How to remove CD fallen off tray into Lenovo laptop?Tray mvs

August 10, 2019 at 10:23:36
Specs: Windows 10
I also have a disk inside my Lenovo laptop. The empty tray moves in and out with no problem, but it's in the way to "shake" the CD out which was one solution. I don't know how to remove the tray w/o damage.

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August 10, 2019 at 10:56:56
If you google for:

removing Lenovo DVD drive

YOu'll get a lot of how to links; and also a few youtube videos .

I suggest you do that trawl/search yourself as that way you can read/view quite a few guides and see for yourself how it's done.

Once you have drive unit removed - on the bench as it were... you can likely se a few screws which probably hold the drive case in place. Remove those screws and you have access to innards... From which you can the recover the disk.

Per chance do you know the actual model of your Lenovo and the enclosed DVD unit?

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August 10, 2019 at 13:45:48
My lenovo is the ideapad 320 and x64-based PC`
And I can't find the DVD/CD tray info
with the tray open, I don't see any screws that would disengage the tray. Further there is a "tape" running out with the tray, that I wouldn't want to compromise it's tension.

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August 10, 2019 at 14:06:26
There is usually a panel on the base of a laptop which allows access to the hard drive - and the dvd if present.

Or in this case there a few screws to remove and then the dvd/optical unit can be slid out

See page 32 here:

If you google for:

ideapad 320 service manual

and view teh results, you'll find that above; and many others - and also some youtube videos showing how to take the ideapad apart..

Be sure to remove both mains power "AND" the battery before doing anything in terms of disassembly or removal of anything inside the case (RAM included). Leave the battery in - even without mains power attached and you'll like wreck the motherboard and/or components thereon.

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August 10, 2019 at 16:23:32
I'm not comfortable with the manual download with the multiple permissions for access it requires.

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August 10, 2019 at 16:40:41
I get an unusual error message when I click the link to the PDF.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 10, 2019 at 22:03:15
I did find pictures of the inside of the Lenovo from their website. When I started to open the back, I got some screws started and then I ran into one that was truly resistant even with the correct size screwdriver, and decided to abandon the project, so I wouldn't strip the screw head. I'll find an on site tech to work on it Mon.
Thank you those for weighing in on the answers.
there were no external screws with access to the tray. hence the attempt to open the back.

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August 11, 2019 at 09:02:14
It's wise to have the correct screwdriver for laptop screw removal. Frequently there are two sizes on many laptops; and often a mix of mini-torq, philips (not pozi-drive) and very occasionally slot. The last is very rare as most laptops use one or more the others.

Suitable screwdriver sets are aplenty - Amazon of course , eBay likely (be careful of quality there); and probably Egghead and similar?

Read any reviews too on Amazon on available kits - again to ensure you don't waste money buying a less than decent set.

This is another source for the manual' actually one I use often as easy to access/use.

Page 37 is the page you need...

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August 11, 2019 at 14:02:08
Very odd that a disc could fall out off an laptop optical as it's generally a self contained unit. Here's a youtube video showing how to remove the drive, once you have to out, you should be able to retrieve the disc.

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August 11, 2019 at 14:33:30
I have known a disk slip off the tray and make it difficult (but not impossible) to open the tray. It took a careful fishing trip to catch hold of the recalcitrant disk and retrieve it

It was slim line external drive...

And I had a simllar event with an older (external) larger desk top dvd drive too. That was easier to deal with - one could relatively easily remove the drive from its housing.

In both situations the disk was no-longer in the tray properly and in effect stuck somewhere above and slightly o the rear of the tray.

Usually though if the disk if not properly inserted into the tray and snug around the central core, the draw won't close; and thus you know there's a problem - and can retrieve and re-insert the disk..

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August 11, 2019 at 16:53:56
No doubt the drive leaves you with little working space but would it be possible to yank the disk out with a needle nose pliers; something like this:

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August 12, 2019 at 12:40:09
In several cases the answer started with once you have the tray out....which is not possible without screw visible, and I don't chose to force it out. And, I can't "see" the disk to yank it out.
The first linkto the manual did't take me there.
STOP the suggestions.
I am thankful there were helpers out there.
but, now I'm going for help.
And, i haven't figured out how to remove this listing, without picking the Best answer which isn't any in my mind when nothing worked for me.

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August 12, 2019 at 13:20:23
The youtube video in response #8 shows you exactly what to do. We can't do it for you. If you can't handle removing one screw, you should just take your laptop to a professional & pay the exorbitant fee.

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August 12, 2019 at 14:15:14
You mentioned in #4 above you weren't comfortable with the download permissions from trvlr's link. Here's some document downloads for that model from Lenovo's site:

(That doesn't seem to be a direct link so type the model number in the search bar.)

Also you indicate in #11 the tray doesn't open. Optical drives used to have a small pinhole on their faceplate that allowed the insertion of something like a bent paperclip. That would force the tray out. You don't see that feature as often anymore but if yours is that way, that would be one thing to try.

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August 12, 2019 at 14:38:57
There are occasions when a given model designation “may” be applied to slightly different end products; especially laptops. I noted this re’ an Acer laptop some years back (windows XP era...) . There were to editions of the same model number, but physically there were slight differences, not the least dvd drive assemblies. Consequently service manuals weren’t always available for every variation of the model number; which meant that information might not apply fully and accurately every time.

It took me fair time searching for clarification re’ the model designations, before I learned how Acer acquired batches of laptops, and applied the same model number.

As you say earlier, you don’t feel comfortable in proceeding further with the mechanics, and don’t have the correct tools either. So your decision to go for a local techie help is wise way to go; even if it does mean you spend money in the process. Sometimes it’s better, wiser, to accept and acknowledge one’s level of competence in a given circumstance and seek on-site/local help; even if on another occasion one might choose to persevere and do whatever oneself

This thread may nonetheless be useful to others who may come across it anon - via google trawl/search.

Perhaps you will post back with outcome of your visit to a local techie?

Meanwhile - good luck with it all.

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August 12, 2019 at 16:22:19
A small Philips screw driver to remove the drive, a paper clip to open the drawer.
So easy a caveman could do it.

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August 13, 2019 at 00:22:26
It “may” be the disk is jamming the draw, preventing it from opening? But certainly no harm to give it a go.

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August 13, 2019 at 07:54:13
Most laptops I've seen have a removable bottom plate. It might just be easier to remove the bottom plate and then you would have access to the entire inside of the laptop.

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