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Installing cd drive

I was trying to install another cd drive computer. I am able to remove the front bezel but there is still a piece of metal blocking the 5.25 bay. Anyone knows how to remove that?

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  • beisong Nov 12, 2008

    u mean just knock and it will come off?
    it looks pretty tough to be knock off
    lol



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That piece of metal is called a knockout. It's there to block off that area as long as you don't have anything installed there, to maintain a seal for cooling purposes. You can remove it by simply knocking it out or twisting it. Once you have be careful where the tabs were attached may be sharp, use caution until you get your new drive install to block the edges.

Hope this helps.

Dave

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

  • David Preston
    David Preston Nov 12, 2008

    it might take a lil effort but it is pre cut ther should be somewhere between 2 to 6 little tabs keeping it attached



    Good Luck

    Dave

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The piece of metal is a punch out and you will need a flat head screw driver to pry it from the corner of the punch out then bend it back and forth until it release from the small connecting points around the metal, this will fatigue the metal and break away from the opening.

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

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I am preparing to install a 2nd DVD burner in the E380, and have done quite a bit of research and prep, and called tech support about how to remove the metal piece.

First, remove bothe sides of the case. Then remove, carefully, the front panel which is snapped on. There are three tabs on each side holding it. With a flat screwdriver pop each tab loose. There are wires attached to the data posts which don't need to be messed with, just swing the front panel aside. This gives you total access to the drive bay, which is covered by a piece of metal that has been punched through and still held in place at two spots in the middle of each side of the slot for the drive.

The tech guy said, after asking someone, that you wiggle that plate up and down, piveting it back and forth until it snaps off. I used a pair of needlenose pliers and it was suprisingly easy. After wiggling it 6 or 7 times it came right off.

So I'm now waiting for the drive to arrive by UPS and I'll be ready to go.

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 04, 2008

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