu-ray Player, you could obtain the personalized settings according to your preference and all the settings could be done automatically. You can even convert Blu-ray to MKV files for backup if you upgrade to the premium. In the following, I will list the detailed tutorial.


Leawo Free Blu-ray Player 

☉ 100% free movie player for Windows & Mac users to play Ultra HD 4K, 1080P and 720P videos.

☉ Free Blu-ray/DVD player to play 4K disc, folder and ISO file, regardless of disc protection and region code.

☉ Support multiple audio decoding systems like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc.

☉ Adjust subtitles, video and audio during media playback.

☉ Serves as a powerful Blu-ray/DVD to MKV converter to convert Blu-ray/DVD disc, folder and ISO image to MKV with lossless quality and high speed.

Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Player and install it.
Step 2. Enter the main interface and load the disc to your computer. Once you have imported the DVD disc to the DVD disc drive, then this media player could immediately detect the movie icon on the main interface. Click it to enter the main panel.


Part 5: How to Burn Movies and Videos to DVD

Just as mentioned above, if your computer or laptop has not been inserted with the DVD drive, you would not be allowed to burn movies or videos to DVD. Now if you have installed the DVD drive to your computer, now you can freely burn your preferred movies and videos to DVD discs with the help of an additional DVD burning program. Concerning of the best DVD burning program, Leawo DVD Creator would rank the first place in recent years. Users can easily burn movies and videos to DVD with Leawo DVD Creator in several steps. With Leawo DVD Creator, you can burn more than 180 formats videos in formats like RMVB, MKV, MOV, and FLV to DVD-9 and DVD-5 discs with 6X higher speed than others. You can easily burn movies to DVD by referring to the following steps.

Step 1. Download Leawo DVD Creator and install it on your computer.
Step 2. Insert an empty DVD disc to the computer’s drive.
Step 3. Open the program and import the reluctant video files to the main panel of the program by clicking “Add Video”, or you can simply drag the targeted video to the program directly.

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Step 4. Set the disc menu templates. You can choose from the templates library in the right-hand column or you can DIY your own disc menu.

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Step 5. Start burning DVD. Once all the templates have been selected, click the green “Burn” icon on the top right-hand corner to start the DVD burning process. And you will be required to confirm “Burn to”, “Disc Label” and “Save to” options.

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