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Image 1/1: Unplug the PC from the wall.
  • If your PC is on, shut it down.

  • Unplug the PC from the wall.

  • Disconnect the power cable from the tower, unplug keyboards, monitors, or any other devices, and remove any USB devices.

  • Press the power button after completely shutting down the PC. This will "ground" the motherboard, preventing any short circuiting from occurring.

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Image 1/2: Push the cover release latch at the back of the computer's case. The cover should pop off and away from the computer. Image 2/2: Make sure the computer is on its side before you begin replacing any parts.
  • Lay the computer on its side so the panel faces up.

  • Push the cover release latch at the back of the computer's case. The cover should pop off and away from the computer.

  • Make sure the computer is on its side before you begin replacing any parts.

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Image 1/1: While holding the front plate release lever up, slide the front plate towards the top of the case and remove it.
  • Lift the front plate release lever, located toward the front of the PC.

  • While holding the front plate release lever up, slide the front plate towards the top of the case and remove it.

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  • Remove the drive faceplate by pulling down on the blue plate latch. The faceplate will pop off.

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Image 1/1: Pull on the connectors, not the wires, to remove the cables.
  • Disconnect the power and system board cables from the back of the optical drive.

  • Pull on the connectors, not the wires, to remove the cables.

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Image 1/1: While holding the plate latch down, push the drive out from behind, then pull it out of the bay
  • Slide the plate latch down again to release the screw

  • While holding the plate latch down, push the drive out from behind, then pull it out of the bay

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  • You should feel the drive click into place.

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Image 1/1: Don't forget to plug the system board cable into the system board!
  • Connect both the power and the system board cables to the optical drive.

  • Don't forget to plug the system board cable into the system board!

  • Make sure cables are not in the way of any fans.

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Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

That's a great help.

I didn't realize I need to remove the front panel first. I spent 15 minutes still could not remove the drive. After I read this guide, I got it done in less than a minute!

sfacp2 - Reply

Thanks for the help !!!

Alig0r

alig0r - Reply

I have a dell optiplex gx 270 and parts from a demension 2400 ..... Change component or drive

Liz Ballard - Reply

Plain and simple. Awesome! I knew I was missing a simple step (I didn't know the front plate had a release lever). With these steps, I was good in about 10 seconds tops.

Thanks!

davethemave1 - Reply

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