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I am installing a LITE ON sata dvd drive will I need drivers and if so will the drivers come with the device Anything else to observe

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No, you will not need any "special" driver for a DVD drive. Just plug it in and it will work. If it is a "retail" drive then DVD player software will come with it. You might need that software for the DVD video codec. OEM drives do not come with any software.

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Ordinarily I would state cleaning the optical eye in the CD/DVD drive, and also reinstalling the drivers, if a disk is not recognized. However the, " Computer does not recognize it as a drive.", statement concerns me.

Suggest you try the software approach first of reinstalling the drivers, then if you wish go on to the hardware approach, of checking to see if the data, and/or power cable is loose on the DVD drive.

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6) In the Device Manager list, left-click on the + sign next to Disk Drives.
7) Now right-click on the name of the DVD drive.

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Update driver seldom works.

A warning will come up, "Warning you are about to uninstall this device, ya-da, ya-da"

It's okay. Click on OK.

Close all windows, go back to your desktop screen. Shut your computer down normally. (Start > Turn Off Computer > Turn Off)

Wait 1 minute, turn your computer on.
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Plus perhaps another one, "Found XXXX DVD writer"

Still no?

Then it's time to check the above mentioned cables.
Your Dimension C521 uses a SATA optical drive. (DVD drive)

The Data, or Interface cable looks like this,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_Data_Cable.jpg

(The color of the cable may not be the same, and it may not have a 90 degree elbow connector)

It is a 7-pin connector.
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Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity.
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Computer unplugged from power, working on a table, open the computer case.
TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case, to relieve your body of Static.

Should you get up, an walk away in the middle of working on your computer, upon your return be SURE to touch the metal frame again.

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Here is a link to Dell Support, and the Service Manual for the C521,

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In the main menu list you will also see - Technical Overview.
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It could be a bad SATA Data cable.
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If you have any questions please post them/it in a Comment.

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