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Cd drive (D)

It has stoped working i put a cd rom in and works for a few seconds then stops nothing its a 48x max on a dell pc. it will sometimes work on my pic cd's but tried looking at a pc advisor cd rom and nothing. can i get a new one and is it easy to install?

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CD/DVD drives are one of the most common things to fail on a PC, but also one of the easiest things to change! And they're very cheap too!

To change a drive, this si what you need to do:

Turn off your machine & unplug from the mains.

So you don't sue me, I'd recommend you wear an earthing wristband to prevent possible static discharge damage to any components. (In reality, if you're only changing a drive the chances of damage are absolutely tiny.)

Open the case.

Unscrew and unplug the old drive.

Fit the new drive and plug it in.

Put everything back together, power on and off you go.

Simple as that!

The only thing you will need to check is the type of connection your existing drive uses. There are 2 types: IDE and SATA.

If you have a big, about 2 inches wide, flat ribbon cable going into the back of your drive, it's IDE.

If not, it's SATA.

(Both will have the same type of power connector)

Just make sure that the new drive you purchase is the right type (IDE or SATA)

Hope this helps,

Matt

Posted on Mar 21, 2008

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