Hey Guys. I have a project due monday. I need to burn it to a DVD. But, I dont have a DVD Drive. I only have DVD Rom drive. My dad has one in his computer, but he wont let me use it. I have a couple DVD Discs. He is gone all day usually. I was thinking about putting his DVD Drive in my computer, burning the disc, then putting it back in my dads computer. But there is a few things I need t know first. 1) When I put it back in his computer will it say "New Hardware Found?" 2) It probably has some big files on it, will those stay intact? 3) If it just happens it has Windows on the DVD Drive (I dont think it does) what will happen when i put it in my comp/back in his?
???????? windows , nor any files will NOT be on his DVD drive. I think you have optical drives and harddrives confused. First off, don't do nothing sneaky like that. If he has little faith/trust in you this is NOT going to help matters. If you have a legitamate use because of your school work then have him do it by all means. Or explain it to the teacher, transfer your data on a flash/jump drive or CD/R and ask for assistance that way. But don't do nothing sneaky like that, that's just wrong. Plus, you'll need drivers and such to install the optical drive, there's more to it than plopping it in. Yes, there is a potential that the New Hardware will pop up and he will know. If you want to earn his trust back don't go around sneaking behind his back, that's not something I'd help sponsor. Just go about it the right way and you'll feel better about yourself.
Indeed, the DVD drive in an optical drive, not a hard drive. Therefore it holds no actual data.
You might try buring the project onto multiple CD's and taking them to school and using a DVD burner there (if you have a DVD burner availiable to you). Or you could get your self a jump drive (ie, a USB memory sitck), but they can be a bit pricey.
Transferring the drive should work just fine, I've had to do it myself a couple times. As long as the jumper is in the same position and his pc isn't started without the drive in it, it will be like it never happened. But, after the "files left on the drive" comment, it might be better if you didn't mess with it. And, I know if my daughter did that to my pc without asking or after being told not to, I'd probably take away her pc for a long time.
As an alternative...
Assuming you have a cd burner, what you can do is split up the large file (I'm assuming it's larger than 700mb and doesn't fit on a single CD-R) and then burn it to multiple CD's. You can do this with winRAR (and other programs), a free compression program. You can set it to create a self extracting exe file that is split up into 700mb or smaller chunks which you can transfer to the school's computer and rebuild it there without having to install winRAR.
If the files are already smaller than 700mb, well.... hopefully I needent explain what to do next.
That is basically what marvinmatthew posted, just expanded a bit.
I would call your dad and beg him to be honest. Just beg him to use it, alot eaysier and simple. What is the project, maybe email it?