Solved Laptop CD ROM drive won't open

October 3, 2012 at 18:49:35
Specs: Windows Vista
My 4 year old laptop works fine, but now the CD ROM drive won't open. I tried the paper clip, but no luck. I haven't tried to use that drive in over a year. If I get an external drive, what type do I buy?

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October 3, 2012 at 19:47:51
You would be better off replacing the internal drive. You may not even need to replace it. Are there any lights on it?

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October 3, 2012 at 20:34:18
Thanks for the response. The green light did come on briefly, but it doesn't any more. I have arthritis and am not good at working with small parts, which is why I thought an external drive would be easiest.

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October 4, 2012 at 06:31:07
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An external drive may not allow you to re-install Windows if necessary. You have a laptop, the concept is portability.

Take the unit to a computer repair shop and have them give you a price to fix or replace the optical drive.

I assume you found a small hole to insert a wire? Using a large paper clip will work much better than a small one. Only straighten out the first leg of the clip. You need to push kink of hard. Do this with the laptop OFF. The tray should open slightly and you will need to pull it out the rest of the way.

If you are in the USA then click on the link below for a selection of USB external CD/DVD drives.

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October 4, 2012 at 07:25:34
HI Persiaa,

I have found paper clips are too soft and bendy as one may have to push hard.

Thus I use a thickish blunt needle or similar.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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