How to Install a DVD Burner

A DVD burner is an optical drive that can read as well as write DVD disks. While many computers can be easily connected to an external DVD burner using USB, you may want to install a DVD burner internally to increase the input and output speed of data transferred between your computer and the DVD drive. An internal drive is usually the fastest and most reliable way to burn a DVD even though the initial installation is more complicated.


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    Remove your computer's case cover. Most covers are made of plastic or metal and can slide to the side after the screws at the back have been removed. Keep the screws in a safe place since you will need them when putting the cover back in place. In other cases you may be able to "unlock" the case using a button located at the back or side of the computer.
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    Select the IDE configuration at the back panel of your DVD burner. You can set the IDE configuration to "Master," "Slave" or "Cable Select." Use the following information to make your selection.
    • Master: select this option if you are going to use the DVD burner that you are installing as the primary optical drive. If the burner is going to be the only optical device installed then it should be set to Master. If any other devices are also going to be connected to the computer using IDE cables then they need to be configured as slave drives.
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    • Slave: use this setting if you are connecting another device using the same IDE cable as the DVD burner. For example, if you are connecting your hard drive and the DVD burner using the same cable then you should set the hard drive to Master and the DVD drive to Slave so your computer boots and reads the hard drive first.
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    • Cable Select: if your IDE cable has the Slave connector closest to the motherboard followed by an extension to connect the Master drive then you can use the Cable Select configuration.
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    Slide the DVD burner into the open bay. It should slide in easily without any obstructions. Once the burner has been put into place the CD tray should be able to eject outwards from your computer's case cover.
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    Attach the IDE cable by matching the Pin 1 indicators (marked with a black or red stripe) at the back of your DVD burner. Some IDE cables might have a blank hole that prevents you from installing the DVD drive incorrectly.
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    Connect the power cord to the socket at the back of the DVD burner. The power cord is shaped so that it only fits when plugged in correctly.
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    Put the case cover back into place and secure it with any screws that had been removed earlier.


  • Set your IDE configuration to "Master" if you are unsure about which setting to select. Configuring the drive as "Slave" or "Cable Select" may make it unreadable but your computer will give priority to reading the device that as configured as the Master drive.
  • Use the software that came with your DVD burner when you want to burn a DVD. You may face compatibility issues when trying to use other software. If you install a DVD burner that did not come with any software you may want to contact customer support to ask for a list of recommended software.

Things You'll Need

  • DVD burner
  • Screwdriver
  • IDE cable


  • Always use DVD disks that are compatible with your DVD burner. The front of the burner will have labels such as "DVD+," "DVD-" or "Dual-Layer DVD" to indicate which type of disks it accepts.

Things You'll Need

  • DVD burner
  • Screwdriver
  • IDE cable
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