That's a bummer. Have checked to see if the optical drive is registering in the BIOS setup?
It is possible to replace optical drives in many notebooks. I replaced the original DVD-RW drive in my Asus G50Vt with a Blu-ray burner
i7-4770K, H70, Gryphon Z87, 16 GiB, R9-290, SSD, 2 HD, Blu-ray, SB ZX, TJ08-E, SS-660XP², 3007WFP+2001FP, RK-9000BR, MX518