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How to change region code in Windows computer? Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type in devmgmt.msc and press Enter. When the Device Manager window opens, expand DVD/CD-ROM drives. Right-click on your DVD player and then select Properties. Click on the DVD Region tab. Select the region in which you want to change and click OK. How to change region code in Mac computer? Insert the DVD into the optical drive on your Mac computer. A dialog box will open, prompting you to select a region for your DVD drive. Consult the DVD package to verify which region code to use. For example, Canada, the United States,…

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If you want to back up your phone’s photos to a disc or play DVD movies on your Android Smart TV through a portable external CD/DVD drive, an Android-compatible external CD/DVD drive writer can save you the tedious process of having to transfer data through a computer. Normally, we can use an Android-compatible external CD/DVD drive to read and write CD and DVD discs on multi-OS including Android OS (phone, tablets, TV, TV box, projector, set-top box, etc.), Fire OS (Amazon Fire TV, tablet), Windows and Mac computers. In this article, we will introduce and keep updating the best external…

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The answer is NO! No manufacturer or brand has released an external Blu-ray drive for Android devices (phone and tablet) yet. The reason may be that not many users need to read and write Blu-ray discs on their Android phones or tablets.  We will keep up on the dynamics of external optical drive manufacturers and will update here as soon as possible if they release external Blu-ray optical drives for Android devices. If you just want to read/write CDs and DVDs on your Android devices (Android phone, tablet, TV, TV Box, projector, etc.), you can check the best external CD/DVD…

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Most external optical drives are designed for Windows, Linux, and Mac computers, which can not work with iOS and Android OS cellphones/tablets. But since 2021, Hitachi has released a portable external CD/DVD RW optical drive (Hitachi LG GP96Y), which is not only compatible with Windows and Mac computers like other external optical drives but also can be used on devices running Android (such as Android phones, Android tablets, Android TV, Android TV box, Android projector) and Amazon Fire OS device.Use steps on Android devices: Download ‘Disclink Platinum’ app and ‘True DVD’ app on Google Play Store Connect the drive and…

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Normally when you plug in an external optical drive to the USB-A/USB-C/Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer, you will see it appear on the desktop. You can also see it in the Finder in the left column under Locations (or Devices on older versions of macOS). If your Apple Mac computers (including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini) cannot detect an external optical drive, please try the following methods to troubleshoot: Method 1: Try the external optical drive on another Mac or PC. If the external optical drive is recognized and works well on another Mac or PC, it means…

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If the front bezel (front panel) of your external optical drive is loose or dropped during transportation or use, you can refer to the steps below to restore it. This method is suitable for most external CD/DVD/Blu-ray drives on the market and laptop internal optical drives. Step 1: Normally, the left side of the front panel (bezel) will be loose as below. Please slowly remove the front panel from the left to right side, be careful not to break the buckle. Step 2: Remove the front panel (bezel) and make sure that the fixing buckle is not broken. Step 3:…

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It’s a common problem we may encounter when using an external CD/DVD/Blu-ray optical drive or an external hard drive on your Windows (11/10/8.1/8/7) computer. Here are some troubleshooting methods for your reference, these methods are applicable to Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP computers. Method 1:Remove the USB hub and plug the data cable directly into your computer unless your USB hub has its own power supply. In addition to the data cable, some external optical drives have an additional power supply cable, the power cable cannot transmit data. Please do not use the wrong cable. Method 2:  If…

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The answer is NO! Most cars or trucks are equipped with a USB interface instead of an old CD-ROM player. Many friends think that you can use a USB external optical drive to play music CDs in the car to relieve driving fatigue. Why? Because the most external optical drives currently on the market are mainly for laptops, tablets, or desktop computers running Windows, Mac, and Linux. Many cars vehicle systems are not compatible with these external optical drives although they may be able to read the music on the USB flash drive. Is it possible to use an external…

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All external optical drives that use trays to load discs have a forced eject button in the hole next to the eject button. If you can’t open the tray by pressing the eject button or clicking the optical drive icon, please use a toothpick or a paperclip to press the button in the forced ejection hole and get your disc back. *This method is not suitable for slot-in optical drives. Why the tray cannot be open? Two possible reasons: Power shortage: The USB port on your computer or USB hub cannot supply enough power for the external optical drive, you…

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The short answer is NO!  What is the region code? DVD (digital versatile disc) region codes are a digital rights management technique designed to allow rights holders to control the international distribution of a DVD release, including its content, release date, and price, all according to the appropriate region. Know more on Wikipedia. Every external CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive only has 4~5 times to change the region code. After that, the drive will retain the setting for the last region used. If your drive is set to Region 1, which includes Canada, the United States, and U.S. territories, you cannot watch a DVD from another region such as…

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