Can I function without my dw514 external drive?

I inherited a dw514 external dvd/rw drive. Apparently It’s hay day was in the windows 7 and 8 era. But it works on 10. My Dell laptop will not recognize it and dell premium will not help since I did not buy it through them. True! I have been online for hours and tried all the “fixes” suggested. They were all very detailed so when it didn’t, I would go back and try again. Just to make sure I had followed directions. What It has boiled down to is the lack of the software installation disk. Ok what are my options? Do without a dvd player or is there some way to download a copy of the software disk? I could sure use some help!!