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DVD Drive Broken: How to replace?

The DVD drive was open when I dropped my notebook. The rail that holds the DVD platter and slides the DVD plate was torqued a little bit. The DVD drive can't close now.

How do I remove the DVD drive so I can try to repair it?

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  • naidukrishna Jun 23, 2008

    My CD-ROM is dead and want to replace by new one. The PC model is Toshiba SatelliteA105-S4344. Please tell me the part no. of the DVD-ROM to purchase.


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Turn the Laptop over and there will be a clip or maybe a screw with a picture of some CD's next to it.

The website of the laptop maker will be able to show you, or post the make and model and we will try and help

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