Working on dozens of laptops (probably about 40+, and am NOT afraid to dive into them), I have pretty much found that all optical drives for them contain the same ATAPI connector on the back of the drive itself (not the bridgeboard in the caddy). I assume now, that pretty much all of the optical drives (not counting the SATA ones that are coming out) that all of these drives are pretty standard, right? (except the early apple iMac ones and early powerbooks, right?)
Am I safe to assume, that if I buy and optical drive on ebay, i will pretty much be able to use it in ANY modern laptop?
I am looking at This Combo drive (and have bid on it) And am hoping it will work in a caddy on my newly acquired laptop. I seem to find they are in the standard location (the drive itself) I just want a confirmation, so I don't end up having to track down an exact drive)
I tried a Dell Combo Drive (took it out of the caddy) and put it into the caddy of the CD-ROM on my laptop, and it worked (but the laser in the drive is SEVERELY scratched, so I only got it to read a disc just once) And know this principal is pretty much that.
Can I get a confirmation that my theory is correct?
I am not a laptop proffesional when it comes to part standards (maybe someone who has worked at a company that produces laptops) so i just want to know if this is safe to assume this.