Right-click on “My Computer,” click “Manage,” then on
“Device Manager.” Device Manager also can be found under
“System Tools” on the Control Panel.
DVD Drive Identification
Expand the DVD/CD-ROM drives list by clicking on the "+"
sign next to the words or double-clicking on "DVD/CD-ROM."
Right-click the specific DVD drive you want to remove and
then click “Uninstall.” Confirm the removal when asked by
Prepare to physically remove the DVD drive by powering off
the equipment and discharging any static electricity by
touching the chassis. Then open and remove the cover.
DVD Drive Removal
Locate the power and drive cable to the DVD drive at the back
of the drive. Disconnect these from the drive by pulling on the
sides of the plastic piece that connects to the DVD, not the
wires themselves. Disconnect the drive cable from the system
board as well.
Remove the drive itself either by pressing on the tabs on each
side of the drive or sliding the device release mechanism to
the side and then pulling it out of the drive bay. If the drive is
housed in a cage either with other drives or separately, it may
be necessary to remove the cage first and then unscrew
some very small Phillips-head screws that mount the drive in
Insert a drive panel cover in the new empty slot on the front of
the PC. Replace the cover, reconnect power and boot up the
computer. Verify the success by checking “My Computer” as
above to see that the DVD drive is now gone.