How to Replace a Toshiba Laptop DVD Drive

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How to Replace a Toshiba Laptop DVD Drive
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Toshiba laptops allow easy access to remove and replace the DVD/CD optical drive. If your DVD/CD drive is not working properly then you can purchase a new drive and replace it. Whether you are a novice about computers or an expert, you can save yourself money by repairing it yourself. If your Toshiba is still under warranty, check with the manufacturer before doing this replacement because depending on the warranty, they might replace it for you.

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Things you need

  • Toshiba laptop
  • Replacement DVD drive
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Remove the battery from your laptop. Turn the laptop upside down with the battery compartment away from you. The left hand slider moves to the unlocked position and push to the right side slider and hold it while you use your other hand removes the battery.

  2. 2

    Turn your laptop right side up and insert a sharp thin object between the keyboard securing strip to lift up and carefully remove the strip.

  3. 3

    Remove the two screws securing the laptop keyboard. Once you remove the screws, lift up the keyboard up so you can access the keyboard connector. Open the connector and remove the laptop connector cable. Set the keyboard to the side while you proceed.

  4. 4

    Remove the securing screw on the DVD/CD drive. Push on the drive and slide it away from the laptop base. Grasp the drive from the outside of the laptop and remove completely.

  5. 5

    Remove the mounting brackets from the original DVD/CD drive and secure them on the replacement drive. Slide the new drive in from the side of the laptop where you removed the older one then secure the screw.

  6. 6

    Reconnect the keyboard cable and close the connection area then replace the keyboard to its original location. Replace the two screws removed in the keyboard area and snap the strip back into place. Turn your laptop over and insert the battery then lock the left slider button in position.

Tips and warnings

  • Carefully store the screws removed from the laptop so you don't misplace them during this project.

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