Rewritable disc drive will not eject:

December 6, 2009 at 13:26:09
Specs: Windows XP
I have used my rewritable b4. Now it will not work nor give me bk my CD.

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#1
December 6, 2009 at 13:31:37
Is the disc jammed in the slot or has the drive motor failed?
What happens if you reboot the system and try to eject the disc before the operating system has started up?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
December 6, 2009 at 13:48:55
I've read here about sticking a paper clip in a hole. There are no holes on mine.
Drive Motor? Duh. . . who knew? I will look into that.
I can access the disc (my photos) but when I move another file into the disc, and try to burn it, it tells me to insert a rewritable into the drive.
Well. . . it is already there ! Just trying to add to it.
It shows me what photos I have in it already and I can open them.

I am a great grandmother. I have been using computers since 1992. I have had this problem b4 w/ one of my computers but have 4gotten what I did to make it work.
Since I had been using it. . . then one day it stopped working, then it shouldn't be a driver. . . right?

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#3
December 6, 2009 at 13:59:22
OK we know at least that the disc isn't jammed in the tray since you can access the files that are on it. Have you tried to eject the disc while the system is rebooting?
How about if you click on "My Computer" the rightclick on your CD Drive to bring up the dropdown menu then click "Eject"
Do you get any response that way?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#4
December 6, 2009 at 14:13:00
You don't need drivers in order to open/close a CD tray.

Another possibility is that the small rubber band which links between the motor and the drawer drive is either greasy or broken. But try #3 first.

Keep trying the button, it might suddenly work so that you can grab the CD back.

some other bloke...


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#5
December 6, 2009 at 14:14:14
Hi again Richard,
Yes, I have done all that.
I even read one of the msgs here where they say to hit it on top. Did that too.

On this computer there is a DVD Rom/ compact disc above the R/W Drive. It works fine.

I can get photos off of the R/W and put them bk on my desk top or to another file. Just can not burn anymore nor eject the disc either manually or clicking.

Thank you so much Richard.


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#6
December 6, 2009 at 14:17:54
I take it you have tried and opened my computer and right clicked on you CD drive then left click eject CD?

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#7
December 6, 2009 at 14:24:11
I have never seen a CD/DVD drive that didn't have the small hole to eject the disk. It will be located just below the movable tray front.

Is the light on the drive staying on constantly?

Adding additional data to a CDR is possible IF you closed the prior session using the right options. You may have finalized the disk instead of just that session. Or the disk may be full.


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#8
December 6, 2009 at 14:34:49
Yes OtheHill
There is drives that do not have the hole in them, they do exist. Depends on the manufacturer of the drive.

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#9
December 6, 2009 at 15:34:20
If it comes to the crunch you should be able to physically open the drawer "with the power off" by very carefully levering each side equally with a thin blade. This should retrieve your CD and also give you a chance to see if that band is intact that I mentioned - it's usually just to the right of centre within the opening.

The last time I ran into this trouble I simply cleaned the band and pulleys with spirit. A very small and light pair of tweezers were necessary for putting it back on.

some other bloke...


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#10
December 6, 2009 at 15:54:27
HI Derek,
I will try that. I had envisioned it. . . a few minutes ago and thought that I may hurt something and have to use "duck tape," to keep it closed after that. LOL.
Oh Lordie, what if I cannot put it back on. But. . . I will try later.

Band And pulleys? There are two thingy's?

Thanks Derek,


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#11
December 6, 2009 at 17:53:40
Yep, the band links a small pulley and a large pulley. It can be a bit fiddly if you have to take the band out then put it back (hence the tweezers idea).

Of-course, it might be something completely different requiring a replacement drive unit.

some other bloke...


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#12
December 8, 2009 at 12:18:59
Hi Derek. . . again,
Thank you.
I fiddled w/ the drawer while the power was off. Turned it on and pushed the drawer button. It OPENED !
I BURNED some photos to see if the burner wd work. IT DID !
When I had the drawer opened, I cd not see any bands though. I used my tiny craft paint brushes and cleaned dust out of the area.
Hope that's all that was needed. I cleaned all the others too.
You've made a great grandma so happy!!!
Thank you so much.

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#13
December 8, 2009 at 14:06:00
Only time will tell but glad to hear it's OK for now.

BTW - I've 13 grandchildren myself (honest) so we are about in the same boat....

some other bloke...


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