Removing CD-ROM from a Dimension 4600

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Removing CD-ROM from a Dimension 4600

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I had a hard drive crash on my Dimension 4600.   (The following Haiku I read somewhere popped into my mind -- apologies to the author, whoever you are, but this really should be immortalized:  Windows NT has crashed. / I  am the blue screen of death. / No one hears your screams.)

I have gotten a WD replacement hard drive in and it works.  However, I can't load Windows XP onto it because this 4660 had only a CD-ROM and my MSDN subscription gives DVDs.  So I'm trying to replace the CD-ROM with a DVD.  It was getting very flaky anyway.  Problem is, the 5 1/4"-form-factor 2-drive bay is fastened to the frame by what I think are rivets, and taking out the one screw that I can get at does not free the old CD-ROM. 

I think I can install the new DVD in the second bay from the front but it does seem strange not to be able to remove the old CD-ROM.  Is there a trick to this?  I don't know how to remove the plastic front of the case, just the bay cover -- maybe that's part of the trick?  So far I've never met a PC that refused to let go of a drive, but I guess there's a first time for everything ...\

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  • rueful

    See if THIS can help you install the 5.25" optical drive.

    A hint, you remove the drive from the front, after removing the front panel.

    Bev.

     

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  • Bev,

    I'm working as I post and I had just found that the DVD won't fit through the front panel.  I'm glad there is a way of removing the drive.  Hope!  Now my problem is to remove the front panel without breaking it off (wuss) or using my oxyhydrogen torch as a last resort ... There are apparently six plastic snap-tabs and I can only get at one from the back.  Are there approved pry points?  How many screwdrivers or putty knives have to be used at once? Thanks,

    rueful

  • Oh, THIS was a link I should have read first.  Thanks!

  • rueful

    Oh, THIS was a link I should have read first.  Thanks!

     

    rueful

    Yep, that's what it's there for.    Idea

    Pleased to have helped.    Big Smile

    Ain't computers fun.    Wink

    Bev.

     

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