Have you ever needed to open your optical drive when the power was off? Maybe the drive quit working but your favorite music CD, game DVD, or BD movie was stuck inside. This easy trick will get the drive bay open fast. If you would prefer a video demonstration, check out Don Schechter’s visual walk through on how to open a stuck drive on your PC.
- Unfold the paperclip until there is at least 1 to 2 inches (2 to 5 cm) that is perfectly straight.
- Look closely at your disc drive. Directly under or above the drive bay door (the part that “ejects” the disc) there should be a very small pinhole.
- Insert the paperclip into the pinhole. Directly behind the pinhole is small gear that when rotated will manually open the drive.
- Retract and reinsert the paperclip as often as needed to eject the drive bay enough to grab a hold of it.
- Slowly pull on the drive bay until it’s fully retracted. Take care not to continue to pull when you feel resistance.
- Remove the CD, DVD, or BD disc from the drive.Slowly push the drive bay back into the drive until closed or press the open/close button if the drive is still working.
What You Need
- A single heavy-duty paperclip