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P70: Buying internal or external optical drive?

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P70: Buying internal or external optical drive?

#1 Post by digait » Sat May 01, 2021 3:06 pm


I'm about to buy a P70 which will come without an optical drive.

I would prefer an internal one (DVD RW, no Blue Ray).
Apart from an original Lenovo drive, what else fits (and is good)?

The alternative - an USB drive ... ?
Personally I don't like such cable-attached "add-ons" but maybe
that there USB drives which are technically better, more reliable than an internal one?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: P70: Buying internal or external optical drive?

#2 Post by w0qj » Wed May 05, 2021 12:06 pm


We don't have P70, so here are our general ThinkPad buying advice:

1) P70 with no DVD drive?
Make sure there is no "hole" where there was supposed to have DVD drive.
Otherwise your P70 would literally have a "hold" where internal DVD drive was supposed to be.

Other options, if these are still available (not sure), to help cover up your hole:
~Up to 512GB SSD with Bay Adapter Travel Bezel
www.lenovo.com/hk/en/laptops/thinkpad/t ... 2TP2WPWP70

2) External DVD Read/Write Drive is a more flexible solution, especially if you have other notebook computers to share it with. IMHO.
We used this ThinkPad one and it's very reliable and light-weight:
www.lenovo.com/hk/en/accessories-and-mo ... 4XA0E97775

3) If your P70 really has "hole" where internal DVD drive was supposed to be, personally I would try to buy the OEM internal DVD drive (new or refurbished) just to cover up the hole.
But it's not cost effective, especially if/when this OEM DVD drive breaks down years down the road.

Good luck!
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