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Re: internal dvd drive
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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It is not difficult to change cd/dvd drive. Open cpu cabinet. Then remove icd cable and power cable from cd/dvd drive. Then remove screws of old cd/dvd drive. Then you can pull it from cabinet from front side. Then put your new cd/dvd drive into it's position then lock it with screws. Then connect ide cable from motherboard and power cable to drive. Then you can use it. If you connect to drive with 1 ide cable means if you connect harddrive and cd/dvd drive with 1 cable then set harddrive as master and cd/dvd rom as slave you can set it slave with jumper settings. It is in back side of cd/dvd drive. There is instruction how to slave it with jumper. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.
Make sure you have any and all Windows 7 updates from Microsoft, along with any updates for your DVD drive for use with Windows 7. Some components work fine using Vista SP2 drivers, but some will need an update to work with Windows 7.
This Microsoft site might help verify if your DVD drive is compatible with Windows 7:
I'm assuming you have quite a lot of computer savvy??? You'll need to access that drive and get the original key off it. Try connecting the drive to another pc and see if you can get to the Windows folder. Once there, use Jellybean Keyfinder to navigate to the Windows folder in that drive and take note of the OS key. From there you can reformat and use the existing key.
1. If replacing an existing drive, open the chassis, remove old drive and transfer mounting rails to new drive. (Make sure the drive jumper is set to CABLE SELECT)
2. Mount new drive in chassis, connect the IDE and power cables.
3. Boot to the BIOS (F2 at boot) turn on caps lock, scroll lock and Numlock, the press CNTL+E, CNTL+F then CNTL+B to reboot, this will force IDE redetection and should ID the drive in BIOS
4. Boot to windows, see if the drive is now ID'd in device manager.
5. Install DVD playback and burning SW that came with the drive.