|why do you have to send it away? A drive costs about $15-20...more if you want a burner. |
All you have to do is open the case (both sides), remove the 4 screws that hold the drive in place (2 per side), unplug the cables, then pull out the old drive. Reverse the order for installing the new drive.
The only thing you'd have to do before installing it would be to check is the jumper on the back of the new drive. It would have to be set the same way as the jumper on old drive. The whole process should only take 5-10 minutes.