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How to install a dvr drive in my computer

by kzolady / December 26, 2017 11:32 AM PST

I just got a Dell computer with Windows 10. I want to install my DVR from my previous Dell computer with XP. Nothing is wrong with this drive. There is a space for it. Can this be done? Is there a simple way to do this?

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Clarification Request
No model numbers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2017 11:33 AM PST

As a "DVR" drive could mean a HDD meant for DVR use or something else, please tell more.

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Model numbers
by kzolady / December 26, 2017 12:55 PM PST
In reply to: No model numbers.

My previous Dell was an OptiPlex 280GX small tower. My new dell is an OptiPlex 990 tower. It has a DVD drive, and a space for a DVDRW drive, but no DVDRW drive. I know the drive is the same external size, but I am not sure of the internal size. I just need a clue . Otherwise I suppose I could get another DVDRW drive

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So no DVR drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2017 1:42 PM PST
In reply to: Model numbers

OK, for over a decade, maybe three decades the common CD/DVD/CDRW, DVDRW and BD, BDRW drives for desktops all were the same size. The only difference was a change from IDE and 4 pin power connections to SATA data and power.

My bet is the 990 is all SATA so if I knew the DVDRW model I would have checked. But I have to answer like this:

The SATA DVDRW from the 280X will fit and work without any need to change jumpers.

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by Bob__B / December 26, 2017 1:50 PM PST
In reply to: Model numbers

I suspect your new machine has a dvdrw unit.

If you want to fit a second unit from your old pc then the only problem will be a power cable and the interface type of the old disc unit.

If it uses eide then no you can't use that.

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Can you tell me
by kzolady / December 27, 2017 9:52 AM PST
In reply to: 990

How do I find out what DVD, or DVDRW I have in my Dell OptiPlex 990. I am not used to Windows 10. I would like to have a DVD and a DVDRW. I installed the DVDRW drive in my old OptiPlex 280GX Also I do not know what an eide is.

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For that I usually just have to look in Device Manager.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 27, 2017 10:06 AM PST
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As far as I can tell
by kzolady / December 28, 2017 9:29 PM PST

The name on the drive is: PLDS DVD-ROM DH-16D6S

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Sad news. The search says IDE.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2017 9:49 PM PST
In reply to: As far as I can tell

Post was last edited on December 28, 2017 9:49 PM PST

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Open the case
by Bob__B / December 28, 2017 10:32 PM PST
In reply to: As far as I can tell

Of the old pc and look at the cable that connects the dvd to the mobo.

If it's a flat ribbon cable 40/80 pin that's pata/ide and you won't be able to use it on the new machine.

If it's a small cable 7 pin that's sata and it should work on the new machine.

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Thanks for everyone's help
by kzolady / December 29, 2017 2:30 PM PST
In reply to: Open the case

Would anyone care to suggest a new drive for me?

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Yes, get a USB external DVD-RW drive
by James Denison / December 29, 2017 2:41 PM PST

So versatile, leaves laptop lighter, and being external, the DVD-RW drive can be used with other computers when needed too.

That Dell looks nice.

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