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Dell Vostro - DVD drive

have a Dell Vostro 220 and the OS is windows 7.  The DVD that I have is the original that came with the pc.  I would like to replace the DVD with a lightscribe cd/dvd burner so that I could create labels using the light scribe CDs or DVDs.  
Can I replace the present CD/DVD with a new light scribe?
If Yes, please advise what model will work with my above pc's configuration.  I would like to burn CDs and DVDs dual layers.
Thank u
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jegajothy
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dekkarCommented:
it would probably be cheaper to get a USB light scribe player.


You should be able to pick one up for under $100 and be able to use it on any Windows 7 PC.

Replacing the internal one will be expensive.
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jamietonerCommented:
Contrary to the post above installing the drive you want in this system is cheap(drive is less than $30) and it can easily be installed yourself(I'll include a link to the service manual). The drive is a standard sata optical drive, there are several available on neweggs website.
Service manual for Vostro 220
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vos220/en/sm/drives.htm#wp1182063
Available drives at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007589+600003707+600029981&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=5&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
I agree/concur with Jamietoner's statement.
Internal drive'll be much cheaper to replace.  
Also if your system looks like the one in this link:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/products/dell-vostro-220-mini-tower/207

You should have room to maintain the original drive....as well as add the new one.
The power supply should have an extra power connector...and an extra Sata connector on the board.


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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
In response to Jamietoner, there are so many showing at Egghead from the cheapest to the more expensive.  I am thus confused on which one to choose.  Would u be able to recommend something that will support the legacy formats and the new formats.  Also please let me know on what criteria u used so that I could learn from u.  Thank u also to everyone for their inputs.
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jamietonerCommented:
Any one of those drives will work, this is the one I currently use in my main rig. the criteria was a standard(5.25") optical drive, with a sata interface, dvd burning, and lightscribe support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136178
here's the lists of supported writable media with speeds
DVD+R
    24X

DVD+RW
    8X

DVD-R
    24X

DVD-RW
    6X

CD-R
    48X

CD-RW
    32X

DVD+R DL
    16X

DVD-R DL
    12X

DVD-RAM
    12X
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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
thank u everyone.
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