1. Brian282's Avatar
    I really love my surface, but I purchased this thing because of the pen and its ability to run legacy apps. I really need to run an external DVD drive but my Samsung B128 low power drive won't even boot up. WTH....

    What are you running that actually works without a hub.

    Is there a HUB that will run off both ports? I don't want to carry cords just to spin a drive for 5min to boot an app.

    Is there a cheapo hub?

    Its a 3.0 USB for crying out loud.....
    09-11-2015 11:35 PM
  2. Dietrich Cleijne's Avatar
    Why would you need a dvd drive?
    09-11-2015 11:51 PM
  3. Brian282's Avatar
    Because I have a 400.00 program (Boardmaker) that still requires a CD to boot up. As a school teacher I use it to run my calendar and half of my instruction time with Preschool kids. The goal is to Miracast everything from my tablet.
    09-12-2015 02:25 AM
  4. abhinavsaprey's Avatar
    If you have a computer with a DVD drive, slide in the disk in question and create an image file using Daemon tools or other similar application.

    Then copy the image file to your Surface and mount the image with built in Windows feature. This way you won't need to carry both the drive and the disk. Hope this helps.
    09-12-2015 03:44 AM
  5. Brian282's Avatar
    I can try it... but last time I gave it a go daemon tools didn't like boardmakers encryption program.

    Mind you that was one or two years in the past...

    Thanks for the reminder...
    09-12-2015 06:39 AM
  6. lordcpaq's Avatar
    whit I have found is that if your DVD/blue ray crave has the y USB connector you can plug one of them into a USB battery pack like for a cellphone and drive will work.
    10-22-2015 06:06 PM
  7. jack69453's Avatar
    There are DVDRW drives available that only require a single straight cable. You can perhaps try getting one of those.

    If you have one that uses the Y cable, you can try connecting the micro USB charge port on the Surface to a OTG USB cable and connecting the DVD drive to that as well as the full sized USB3 port at the top of the tablet.
    10-26-2015 12:18 PM
  8. GizmoEV's Avatar
    I have a LG Portable Super Multi Drive DVD RW/R, model GP08NU6B manufactured 2011-04-07 that works for playing a DVD so I assume it will read a CD just fine. I only have to use the USB 3 port on the Surface 3 and no external power.
    11-09-2015 10:00 PM
  9. bockersjv's Avatar
    I bought a cheap Samsung dvd drive that does the job too. Use it to rip cds and run a few older programs. Only 18
    Samsung Electronics Ultra-Slim Optical Drives SE-208GB/RSBD Black - Ebuyer
    11-12-2015 03:04 PM

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