In my Optiplex 390 MT, I have a CD drive and an empty slot right below the CD drive for another 5.25" accessory. I want to put a 5.25" multicard reader in the available slot. The CD + available slot are housed in this aluminum enclosure that itself is attached to the computer case. The problem is that all the screws and openings are exposed from one side of the aluminum enclosure only. The other side is totally unexposed meaning there is no space for the screws and a screwdriver. I can not figure out how to remove that enclosure so that I can work both sides. Is there any way to remove the aluminum exposure or is it non-removable?
Almost All of them in the series work the same way for the Mini Tower.
The 390 is almost exactly the same as the 9020 so the manual is very very similar.
What is still there for the 390 is horrible.
There is a face plate that comes off then you press down on the spring loaded latch and slide out the Drive. There is no caddy for Optical or Zip Drive, Floppy or media card reader W816M
To add an additional drive you remove the filler from the face plate and use the 3 shoulder screws that are held in the faceplate on the new drive. It slides in and then clicks into place.
The 5.25 inch filler is held onto the front face plate with press tabs.
When you put a media card reader in the flex bay it uses a 5.25 inch to 3.5 inch adapter to hold the card reader.
Adding a 3.5 media reader to that bay requires some strange looking parts.
0G7V21 Card Reader
01YMGT Sata Power to Laptop Style Optical Drive
MGV4X 9M9FK DVD Writer
GH483 - Cable Assembly for Flex-Bay Media Card Reader for Dell Computers
G7V21 = Media Card Reader module (Includes cable) The 3.5 Floppy bay to 5.25 bay adapter NR95F (Bracket Assembly, F5 to F3 Conversion) is a separate part number.
Call Dell Spare Parts 1-800-357-3355 and ask for price and availability of the Dell part number. Or simply search the web for the part number.
Thanks for a generic answer with a manual. I looked at the manual and did not see anything that could help me in answering a question. I am not sure if you understood my question... I am not looking to remove a CD-drive, I am looking to remove an aluminum enclosure that houses that CD drive. Any idea how?
Thanks for your reply.
The manual you referenced does not contain an answer I am seeking.
You are telling me there is no caddy that holds the CD drive, yet you presented 3 pics in your reply that show what you call a caddy. It is actually an aluminum enclosure that houses the CD drive and it also has another bay for an additional drive. For clarity, I outlined that aluminum enclosure in blue in case it is so hard to see it.
Thanks for the instructions on how to add a media drive.
My original question is not about a media drive. My question is about removing the aluminum enclosure that houses 5.25" bays so that both sides are exposed for me to put the screws in.
There is no enclosure. There is NO Caddy for the 5.25 bays. The only difference is the face plate removal for older vs newer series. The Faceplate inserts for MT bays have 3 shoulder screws in them so you can have 2 DVD Drives.
There may be a panel that needs to be removed from the faceplate.
If there is metal below the optical drive thats likely a break away RF shield.
Both Sides are NEVER exposed because the drive slides out on shoulder screws. There are 2 on the side you can see and 1 on the side you cannot. They arent holding the drive in they are slides.
We must be seeing things through different alternate universes... LOL
Your last video that you shared has the enclosure I am talking about...
look at the blue fasteners... they attach to what?? whatever these blue fasteners attach to also houses DVD drive. Whatever houses DVD drive is an enclosure, caddy, whatever and however you want to call it.
if your only definition of a caddy is a classical blue colored frame similar to what holds hard drive, then I have to disappoint you: you have a very limited definition of a caddy. If it is easier, we can call such caddy the 'pink socks'. I personally do not care of the name...
Have you actually seen real 390MT case ie actual hardware or you are one of those 'couch generals' that has tons of manuals for every model but not the actual stuff?
Thats not an enclosure its part of the case and its welded/rivited on. It DOES NOT COME OUT because ITS NOT A CADDY.
There is never a need to get to the other side and the other side of the case DOES NOT COME OFF.
There are 3 shoulder screws that the drive slides in and out from while pressing the spring loaded latch.