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Can't switch DVD drive

I want to swap out my DVD ROM drive for a DVD burner. This machine has a button on the bottom right corner of the DVD rom that you're supposed to be able to push to eject the drive from the machine (I'm told it's hot swappable). I got the burner out of the other machine, but this one isn't coming out. Is there something I'm doing wrong, or is my drive just broken?

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    I feel like a total buffoon. I really should have noticed that screw.

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Is there a screw in the bottom of the PC, holding the drive eject button in? Sometimes these will be screwed in to prevent switching them by users, or accidentally, or something.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007

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1.The laser optical eye of the CD-ROM drive may be dirty, and needs cleaning.
If the optical eye is dirty, it won't read the information on the disk you install.

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This solution requires physically removing the flat ribbon cable from the back of the DVD-ROM/DVD burner drive, then reattaching it.

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1.Computer off, and unplugged from power. Open the computer case,

Dell Support - Dell Inspiron 531 Desktop PC - Manuals - Documentation - Removing and Installing Parts,

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Touch the metal frame of the computer case.

Computer unplugged from power you are safe.
Touch the metal frame of the computer case, (AFTER you unplug the computer), the computer is safe.

In the above Manual documentation - Removing and Replacing Parts, click on - Drives

Scroll down to the heading - CD or DVD Drive
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Unplug the DATA cable from the CD-ROM drive.
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[The two optical drives you have are SATA drives. Dell indicates you have a DVD-ROM drive, (Plays CD's and DVD's), and a DVD burner drive.
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DVD-R/RW is a 'Burner drive'.

If the information above is correct, you have a SATA power cable, and a SATA Data cable.
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The SATA power cable connector, is longer than the Data cable connector.
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The Data cable connector has 7 pins.

Information,

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Look to the right at the photo. This is a SATA Data cable, and it's connector.
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