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    CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    I really don't want to buy a new notebook at this point...but my CD/DVD drive has stopped reading media. How difficult is it to put in a new drive. I have a bit of knowledge with computers...more with desktops than notebooks. I have a pretty standard Dell notebook that is about 4 years old.

    Any suggestions as to where to purchase a new CD/DVD drive?

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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Depending on what model it is...It should be a 10 second job.
    It should just pop out and then you slide then new one in.



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Depending on what model it is...It should be a 10 second job.
    It should just pop out and then you slide then new one in.
    Now that is what I like to hear! Thanks! I was hoping I would not have to remove the casing or anything...would I?



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    What is the model of you laptop?



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Usually a screw or two to "free" the drive. Slide it out...slide in new and replace screws to hold new drive.



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    What is the model of you laptop?
    Dell Inspiron 9300



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Documentation

    This should show you how to do it for your model.



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    Dell Inspiron 9300
    That's funny. I have a 9300 with a bad drive too. My stopped writing some time ago, and now has issues reading too. What did you get for a replacement drive?



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    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
    Documentation

    This should show you how to do it for your model.
    Thanks much! I don't think I could screw this up? Wait...I shouldn't have gone there...tomorrow I will post saying I blew my computer up!

    Any suggestions as to where to buy from? Best Buy or online somewhere?



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Quote Originally Posted by HOTDON View Post
    That's funny. I have a 9300 with a bad drive too. My stopped writing some time ago, and now has issues reading too. What did you get for a replacement drive?
    I haven't purchased one yet. Open to suggestions. I have a friend who purchased a 9300 the same day I did. His drive went bad a month ago. I was wondering if there was an update that caused the problem? Probably not...but strange that both drives went out at the same time.



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Online would be the best place IMO..
    But, I do know you probably won't be too happy with the price of a Laptop CD/DVD Drive. They are a "bit" more expensive than desktop drives.



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    If you want to get it direct from Dell (refurbished):

    CD/DVD Drives : System Drives : Parts & Upgrades | Dell



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    I haven't purchased one yet. Open to suggestions.
    If you want to avoid opening it up you could always go with an external and just connect by firewire or usb.


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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
    If you want to get it direct from Dell (refurbished):

    CD/DVD Drives : System Drives : Parts & Upgrades | Dell
    Thanks. That seems pricey? So...would something like this work?

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...-DO-NP&cat=DVD

    Or do different models have different shapes/sizes?



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    Re: CD/DVD Drive in Notebook

    I ebay those parts. There are alot of businesses that stock this crap for later sale and will sell it to you much cheaper.



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