How To Open A CD Or DVD Drive
|There are quite a few reasons the DVD tray in your laptop might
fail to open
when you hit the eject button. About the worst thing it can be is
motor or gear train failed, which would mean replacing the drive.
disc in the drive plays OK, you know that the power and the
fine. If not, you should try reseating the drive in the bay. It's
for the drive to be locked in software by the operating system, or
power management scheme to have cut power to the drive. Check these
clicking the drive icon and checking properties, or looking at you
management settings. But, when all else fails and you can't get the
out of the drive, there's always, THE MIGHTY PAPERCLIP.
CD and DVD drives for computers have been designed with an
mechanism since time immemorial. Unlike your DVD player for your TV
stereo CD player, the disc in your computer drive may be much more
than the drive itself. Yes, if you own the software legally, you
able to get a replacement from the software company for a moderate
but maybe you need it now. In any case, the emergency release for
tray doesn't require any special tools or skills, just a paperclip.
by unbending a leg of the largest diameter paperclip that will fit
hole on the faceplate of the drive. Next, insert it it straight
hole, and if you're lucky, there will bee a little click before it
very far, and the tray will pop out a fraction of an inch.
In the picture to the right, I haven't used any force at all,
pushing in the paperclip, and the CD tray popped out that far by
From here, it's an easy task to pull it out all the way so the disc
removed. Below, I'm opening the DVD drive out of a Sony Vaio, but
didn't spring out when the paperclip pushed in the release, which
tell by feel. So I had to pull on it with my fingernail behind the
facade while depressing the release. It opened pretty stiffly for
fraction of an inch, and then pulled right out the rest of the way.
pretty much covers what you'll encounter with manually opening an
drive, either it will pop open as soon as the paperclip works the
or you'll have to help it along.
But there are instances in which the emergency release won't get
to eject. The worst of these is if a disc shattered at high speed
all the mechanics up with little shards of plastic. You'll know
this is the
case by the noise if you gently tilt the drive back and forth.
possibility is that an adhesive label peeled off in the drive and
up the works. In either case, the odds of the drive being
very good, but if it was a label failure, you should be able to
disc by disassembling the drive around it until the tray ejects or
is accessible. And before you rush out and buy a supposed generic
for the drive, remember that while the connector may be standard,
shell is customized, and you may not be able to transfer all of the
hardware from one drive to another for mounting.
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