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Can a non-dell DVD rom work on a dell pc?

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Recently my Dell DVD ROM has broken and to replace it from dell would cost £50+ but i could get a DVD ROM cheaper else where but by another make, would this be compatible with a dell pc (dimension 4600) or will I have to buy from dell? If i do does anyone have any idea where i could get one cheaper?
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. The DVD ROM no doubt is just a standard EIDE drive interface and power connection. The main thing you want to be careful of is that the space for a "non dell" may be a factor. Just open the case and measure the length of the drive from front to back. Check to see if there is any free space behind the drive to accomodate any drive that is longer than the one already installed. That is the only thing that could bite you if you are not careful. Even that may not be a big deal, just that I wouldn't suppose you would want the front of the dvd rom extending out past the font of the case because you got one that was too long!
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