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Laptop Optical Drive Replacement


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#1 cabowen21

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:59 PM

I am trying to replace the optical drive (DVD/CD burner ) in my Dell XPS M140 laptop. I ordered a new slimline drive from Newegg.com to replace the old one. My question regards the connection on the back of the drive. Newegg's site lists the 2 slim drives they have available as "Sata" connections. I assumed this was standard. It apparantly is not. I have got both drives in front of me and the connection on the back of the new one is different than the old one. The old one goes straight across while the new one has a break in the middle and two pieces that make a ninety degree turn down. It will not plug into my laptop. I have tried to identify via pictures what type of connection this is but have had no luck. HELP!!!!!!!

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:26 PM

Ok so my guess is that you bought this new drive from newegg and there is capability issues? The connections are totally different....now did newegg happen to mention what notebooks this was for or do you happen to have a link to the product? My suggestion would be to see if newegg will let you return it (they always were good with me) and see if you can buy one from there or ebay.

I just happened to find three from ebay one rather cheap which is just a CD-ROM drive, a DVD burner etc..for about 80ish...Also a CD-R for pretty cheap.

DVD Drive $79

CD-ROM Drive $11.99

CD-R Drive $20

This all should be compatable with your notebook as well.

Edited by ComputerFixz, 05 September 2008 - 08:27 PM.


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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:40 PM

My question is really about the connector on the back.. Arent these supposed to be standard connections ?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:12 PM

Well I would assume so but there are some computers out there that are built differently so they need different connections. Was it a special drive you bought or a normal notebook cd drive?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:15 PM

Yes. IDE was the old standard and SATA is the new one
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Posted 06 September 2008 - 12:20 AM

is there somewhere I can look at a picture of each connector to make sure what I have?

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 08:52 AM

Ok this is a normal IDE drive connection

IDE Connection

And this is a SATA connection (see picture on bottom)


Now either you will need a refund or you can get one of these I assume

SATA IDE universal connector

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 08:55 AM

Here you go
http://www.directron.com/patasata.html
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Posted 06 September 2008 - 09:13 AM

Thanks... This has been a really helpful experience... I am definately going to come back to this site.




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