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Windows 7: ungrading an older Dell- DVD-ROM and card reader

25 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
ungrading an older Dell- DVD-ROM and card reader

I want to slap a couple pieces into a Dell Optiplex 745 desktop model to make it a bit more functional. Since it has no memory card reader and I've taken out the floppy drive, I wanted to use that floppy bay to put in a multi-card reader. How do I determine what will fit and work with the motherboard? I've seen a certain internal connector on many such readers which I don't think this motherboard can take.

Second, I want to swap out the DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive it has with a full DVD-RW drive. I know Dell PCs tend to lean towards proprietary parts though, does that extend to the optical drives? My eye is on the same brand Asus drive I put in my Gateway earlier this year which I've been very pleased with. For the record, this Dell takes SATA type drives so my guess is any modern SATA optical DVD drive should work, but I don't want to get burned on Dell's proprietary parts needs if it affects the optical drive too.


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26 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

You could buy an external card reader with USB connector and you'll have no problems.

With the DVD/RW swap, you shouldn't have any problem, as well. Just make sure the jumpers match. If the old one is set to Master, the new one should be the same. The ribbon will be printed with the words Master and slave.
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26 Sep 2013   #3

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Diosoth View Post
I want to slap a couple pieces into a Dell Optiplex 745 desktop model to make it a bit more functional. Since it has no memory card reader and I've taken out the floppy drive, I wanted to use that floppy bay to put in a multi-card reader. How do I determine what will fit and work with the motherboard? I've seen a certain internal connector on many such readers which I don't think this motherboard can take.

Second, I want to swap out the DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive it has with a full DVD-RW drive. I know Dell PCs tend to lean towards proprietary parts though, does that extend to the optical drives? My eye is on the same brand Asus drive I put in my Gateway earlier this year which I've been very pleased with. For the record, this Dell takes SATA type drives so my guess is any modern SATA optical DVD drive should work, but I don't want to get burned on Dell's proprietary parts needs if it affects the optical drive too.
Hi Diosoth,

Please let us know which form factor system you have as under this model there are various form factor available. Check this link below to purchase accessories for your system:

Optiplex Accessories

Any SATA optical driver should work on the system and regarding card reader its better you go with a USB card reader it is easy to use and much easier and cost effective to replace if fails.

If you need instructions on how you can add these options on the system then let us know the model number so we can share that information with you.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.
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28 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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30 Sep 2013   #5

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Diosoth View Post
Hi Diosoth,

After checking the image it seems like a SFF(Small Form Factor) model. Kindly select the same and check if you and find any accessories for the same.

Otherwise you could also call our upgrade options departments. You can contact us at the link below:

Chat Splitter | Dell

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.
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