In the digital era, you may tend to share videos and movies in many digital formats, such as MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV and so on. These resources in digital formats are much more convenient to store and share. Besides, they are less space-consuming and less fragile. Under the circumstances, shall we give up buying the hard DVD discs? Are there any demands for DVD or Blu-ray discs? Absolutely, the answers are positive. Even though digital formats are very frequently used nowadays, the DVD and Blu-ray discs can be used to store more digital information. What’s more, in the current market, majority of the newest movies are 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. Usually, you can choose computer to play the DVDs which is more convenient. In order to play the DVDs successfully on your computer, what you must prepare is the DVD drive. Today we are going to discuss something about DVD drive. You can learn how to install new DVD drive and how to select DVD drive in the following article.

Part 1: Blu-ray drive? DVD drive?

Before buying a DVD drive, you need to decide which type drive you need, Blu-ray drive or common DVD drive? Usually, DVD drive has various types including DVD, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW which represent different read and write capabilities of the drive. Most drives can easily read and write DVD discs. Compared with common DVD drive, Blu-ray drive can store significantly more data and can allow you to play HD and Blu-ray discs as well. Blu-ray discs can play common DVD discs, but on the other hand, the Blu-ray discs are not compatible with standard DVD drive. Of course, Blu-ray drive will usually cost more than standard DVD drive.

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Part 2: Internal? External?

The second question you need to consider before buying drives is that do you need an internal drive or an external drive. From the meaning of the word, it is obvious to know that an internal drive is installed inside of the computer while an external drive is used as a portable device which is connected to your computer by an USB cable. If you are using a desktop computer, then you can choose both types. If you are using a laptop computer, then an external drive will be more convenient. In some special case, for example, your computer doesn’t have enough space for installing DVD drive such as Mac, you can only install an external drive. In general, there are few of differences between an internal drive and an external drive. The costs may vary but don’t have too many differences.

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Part 3: How to install a DVD drive?

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 an 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 4: How to play a DVD through the new DVD drive?

After installing a new DVD drive in your computer, then you can enjoy the DVD discs freely. How to play a DVD after inserting to the DVD drive? Usually, it can be detected by the default media player on your player. But here in order to provide better DVD watching experience, I will strongly recommend Leawo Blu-ray Player for your option. As an all-in-one totally free media player, it can’t only act as a player which supports most video playback solutions, it can also be used as an excellent DVD player which can help you to play the DVD with the best audio and video quality retained. For the detailed tutorials, please refer to the following.


Leawo Free Blu-ray Player 

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

☉ Free Blu-ray disc player to play 4K Blu-ray disc and 1080P Blu-ray disc, 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.

Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Player and run it on your computer.

Step 2. Insert the DVD disc to the new DVD drive. After inserting the DVD disc to the drive, then the disc name will appear on the home interface.

Step 3. Click the disc name on the home interface to start playing. You only need to click the second icon (usually the DVD disc name will appear in the middle of the home interface) which shows the disc name. Then the DVD will be played on Leawo Blu-ray Player. If your disc contains menu, you will be able to operate on the menu to choose chapters. Use mouse to navigate DVD menu and use Virtual remote controller to navigate Blu-ray menu.


Step 4. Set subtitles. After loading the DVD, you can clearly see the subtitles contained in the DVD disc and you can set the related subtitles parameters. You only need to move your mouse to the upper left of the screen where you can see four icons. You can select the first icon and a pop-up window for subtitles setting will appear which includes “Enable subtitles”, “Subtitle offset”, “Subtitle selecting”, “Browse for subtitle”.


Step 5. Set audio and video settings. The video and audio setting process is as the same as subtitle settings. Click the second icon and the third icon in the title area to set video parameters and audio parameters respectively. The editing features of Leawo Blu-ray Player could allow you to obtain a customized video and will give you more special watching experience.




After installing DVD drive on your computer, now you can freely watch all kinds of DVD discs. With the help of Leawo Blu-ray Player, you can enjoy better DVD watching experience and you will love it.