Upgrading Dell Optiplex GX280

  Moleboy83 14:55 21 Oct 05

Hi everyone, i just bought my first Dell, a 2.8 ghz optiplex machine off ebay. however, it only has a CD rom drive, and i'm wishing to take that out and put in a dvdrw drive.

however, looking at the computer, it seems that it is a very narrow drive - will i be able to install a generic third party drive (ie a samsung one off ebuyer), or do i have to buy a proprietry one through dell and pay through the nose?

hope someone can help.

  splork 15:00 21 Oct 05

If the current drive is 40mm high, 150mm wide then any drive should fit.

  Moleboy83 15:04 21 Oct 05

no, it doesnt seem to be. it seems alot narrorwer than that.

  splork 15:15 21 Oct 05

Are you sure there's not a faceplate obscuring the actual front of the drive? And when you say narrow, are you talking width or height...which way is the drive slot positioned in the machine?

  splork 15:16 21 Oct 05

Is it like this ? click here

  Moleboy83 15:17 21 Oct 05

splork, yeah it's just as in the picture.

  splork 15:19 21 Oct 05

That is a narrow one then, you're probably better off looking for an external DVDRW, USB or something. click here

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