thanks for the reply,
i would also really like to know what to look for in a laptop drive to know if it is compatible with my laptop.
im gonna buy the same drive for replacement but would still like to learn about the different factors when looking for a compatible drive for future reference.
does anyone have any info they can give/ link me?
right now what i have found out from google is that the ide settings of the drive are some to look at
any more info would be appreciated
P.S. right now my pipe dream would be to put the drive in my laptop http://www.impactcomputers.com/bc-5500a.html
here is a link to the specs of the disk drives that could of come with the laptop http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/2007/Triton/2528265R/2528265Rtc.shtml
the particular drive in my laptop is the sony ad-7563a
if anyone can confirm that the BD Disk drive would/would't work in my laptop and why/why not would really be giving me a hand