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April 14th, 2024 17:37

XPS 8960, Bluray drive upgrade?

Hey guys,

I just ordered a Dell XPS 8960 with a dvd drive because there was no bluray drive option when ordering like there was for the XPS 8940. I was wondering, can you upgrade the XPS 8960 to a bluray drive? If so, how easy is it, does anyone have a part number and what about the software?

I saw on these forums people were told that this would work in an XPS 8940 but im not sure if it would in a XPS 8960:

https://www.amazon.com/HLDS-BU40N-Internal-Blu-Ray-Optical/dp/B07BSF41VW/

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April 14th, 2024 18:26

There's no opening in the case for a 5.25" optical drive, and while it may be possible to retrofit a faceplate from an earlier model, it'll be far easier to simply use an external USB drive.  

Example:

https://www.lg.com/us/burners-drives/lg-bp50nb40-external-blu-ray-dvd-drive

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April 15th, 2024 04:03

Also:  ASUS Blu-ray Drive Amazon

Costs a little more, but is faster since it doesn't run everything (meaning including power) off of USB.  Up to you if you like full-size or slim.

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April 15th, 2024 17:28

@ejn63​ you cant upgrade the internal dvd drive on the 8960? Why not?

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April 15th, 2024 17:45

There is no opening in the faceplate for a 5.25" drive -- unless you are willing to cut an opening or can find a faceplate from an older system that had support for an optical drive, there isn't a way to fit one.

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April 15th, 2024 21:12

No ODD slot in front bezel, page 8. Sold with the external DW316 USB slim DVD+/-RW.

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