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Trying to install a new DVD burner

I am trying to install a new dvd burner in my Dimension 4700. It came with dual dvd burners but one of them went out. I bought a little cheap emprex one but when I tried to install it, I noticed that the connections aren't the same. I looked on the box to see if there were any kind of notes saying that it was a particular type of drive but alas there was nothing. My question is: Do I need to take that DVD burner back and get one that matches my current DVD burner, or is there some sort of adapter I can purchase? Please help.




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7- Thorium

Re: Trying to install a new DVD burner

Hi, Arthur:

Your system takes IDE optical drives. Return this drive and get an IDE drive.

Let me suggest you buy a different brand. Saving a few bucks on a cheap generic brand will cost you later.

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Re: Trying to install a new DVD burner


I am not Arthur but thought i could tag along your email exchange. I am first time computer user and i can not work out if my computer has DVD/CD wrter functionality. I have found from the help/support centre that my system is Del  DV051 and has Dimension on the box. Could you help confirm as i intend to store some data on a DVD.




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Re: Trying to install a new DVD burner

Welcome to the forums Marlon emoticon.Yes.title



You reallly ought to have started your own thread to ask that question, but hey ho.


I'd be very surprised if it isnt a DVD writer, but to confirm it... Open Control Panel --> Device Manager, and click on 'DVD/CD-ROM Drives'. 

It'll mention the model number, then (i.e.) DVD+-RW ATA device?


From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!


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