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How hard is it to swap front plate on a Toshiba drive?  

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I have a black Toshiba SD-M1202 DVD-ROM drive that needs to be replaced (having trouble reading more and more discs that used to play fine). I'm considering the Toshiba SD-M1612, but I'd rather not pay a premium for the black color-- how hard is it to swap the black faceplace and the plate on the front of the tray with my old drive? I guess I'd still have a white eject button, but I can live with that.

Also, how reliable is the 1612 with discs that have *minor* scratches or marks? My current drive is extremely finicky, and sometimes will skip or lock up even if the disc looks spotless.

Thanks,
Matthew
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Matthew-

If all of the pieces are the same size and shape, it is not hard at all. You need to open the drive tray while the power is on, then disconnect power. The tray faceplate snaps off, and you may need to remove the drive's top or bottom panel to reach screws for the rest of the bezel. The eject button should just pull off, so you can change that, too.

I don't know how the 1612 handles discs, but my 1402 seems pretty good.
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I've very pleased with my 1612 so much that I bought a second one. No problems reading disks here.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I went ahead and placed an order for the 1612 last night.

Thanks,
Matthew
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