After suffering intermittent "dirty disc" errors, sMoRTy71 decided to buy a replacement DVD drive for his Xbox. He bought one on eBay for less than $30 shipped. The whole process, which involved removing eights screws and disconnecting IDE and power cables, took less than 10 minutes.
Remove two #10 Torx screws from the plastic bracket attached to the DVD drive. Then, push in the plastic tab and gently pull up to remove the drive.Disconnect both the IDE and power cables from the drive.
The Xbox DVD drive has a plastic faceplate. You will need to remove the faceplate from the old drive by pulling out slightly then up. The process for adding the faceplate to the new drive is the reverse. Slide the faceplate down from the top of the drive door.
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