The front of the faceplate is part of the the drive, in my case, you can put another drive, but if want look pretty. Here is how it look with an optiarc drive installed.
I will assume that if you want you can remove the original faceplate, but then you will have to find a drive that you can put it, I will assume that your best bet would be an LG drive? maybe? if not just put another working drive and you are ready to go.