Acer Predator G3610 - Adding optial second drive?

February 29, 2012 at 06:52:33
Specs: Windows 7
I have an Acer (Aspire) Predator G3610 desktop and I would like to add a second optical drive. There is a drive bay for it and connections for it - just how do I actually put the drive in? I've done this before on other desktops and they slipped in from the front (very easy) - but on this desktop there is a plastic false front in front of the computer. How do I remove this plastic front cover? The sides look like they just snap on (if I could get to all the clips) but the top connects someway to the top plastic. There has got to be some easy way to do this. This is a new Acer, but looking online it looks like most of these Predator models have some kind of plastic false front - so they all must have the same procedure?????? Any suggestions? Thanks

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#1
February 29, 2012 at 12:06:13
Why do you need 2 optical drives?

It's generally not necessary to remove the entire front of the case. Did you remove both side panels to see if you can determine how to remove just the bay cover? Did you get a manual with it or check the Acer site to see if there's a service manual available?


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#2
March 1, 2012 at 07:48:04
Answers to questions asked in response - I wanted a blu-ray drive and the original configuration didn't offer one. I can take off one side panel, but the other side panel seems to be locked into the plastic top some how so I can't get the second side panel off. And as for manuals - it came with a "generic user manual" (yes, this is what it is called) that does not relate to any specific machine - yet alone giving actual instructions for anything. Acer's help line won't help because this is not something the computer came with. The plastic false front is one unit - it clips into the sides (I can get to one side of the clips, but not the other side) AND it also clips into the plastic "false" top somehow.

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#3
March 1, 2012 at 13:43:12
Why not slip it in from behind. You may have to disconnect a few things, but it should work. You don't need bolts to hold it in place on both sides either. One side of the carriage should be enough to hold it in place.

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#4
March 1, 2012 at 13:52:21
Actually, I tried that, but the black plastic trim/front of the drive won't fit into the drive bay from behind.

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#5
March 1, 2012 at 14:21:02
Can it be removed? I'm just guessing since I can't see it. As long as the eject button lines up with the button on the case, you won't even see it unless it's open.

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#6
March 2, 2012 at 05:30:59
Well I did it - and we all knew there was some trick to it - I took of the one side and then released the three front clips on that side that I could access (what I did before). But this time instead of trying to work the other side off from the bottom up, I swung the uncliped side out - like a door - and this disconnected the other side. This may seem obvious to others, but as I said, I tried to unclip the other side from the bottom up (thinking there were clips at the top) and I could never unclip the other side - I guess because it doesn't unclip. This was so simple, but it is a shame that Acer's customer support couldn't have taken the thirty seconds to tell me how to do it or, better yet, actually have included a manual that described this. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!

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#7
March 2, 2012 at 07:48:29
Glad it worked out for you.

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