How to Remove the Internal DVD Drive Faceplate

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Customising a PC doesn't end with painting the case or detailing the top. The faceplate of the internal DVD drive can be removed and replaced with a custom model or one with a more colourful design. Removing the internal DVD drive's faceplate can be done without voiding the warranty and just requires the use of a few household tools. Adult supervision is suggested since the disc tray can be broken if mishandled.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper clip
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unplug the PC's power plug so that the DVD tray cannot be accidentally activated. Rotate the PC so that the internal DVD drive's faceplate is facing you.

  2. 2

    Straighten out a paper clip with your fingers. Insert an end of the paper clip into the hole beneath the DVD tray--the hole will either be just below the right corner of the DVD tray or to the right of the DVD tray.

  3. 3

    Push the end of the paper clip gently into the hole until a clicking sound is heard and the disc tray ejects itself. Remove the paper clip.

  4. 4

    Grab both sides of the disc tray with your fingers and gently pull it halfway out of the front of the PC.

  5. 5

    Hold the right side of the faceplate steady with one hand. Hold the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver with the other hand. Insert the tip of the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver into the seam between the left front edge of the DVD tray and the faceplate.

  6. 6

    Pull the tip of the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver towards you to dislodge the left side of the disc tray from the faceplate's clip. Repeat this procedure on the right side of the disc tray.

  7. 7

    Gently pull the left side of the faceplate off the left front edge of the disc tray with your fingers. Repeat this on the right side of the faceplate. Place the faceplate aside. Push the disc tray back into the front of the PC.

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