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How Do I Manually Open a CD/DVD Drive

September 29, 2011  |  Difficulty: Medium

How to easily open the tray without damaging the hardware or optical drive

Nearly everyone at one point has turned off their computer and left a disc inside the optical drive. Maybe you have experienced a stuck or broken drive. Fortunately, computer manufacturers planned for these situations and now the user can easily open the tray without damaging the hardware or optical drive.  Below are instructions on what to do.


  1. Almost every optical drive has a small pin hole located on its front panel. It is usually found in line with the “Open” button and just under the tray.
  2. Inside this pin hole is a small lever that needs to be manually pushed in to open the drive system. You will need to use something small enough to fit in the hole, like a toothpick or paperclip, and carefully find the right spot on the lever to push in.
  3. Once you successfully push in the lever, the tray pops out slightly. Now you will be able to carefully pull it out and remove your disc.

Tips and tricks:

  • If you are not able to locate the exact spot of the lever or you cannot push it enough to open, then the device may be broken.


  • Do not force the tray to open as parts inside the optical drive are mostly made of plastic and may break.

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