3 Best External CD/DVD Drive for Surface Pro in 2020 [Updated]

Although Microsoft Surface series laptops run Windows 10 systems, many users encounter that Windows 10 compatible external optical drives cannot run on Microsoft Surface Pro 2/4/5/6/7 laptop, as well as many other ultrathin laptops such as Lenovo Yoga, 11″ MacBook Pro, etc., the reason is the power shortage problem.

These laptops cannot supply sufficient power for similar big external devices such as external hard drives or optical drives. The phenomenon is that the indicator of the CD DVD drive will flash for a few seconds and then disappear. Although occasionally your computer can recognize the external optical drive, it still cannot play the disc.

Although this is not absolute, in order to save your time and avoid the trouble of returning, we tested and listed the following options for your reference, these external CD/DVD drives can run perfectly on these ultrathin laptops. Besides, the USB ports on the front panel of traditional desktop computers may not supply sufficient power for big external devices, but most external optical drives are equipped with a short cable, so these recommended external optical drives can effectively solve this problem.

(Updated on Jun 22, 2020 🙂 )

1. ROOFULL External CD DVD RW Drive Burner with Power Supply Cable

Specs & Features

  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Optical Drive Type: Reader, Writer, ReWriter
  • Compatible with Windows 10/8.1/7/xp, Linux and all versions of Mac OS
  • Supported discs: DVD +/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD+R(DL), DVD-R(SL), DVD-RAM, DVD-R(DL), CD-R, CD-RW
  • Max 24x CD Write Speed
  • Max 8x DVD±R Write Speed
  • Plug and play, no additional installation required
  • Come with the extra power supply cable: Please plug this power supply cable into a USB phone power adapter to get enough power.
  • Good customer service
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2. Dell USB CD DVD Drive-DW316

Specs & Features:

  • USB 3.0
  • Optical Drive Type: Reader, Writer, ReWriter
  • Supported discs: DVD +/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD+R(DL), DVD-R(SL), DVD-RAM, DVD-R(DL), CD-R, CD-RW
  • Compatible with Windows 10/8.1/7/xp, Linux and all versions of Mac OS
  • 24x (CD)/ 8x (DVD) read speed
  • 24x (CD)/ 8x (DVDR)/ 6x (DVDR DL) write speed
  • Plug and play, no additional installation required
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3. LG Electronics USB Super Multi Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer Drive – GP65NS60

Specs & Features:

  • USB 2.0 
  • Optical Drive Type: Reader, Writer, ReWriter
  • Supported discs: DVD +/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD+R(DL), DVD-R(SL), DVD-RAM, DVD-R(DL), CD-R, CD-RW
  • Max 8x DVD R Write Speed
  • Max 24x CD Write Speed
  • Come with Cyberlink Software
  • Support M Disc
  • No additional installation required
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FAQs:

Q: Is there any other way to use an external optical drive if I don’t like the above options?
A:
You can also use a powered (20 watt or above) USB hub to supply extra power for the external devices.

Q: Why can’t my Windows computer recognize the external optical drive?
A:  This is one common problem, it can be fixed, you can refer to this article to fix it: https://www.easeus.com/backup-utility/cd-dvd-missing-or-not-showing-up-in-windows-10.html

Q: Can you recommend some popular media player software to play CDs and DVDs?
A:
You can try free media player software such as 5KPlayer, VLC player, GOM Player for Windows and Mac OS.

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