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Lesson 6: CD/ DVD drive installation - computer DVD ROM install

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In lesson 6 we'll install the DVD recorder into the system.

Before we install the DVD recordable drive lets talk about IDE drives.  Just like with an IDE hard drive, if you have a old style IDE DVD drive you want to install, you will need a IDE controller on the motherboard.  Go to for instructions on configuring the jumpers on your IDE drives.

If you have a SATA DVD or Blu-ray drive you don't need to configure any jumpers.

A DVD or Blu-ray drive will go into a 5.25” bay.

Time to decide which drive bays we’re going to install the drive or drives into. On this case we have 4 available 5.25 inch bays.

The drive will be producing a lot of vibration while discs are spinning and being accessed. The higher in the case you mount it the more the vibration will affect the case and produce noise from the vibration.

If you're installing 2 DVD or Blu-ray drives, it’s best to separate the drives by one bay, so you can have both drives open and have enough room to swap disks from one drive to the other.

We're installing 1 DVD recordable drive so we'll put it in the bottom bay.

If we were installing 2 drives, taking into account both factors we would install one drive at the bottom and the other in the 3rd bay.

On this case we need to remove a plastic bay cover. We’ll press the tab inward and the cover pops out.

On some cases, you press in the center of the cover and it pops off.

Be sure to keep the bay covers. You might need them in the future.

In some cases there is also an inside metal cover that has to be removed. Some are held in by screws or slide out by pressing a tab and some, like these, you have to break out.

If your case is like this, the trick is to grab the plate with your pliers and pry the cover up and down. This causes the metal to fatigue and eventually the metal cover will come off.

It’s easy to get carried away and hit your knuckles on the case. Just keep at it and it will get easier. Once the cover is off, be careful around the surfaces that broke away. They are sharp.

Back on our current build, we'll slide the drive into the bay from the front of the case and flush it up to the front of the bezel.

This case has pins that slip into the screw holes on the drive and it is secured.

On a previous build the drive needed to be secured with 8 screws.

There are 4 screws for each side of the drive. Screw them in, but leave them loose at first. Once they’re all in, slide the drive to line it up with the bezel and tighten down the screws.

Since there are so many screws you might be tempted to only put in half. This can be done, but we recommend putting them all in. It helps to keep the vibration of the drives down, which keeps them as quiet as possible and will extend the life of the drive.

Some cases have sliders that put tension on each side of the drive and keep it secure.

In the next lesson we’ll connect the data cables to the drives.



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