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Dell 8600 Optical drive NEC 5100A problem

The optical drive no longer spins when a disc is inserted & the disc only clunks every 2 or 3 seconds. Then either ejects the tray or promts to insert a disc. A check in devices in the computor control panel tells the device is working ok, but i think otherwise.
Can another optical drive ( possibly different brand) be fitted to this modular type bay.
Is it as easy as unscrewing the Dell slot drive carrier from around the optical drive unit & refitting it?


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  • darrenw496 Jul 15, 2008


    Any suggestions what I can replace this NEC ND 5100A optical drive with.

    that will fit into the existing cradle



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The optical drive is shot. You can put a drive from another machine or brand in the drive carrier as long as it fits. I've had some drives that the face plate is too long to fit, and others where I trimmed the face plate a bit and made it fit.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008

  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers Jul 15, 2008

    I would suggest another drive from a Dell. The cut out slot for the release mechanism makes this face plate hard to match. I do know that, besides your model series, the D series latitude, inspiron 2200, and inspiron 6000 series have the same type of drive.



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