Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

If your PC is on, shut it down.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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Lift the front plate release lever, located toward the front of the PC.
  • 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.
  • Remove the drive faceplate by pulling down on the blue plate latch. The faceplate will pop off.

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Disconnect the power and system board cables from the back of the optical drive.
  • 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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Slide the plate latch down again to release the screw
  • 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.
  • You should feel the drive click into place.

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Connect both the power and the system board cables to the optical drive.
  • 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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Jenalina Santiago

Member since: 09/08/2013

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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

Thanks for your plane explanation.

Han Voerman - Reply

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