I recently picked up an Asus Essentio CM6850 (click the link to see the case I'll be referencing) from Best Buy and really like it. I recently upgraded to a 650w power supply and a Asus Geforce GT 560 graphics card, both of which work really well.
The one thing I do want to do is move the DVD Drive to the lower 5.25 bay, but I can't figure out how to get the DVD drive out of the top bay (where it was factory installed). I tried removing the drive through the back of the drive bay, but the face plate on the drive gets hung about half way out of the bay (I gave it a decent tug to no avail). (Note: I have definitely removed all the screws holding the drive in the drive bay, so I'm sure it's not that.) I can't pull it out through the front of the case because the 5.25 drive bays have spring loaded covers that pop out when you open the drive. The picture below shows the drive open, and you can see the spring-loaded drive cover sticking out underneath the drive tray:
The covers make the front of the case too small for the drive to come out. So my questions are (answering any of which would solve my problem):
- Has anyone had any experience with removing a 5.25 drive from a CM6850 (or similiar Asus) case?
- Is there a non-destructive way to remove the drive bay covers? or
- How can I remove the entire front panel of the machine so that it will uncover the bays in the front so I can slide it out that way?
- Has anyone seen a service manual for this machine?
Any help would be appreciated. I will gladly provide more information if needed. Thanks!