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Need advice replacing optical drive in laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by r_kage, Jan 9, 2012.

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  1. r_kage

    r_kage Thread Starter

    Oct 6, 2008
    OK... Here's the situation.

    Today, I went onto ebay to find a replacement for my broken slot loading optical drive, and found several with the same model number as mine. One was priced quite low, but the connecting cable differed from mine (most pictured had no cable at all), and I inquired as to whether the cable was removable and could be swapped with my cable. Instead of answering my question, the response was, "This drive WILL NOT work with your laptop."

    I do not wish to take my laptop apart needlessly and risk damage (since it is very difficult to get to the drive in my computer), so I'm hoping to get input as to what to look for when replacing the drive. I have a Dell Vostro 2510 laptop with an IDE Sony Optiarc slot-loading optical drive, model number AD-7640A. I didn't look closely to the back of my drive when I removed it, but there is a ribbon cable attached that slides into a connector that latches and holds it in place. Does anyone know if this ribbon cable is likely just plugged into the back of the optical drive, and if all such cables would be? Or do manufacturers ever permanently affix them? So, if I buy a "bare drive" or one with other cable, I could simply remove my cable and attach it to a replacement?

    Some Ebay listings:




    Thanks so much!
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