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Exchanging a CD-drive in Performa 5320

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I want to upgrade my INTERNAL CD-2x apple cd-drive to an INTERNAL 16x or, preferably 24x cd-drive.
- I tried already every source known to me, but could NOT find a suitable model, as it seems that the Performa's have an adapted slide to accomodate the cd-drive. Can You help to find me one ? I only heard that Apple may bring out one, but the only model I found at Apple was a 4x at an exorbitant price of  $ +400,-
- If I would want to change the drives, I have to OPEN my Performa MORE than simply slide out the system-board. I have a lot of experience with disassembling such machines, but do NOT want to do foolish or inadequate handling without expert advice of f.ex.: where the screws to disassemble are, if the scsi-connect cable is accessible, a.s.o.
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The CD drive is on a sled. Once you have opened your machine up sufficiently to see the CD, you will see how easy it is to replace. Lift up on the tab of the sled and wiggle it out. The data cable and the power cable are long enough for you to remove the drive and get at the cables. You may need some needle nose pliers to grab the widest portion of the power connector and rock it back and forth until it come out. Once disconnected, you will see four screws on the bottom of the sled. Remove them and take the sled with you to see if the internal Apple CD you want to replace it with will line up with the holes on the sled.

Of course, I might be describing the procedure on a different model Performa, since you did not specify.

Note: Don't buy a non-Apple CD. They require a third party driver to work and many third party drivers conflict with other inits and cdevs.

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I posted a question in 2 parts :
1. which CD-drive is acceptable : reply = more or less OK      
I do NOT understand how so many non-Apple-cd-drives still work with their own software driver and why this is not-acceptable :-(
2. How to open to Performa 5320 ? The answer was how to remove the CD from its sledge ... but ... I do NOT know how to arrive at the sledge :-(
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