replacing a CD/RW drive

  old borris 13:38 29 Jun 04

as a barely computer-literate octogenarian I venture, with the bated breath of a carefully treading angel, into the morass of this message board and timorously ask you, in your replies, if any, to write in words of one syllable and softly, as to a little child. For I am weak and weary and helpless and too easily riled.

My query: I bought an Iomega Predator as an external CD/RW drive for my Denistron 'Cassius' computer. Towards the end of its waranty period it developed many faults and Iomega replaced in with another which, within a few months, developed, more or less, the same faults including the inability of its lid to open or, when open, to close. Nor, of course, did it do any of those things which God, or its maker [if otherwise] appointed it to do.

I am thinking that perhaps I should try another drive. I would, in my naive octogenarian way, welcome recommendations.

  stlucia 13:46 29 Jun 04

I have had good reliable service from my very old HP external CD burner. Others may give you more up to date recommendations.

  Dan the Confused 13:58 29 Jun 04

You've come to the right place! click here

  Totally-braindead 14:28 29 Jun 04

Unless you have a particular reason to buy an external one, such as you take it with you to use on another computer, then why not go for an internal one, they're easy to install and very cheap - got a Sony one last week for about £23 and you can get loads of others for about the £20 mark. If you need an external one for the reasons given above then perhaps consider an external hard drive they are getting quite economical now.

  Totally-braindead 14:38 29 Jun 04

If you really want an external replacement have a look at click here £54 or have a look here click here

  R4 16:01 29 Jun 04

I have used an HP Superstore external CD/RW for the last 5 years without any problems but I have changed to Internal drives which are faster and cheaper.

  old borris 18:37 29 Jun 04

thanx to all who answered. What a great site this is.

But in particular to Totally-braindead with whom I appear to have much in common] and to R4. I have no particular reason to want an external drive: in fact, nothing I'd like better than to have an internal one. But how do I get a drive inside my p.c? I'm frightened to look at it [I'm typing this blindfolded] much less than to tamper with it.

  Dorsai 18:52 29 Jun 04

While the inside's of the average PC may at first appear to be a bit daunting to those who have never looked inside, it's really rather simple.

You must remember that most anyting you care to think of is built by poeple that may have no specialist knowldge. for this reason the designers deliberatly make the various parts colour coded and/or the plugs different shapes/sizes so the assemblers can't plug the wrong bit in the wrong place, as it just wont fit/is the wrong colour. there are always certian safty precautions when doing anyting to be taken into account, but that is true for just going up a ladder/using weedkiller. to fit an internal CD drive you will need a selection of phillips screw drivers, and that's about it. An antistatic wrist band, avaliable from most any decent PC shop, would be a good idea, but if you do it in your birthday suit (as it's artificial fibers rubbing together that generate that static) and are crefull, it's not too hard...just make sure the PC is not plugged into the Mains (Obvious i know. but gotta be said)

  Totally-braindead 19:04 29 Jun 04

Heres a link that goes over the basics click here . If you want to try it and have problems just post back, it really is simple, once you remove the PC case cover you only have to screw in 4 extra screws and push in 2 plugs and the plugs are so different there is no way you could possibly get them mixed up.

  Dorsai 19:14 29 Jun 04


That sums it up rather well...Nice clear piccy's. Good Text...

Old Borris, If unsure just post back, Someone will help. that's what we are here for. to get help when we don't know, and to give it when we do..

  Totally-braindead 19:24 29 Jun 04

Is there a local PC shop near you, by this I don't mean a PC World I mean a small local concern, it may be worth asking how much he would charge for supplying and installing a CDRW drive, it would only take him about 10 minutes and if he wouldn't charge too much it may be worthwhile. If you buy the drive from him he may fit it either for free or at a nominal charge. Its worth asking if you're that nervous about opening your PC.

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