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how 2 replace cdrom drive in dell precision 380

by rwilcher / August 9, 2013 4:00 AM PDT

Hello all. I have a dell precision 380 workstation. I am trying to replace the stock CdRom drive with a blue-ray burner. Right now I have it hanging out of the open case as I can't figure out the hardware puzzle to install it properly, The drive works well but is butt ugly hanging out like that. Not to mention destroying proper air flow inside the case. Anyone have a clue? Installing RAM and a 320 gig hard drive was a breeze. Short of using a crowbar on it. I am without a clue how to swap out the cdrom drive . any help appreciated .
I think I may posted this earlier in the wrong thread. Maybe this is the right one

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Support website
by Willy / August 9, 2013 4:21 AM PDT

I found the Dell support website and find the manual which shows what's what.

Download or review the manual. I suspect since it mentions a HD cage, same for CDs, that you remove either some capture screw which the whole cage can be removed or you remove the screws to the lone drive. There maybe also some locking tab(green) that you depress it order to slide out the drive. dell, uses all these methods on various systems, so you have to figure it out. I leave you to that, click on link above.

tada -----Willy Happy

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how 2 replace cdrom drive in dell precision 380
by rwilcher / August 11, 2013 6:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Support website

If I can figure out how to attach an image to a reply, I can send an imag detailing
the problem. The 380 quick reference setup pdf has insufficient detail.

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Have you tried Dell's site
by Jimmy Greystone / August 9, 2013 4:22 AM PDT

Have you tried Dell's site? They are generally pretty good at offering teardown guides. Some of them leave out important details, but they do still give you the basic idea of how to go about it. And maybe if you elaborated a bit more on what exactly you were unable to do it would help others understand what's wrong.

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how to replace cd drive in dell precision 380 workstation
by rwilcher / August 9, 2013 6:47 AM PDT

My problem in that I donot know how to remove the old drive. I have the case open and all that
but don't know how to get the old one out. I suppose you slide it out from the front .But Am stuck
there. I went to the dell site which is pretty good. Just stuck on the blue push down lever on the
right. The manual for a different machine says to push the slide thing down and push on the drive plate
from the inside to push it out. Gonna try that which seems reasonable. The machine works great to
be such an antique . It's sort of like me 8^)

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