How can I retrieve a CD that was placed too far into drive?

August 26, 2018 at 13:50:47
Specs: Windows 7
By accident, I placed a CD too far inside the drive. It is now beyond where I can see it. The door can still open and close, but it always goes back to an open position. How can I retrieve it?

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#1
August 26, 2018 at 16:18:33
If it is a desktop drive, I would remove it from the computer, turn it upside down, manually (slowly, carefully) see if the tray will close. If you can safely close the drive, turn it right side up and reinstall it. The disk may fall into the tray and come out. If it does not allow manual closing without damage (remember I said carefully), insert the drive in the case upside down (no need to screw it in) and plug it back in and see if it will close. If it closes and stay closed, power down and remove it, flip it back over and install it completely. See if the disk comes out this time.

If it is a laptop you can try tilting the laptop a couple of different ways to see if the disk will 'fall' back into the tray.

Check back because others may have actually seen or fixed this issue before and have other suggestions.

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#2
August 27, 2018 at 08:14:14
As a last resort (if it should come to that) you can dismantle the drive. This has to be done with care and in an area that is not dusty. However, it would help if you said whether this is in a laptop or PC.

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#3
August 28, 2018 at 05:09:44
It must be PC, there is simply no room in a laptop to be able to fit a disk

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#4
August 28, 2018 at 05:55:47
hidde663
there is simply no room in a laptop to be able to fit a disk
Nope, they are less made these days but they definitely exist.
Use the Google string "laptop with DVD drive" in Views and you'll see them.

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#5
August 28, 2018 at 06:04:22
What i meant to say, was even if you manage to get it past the cd/dvd drive its probbaly going to be blocked by other components in a laptop, since they tend to be really cramped on the inside.

anyways I personally would do #1 & #2 in that order, but probably while shaking the entire machine violently.

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#6
August 28, 2018 at 08:24:21
Yes it is going to be much more difficult if it's a laptop and sure #2 was only given as a last resort. We could do with the make and model number of the computer.

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