View Full Version : Should I dissable old DVD drive before fitting new one?

19-03-2009, 01:52 PM
I wish to upgrade my old IDE DVD rewriter with a new upgrade model. Should I first dissable or uninstall the old one before phisicaly removing it from my PC?

Or can I just swap the new for the old?


Speedy Gonzales
19-03-2009, 01:55 PM
You can keep it if the old one still works (and have 2 of them)

Just remember to jumper them properly

Or remove the old one and install the new one

You dont have to disable it in windows (if you remove it). Just turn the computer off, and unplug it / remove it

19-03-2009, 02:07 PM
Unplug the PSU from the power, then put in in a free 5.25" bay

Set the jumper settings to slave/master(usually slave)

Once booted up the install the drivers, or windows may auto install them


19-03-2009, 02:56 PM
To put it simply. Turn off power, unplug old drive, undo screws, pull it out, put in new one, just make sure as said above jumper is right, plug leads back in, do up screws and turn power on and windows will do the rest.

19-03-2009, 05:57 PM
LOL, did you get that PeterE?....

19-03-2009, 10:40 PM
Thankyou all for your prisact advise. I'll do the deed in daylight on Friday and the old drive will be put out to grass in the older PC. ;-)