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Internal dvd drive

I need to replace the internal dvd drive in my dell dimension 4500 pc. Where can I purchase a replacement and how difficult is it to install a new one??

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You will find almost ANY standard form factor DVD will fit, once you open up the case you will see a fairly standard type of DVD.. They are all fairly much the same with just maybe differing mounts etc, Take the old DVD out and get the Manufacturer, Type and Number off it, and then Google for a price and availability.. then take note of the specs, once armed with what it is, you can then shop around for the best deal.

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