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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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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!

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Hey there beisong,

In many desktop computers you need to install the drive from inside the case and slide it outward along the runner. The piece of metal you are possibly referring to, will prevent it from sliding out too far from the inside. Alternately, but less likely, there may may some quick locking mechanism on the side of the bay drive which is in place and preventing your further movement inward. In this case simply remove, usually by twisting to one side or the other to release. It may be advisable to remove both side panels to ensure there is not one on the opposite side.
Good luck and let me know how it goes.

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