Solved exploding cd in external drive just inserted

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September 4, 2011 at 17:12:30
Specs: Windows XP, 4 gigs
just happened to me on my external hp dvd1270 52x burner. millions of tiny snowflakes. what I do not understand at all is 1. It is only 5 months old. 2. It was brand new cd (blank) and biggest brain fart is I put it in to burn photos on and walked to couch never even started the burning process. within 5mils of a second of putting disc in no spinning sound just BAM! Whats up with that? How could it explode when was not even spinning?

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September 4, 2011 at 18:39:25
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No one who answers here regularly is going to email you.

It is NOT a good idea to provide your email adress in ANY post on the web because there are malicious people and malicious programs constantly looking for email addresses to abuse.

You can Edit any of your own posts on this web site for a limited amount of time by clicking on the icon that looks like a notepad at the top of your posts. Delete your email address !

Optical drives always spin when the computer is running when you first insert a disk. It doesn't necessarily spin full speed, so it may not be audibly obvious it's spinning .

The CD or DVD probably had a crack in it, probably near the center hole, or on it's outer edge. Did you drop it ?

You need to take apart the external optical drive and remove all the pieces.

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September 4, 2011 at 19:28:59
I work on pcs for a living and admin on several release group sites for 25 years now. I actually discovered spyware on a game disc back in 97 and warned everyone and no one believed me and even could use any search engine and find not one site about spyware (could of made a fortune). I only put email in because thought no one could respond until I signed up. Actually had China peps try to hack my PC and (well lets say they did not try again after a few DOS attacks ::) I don't worry to much about my email accounts, had several friends accounts that were sending viruses looking like they came from him but were Russian born. I fixed em all and took over their email addys...

Thanks for the reply....but the disc was fresh outta spindle and I always check em for scratches and cracks before I burn because I spend a fortune on em editing photo shoots I do. Also the disc exploded as soon a drive closed, it was NOT spinning I can assure you.... it also was not miss aligned, it actually exploded so hard right as it closed it blew door all the way open....I burn over 100 DVDs a week on it and never burn faster than 16X because you will lose discs quick burning at 52X especially videos. I took a video of it right when it happened and you ca see it was like glitter everywhere.

I am contacting HP when they are open Tuesday and they are gonna replace it (sill has warranty) and have some explaining or they can talk to my wife and 2 children had the crap all over them, could have got hurt...

I really thank you for your quick reply but it was not spinning, cracked, chipped, dropped or even smudged... it was more like a plunger you push it down it go BOOM in same instant....

I am also a member of so and their sister site where we scam them back :)

Hope you can help me figure this out. Oh and as far as those Myth Boogers go I can prove they are idiots and are 100% wrong on half of their stupid shows.

Thanks again...have a great week....


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September 4, 2011 at 20:43:24
"Optical drives always spin when the computer is running when you first insert a disk."
If the tray was in all the way for any more than than a 1/4 second or so when this happened , it was spinning.
An internal optical drive doesn't even need the data cable to be connected for it to do that.
You should be contacting / going after the maker of the disk, not the maker of the external drive. Disks shouldn't do that if they weren't cracked in any case.

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