I want to fit a DVD writer/reader...how please?

  edenworkshops 15:42 PM 06 Feb 12
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Hello

I have two PC's one of them has aDVD writer/reader.

The other has a CD reader and a DVD reader,

I want to take out the DVD reader and fit the DVD writer/reader in its place.

Can someone tell me how to do this please...is it just a case of fitting it, or do I have to tweak and twiddle anything?

Thank you so much.

Richard

  lotvic 15:49 PM 06 Feb 12

It's just a case of fitting it, and then you get 'Windows found new hardware' popping up and then 'Installing your new hardware...etc'

So just sit back and wait for it to do it's stuff.

  KRONOS the First 16:07 PM 06 Feb 12

Hopefully the old and the new have the same cable connections,if so just undo the screws each side - remove the cables - slide the new one in - reattach the cables and screws and as lotvic says you get 'Windows found new hardware' popping up and then 'Installing your new hardware...etc'

Job done.

  edenworkshops 16:11 PM 06 Feb 12

Thanks for your replies.

I just wondered if I had to do anything with the jumper points at the back of the DVD writer/reader, master and slave comes to mind, not even sure what that means but I seem to remember doing something to the jumper connections when I had a CD rom and a DVD writer fitted on another PC I had many years ago

Richard

  lotvic 16:39 PM 06 Feb 12

Look at the jumper on the old one and make the new one the same.

  lotvic 17:00 PM 06 Feb 12

Not very clearly put, should be:

Look at the jumper on the DVD reader you take out and set the jumper on new DVD writer/reader to the same position.

It occurs to me that you could replace the CD reader with the new DVD writer/reader, and then put the CD reader in the pc that at the moment has only a DVD writer/reader, if you wanted.

Then you would have your two PC's, one of them with CD reader as well as it's existing DVD writer/reader .

The other has the new DVD writer/reader and the existing DVD reader.

If two Devices are on the same IDE cable the Master goes on the end connector and Slave connects to the middle.

  bjh 17:12 PM 06 Feb 12

Just a warning. I suspect the DVD reader you are removing is old, and will come with a wide connector at the back... It will be IDE You'll need a similar drive to replace it. Most new drives are SATA, and you probably do not have that kind of connector. So, take care over what you buy. I'd suggest identifying the make & model of the old one (by taking it out is most reliable way, post it up here, and people more knowledgeable than me will find you a bargain replacement.

It is REALLY easy!!! Honest!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:10 PM 06 Feb 12

*The other has a CD reader and a DVD reader, I want to take out the DVD reader and fit the DVD writer/reader in its place.*

Sounds like an old machine?

You will probably need a DVD RW with EIDE connections (wide data cable. D shape white molex power plug) as previously stated new DVD writers are SATA different connectors than your old machine so be careful when buying.

If you cannot get hold of the old type drive then you can purchase a IDE to sata adaptor

  lotvic 19:46 PM 06 Feb 12

Having re-read your original post, "I want to take out the DVD reader and fit the DVD writer/reader in its place" maybe you are not purchasing a new DVD writer/reader, but are swapping it to different pc.

The good advice to check connection cable is valid, if one is sata and t'other ide. It didn't occur to me that they might be different.

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