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Chromebook: Can I Use An External DVD Drive?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips

deEtt from Minnesota writes:

I just purchased a Chromebook, can I use an external DVD drive with it?

Yes and no. According to Google, you can read from a USB DVD or CD-ROM drive, but you cannot write to them.  So you may be able to access pictures and documents burned to  DVD.


You  won’t be able to play DVD movies, though. Chromebooks are designed to be used with the cloud, the idea being that you will store your data to your Google Drive and stream your content from online services.

~ Cynthia


3 Responses to “Chromebook: Can I Use An External DVD Drive?”

  1. Shanker says:

    This restriction in Chromebook is unnecessary and irritating!

    • cynthia says:

      It’s not really a restriction put in place – it’s just a by-product of what a Chromebook is compared to a PC. A Chromebook, like a tablet is intended to be a web appliance with the idea of date being stored in the cloud. Think of a Chromebook as a tablet in the body of a laptop. That’s why it’s important to do a little research before you buy and not be drawn in by the relatively low price of many Chromebooks.

  2. Mike says:

    You can play any CD/DVD/Blu-ray disks by Chromebook (Chromebase) like in this video:

    P.S. If you model don’t support HDMI input then you should install appropriate video codec on it.

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