Open a Jammed CD/DVD or Optical Drive



By Anand Khanse for The Windows Club

Open a Jammed CD/DVD or Optical Drive

The number of optical drives is dwindling. However, those who own PCs with CD or DVD drives may occasionally encounter a drive tray that will not open. Try these steps first.–PC Pitstop.

Optical drive tray will not open

1. First, restart your Windows PC and see if it helps. I have found that a simple restart solves many problems including this one. You may also try clicking on the Eject button while the computer is booting and see if it works.

2. Check if any locking software exists on your computer which prohibits the tray being opened.

3. Ensure that all your power cables are not loose and are properly connected.

4. Open Computer folder and right-click the icon for the CD or DVD drive that is stuck, and then click Eject.

5. Look for a small hole below the Drive Tray. This is the Manual Tray Release. Take a pin or a straightened-out paper click and insert and push it in the hole. At the same time you may have to continue to press the tray’s Open or Eject button.

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5 thoughts on “Open a Jammed CD/DVD or Optical Drive

  1. I have a PC that has no hole for the clip to get into and my disk drive remain stuck with the disk in them. Problem is the hole is covered by a PC cover designed badly so the hole is inside no easy way to get into except taking the PC cover off. The company that makes it wanted me to mail the PC to Texas,ugh. Suggestions?

  2. Last Year I took an inside DVD/ CD apart piece by piece, (Nothing To Lose) and it worked great upon reassembly. Not a Blu Ray.

  3. 3.My Top 5 PC Product Peeves.
    I love my computers and all that goes with them BUT, why oh why do manufacturers insist on perpetuating the awful design flaws which tend to irritate and frustrate………………..Like the UPDATES and some downloads that may already may be in your computer, but just crops up occasionally. Most times this occurs in the middle of something very important. MOST IRRITATING!

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