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
i7-6700K, NT06-Pro, GA-Z170N-Gaming5, 32 GiB, 980Ti, SM951, 5TB HDD, Blu-ray, FTZ01, SX600-G, 3007WFP+2001FP, RK-9000BR, MX518