Introduction

How to remove or replace CD/DVD drives for the Dell Desktop XPS 420.

Image 1/1: Stand your case upright in an area with some space.
  • Ensure that your computer is unplugged. Also be sure you are grounded against static discharge

  • Stand your case upright in an area with some space.

  • Remove the side panel by pushing the release on the top of the case outwards. Once the side panel is released, remove it and set it aside.

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Image 1/2: This is the drive release mechanism, adjacent to the drive panel and the drive bay. Image 2/2: Release the drive panel by pulling down on the drive release mechanism.
  • Remove the power cable for the CD/DVD drive you wish to remove/replace, located on the rear of the drive.

  • This is the drive release mechanism, adjacent to the drive panel and the drive bay.

  • Release the drive panel by pulling down on the drive release mechanism.

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Image 1/2: Simultaneously pull down on the drive release mechanism and pull the drive gently out of the drive bay. Image 2/2: Simultaneously pull down on the drive release mechanism and pull the drive gently out of the drive bay.
  • There is a single screw on the right-hand side of the drive that fits into the drive release mechanism.

  • Simultaneously pull down on the drive release mechanism and pull the drive gently out of the drive bay.

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Image 1/3: One screw on the right-hand side. Image 2/3: Two screws on the left-hand side. Image 3/3: The screws will slide into these slits in the drive bay interior.
  • If you wish to insert a different CD/DVD drive, make sure the screws are set in this orientation:

    • One screw on the right-hand side.

    • Two screws on the left-hand side.

  • The screws will slide into these slits in the drive bay interior.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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