Disc is stuck in CD drive. Please help! :(

September 2, 2012 at 13:33:39
Specs: Windows Vista
Okay, so yeah.. about a year ago I inserted a disk into my Windows Vista computer, and a few days ago I attempted to eject it, but nothing happened... I have tried putting a straight paperclip into the hole, and trying to eject the disk by the Computer folder. Nothing seems to be working.. Can you please help? :(

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September 2, 2012 at 15:21:00
I have tried all of these steps and nothing has worked..

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September 2, 2012 at 15:33:28
"I have tried all of these steps and nothing has worked.."
Even using the paperclip & pulling on the drawer at the same time?

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September 2, 2012 at 15:38:05
Yep. I don't know what else to do..

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September 2, 2012 at 16:17:07
Pull harder, nothing to lose.

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September 2, 2012 at 19:08:02
if the paperclip doesn't work, then there is something mechanically wrong with the drive. i'd just replace it - optical drives are dirt cheap anyways...

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September 2, 2012 at 19:29:43
You can of course try a repair.

repair cd drive


How to fix a DVD drive's tray that doesn't open or eject

Repairing CD-ROM or DVD-ROM

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September 4, 2012 at 09:49:59
HI Jack,

I have found a paper clip is too soft, as you have to push quite hard for the drawyer to pop out, which is only a little way anyway. Thus a paperclip tends to bend.

Something like a blunt sewing needle should work.

You have not advised make, model, desktop or laptop.

If no luck with the needle, you will have to remove the drive from the pc and remove its top cover. Then you can then can see what is happening (maybe 2 cd's?) and manually push the drawyer release lever.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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September 4, 2012 at 10:35:59
When using the paperclip technique, it just pushes against the gear to manually move it. Insert it as straight as possible but you may need to try slightly different angles to hit it just right, especially if the paperclip isn't perfectly straight.

And make sure the PC is powered off when you do it. Otherwise the cd drive will try to close the tray as you're pushing to open it.

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September 4, 2012 at 20:39:27
Also use one of the larger paperclips and bend only enough to reach since the rest will serve as a handle.
If this does not work, take out the drive and bring it along when you purchase a new drive, the store will probably help you remove the disk safely without charge since you are purchasing a new drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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September 4, 2012 at 21:22:53
Paper clip, needle or bobby pin works.

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