How-to: safely remove plastic bezel / frontplate from optical drive

In this how-to we explain how you can safely remove the plastic bezel / frontplate / faceplate from your dvd or blu-ray drive. The plastic bezel is easy to remove but it’s also easy to break one of the clips from the bezel. If you use a small flat screwdriver and follow the steps below you can prevent breaking one of these clips. Once the bezel is removed you can add it to your HDD Caddy.

???? If you have any trouble with removing the bezel, please check this video for further instructions.

Step 1 open the tray load from optical drive

Slighlty open the optical drive and then remove it from the laptop. If you already removed the optical drive from your laptop, you can use a paperclip in the small hole at the front of  the bezel to open the tray.
Slightly open your optical drive and remove from the laptop

Step 2 Push vertical clip inwards

Use a small flat screwdriver and push the right vertical clip inwards and then forwards. It will slightly start to let loose. Gently push it up.
Push right clip inwards and forwards.

Step 3 Don’t remove bezel yet

The vertical right clip is now from its position but don’t remove the bezel yet. Don’t force the bezel from the optical drive.
Vertical right clip is now from its position.

Step 4 Push left horizontal clip

Lay the optical drive upside down. Use a small flat screwdriver and push the left horizontal clip inwards and then forwards. It will also pop up the bezel from the dvd drive.
Push horizontal left clip inwards and forwards.

Step 5 Remove bezel

The left horizontal clip is now from its position and the bezel can be easily removed. All clips are loosened from the optical drive.
Left horizontal clip is now from its position

Step 6 (final) Put the bezel on your HDD Caddy

Put the bezel on your HDD Caddy. Make sure you start from right to left or else the clips will not align properly. If you do not start from right to left the bezel will not fit in the HDD Caddy because the clips will block the inserts.
you can mount the bezel on your hdd caddy

Watch the 2 video’s on how to remove bezel

Below you’ll find two video’s. The first one will show you the default way. If that is not working you please watch the second video for an alternative and safe method to remove the bezel and minimizing the risk to break off one of the clips.

Video default way of removing bezel:

If you have any trouble with removing the bezel please check the video below. This method is minimizing the risk of breaking off one your clips.:

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