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!
Difficulty: (Very) Easy
What You Need: A single, heavy-duty paperclip
Time Required: Using a paperclip to open your stuck disc drive will probably take less than 5 minutes, start to finish
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.
Tip: If you have one of those desktop optical drives where a large door flips down before the drive bay ejects, pull that down with your finger and then look for the pinhole.
Tip: Some older desktops require the opening of the front panel to get to this pinhole.
Insert the paperclip into the pinhole. Inside the drive, directly behind the pinhole, is small gear that when rotated will manually open the drive.
Remove 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.
If video is more your thing, check out Don Schechter's visual walk through on how to open a stuck drive on your PC.