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replace old cd rom drive with a dvd-r ( out of a dell pc ) ?

by joshenstein / November 16, 2012 11:25 PM PST

i have an old office used desktop pc ( gateway or Hp ??) with winXP. currently only has cd ROM drive. i've been using an external dvd-r for needs but its lame.. Can i put a cd/dvd -r drive from a dell 3000 deminsion pc into it??
DO i need more than a ( free ) download to make this happen ? please help.

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Usually no download required.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2012 1:35 AM PST

There are IDE and SATA DVDRW drives for under 30ish bucks for desktops. Just determine which it is and put in the new drive. For IDE the only step I do is match the master/slave jumper setting on the new drive.

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(NT) Duplicate POST found in Computer HELP
by VAPCMD / November 17, 2012 4:22 AM PST
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(NT) Thanks. Locked this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2012 4:28 AM PST
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