How can I disable my DVD drive that broke in my computer when I dropped it?

by on February 7, 2011

Q: I need your help. I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 computer with Windows Vista. At one point, I dropped the computer and it broke the DVD drive. Every time I turn the computer on, it makes the most annoying sound in the world. I already found out that it would be expensive to fix it.

Since the computer itself isn’t that good and since I don’t use the DVD drive, I don’t want to spent the money to replace it. I just want it to stop making this noise!

I tried to disable the DVD drive under Device Manager. I also tried to uninstall it. But it still makes this noise when I turn it on. Is it because it is automatically a part of the startup with Windows? Any advice on what I can do to get rid of this noise? I didn’t want to take it out, because then there would be this hole in my computer.

One Response to “How can I disable my DVD drive that broke in my computer when I dropped it?”

    At this point the only thing that is going to make it stop is to cut the power to the drive. You should be able to open up the laptop, and unplug the power to the DVD drive. Just leave the dead drive in there to take up the space.

    With the power for the drive not hooked up the drive won’t get detected and won’t be able to spin up. You can unhook the data cable too if you want it really won’t make a difference either way.