| July 25, 2011

The days of having to remove floppy drive shields stuck in the chamber seem to have passed by. However, the CD or DVD drive is still widely used, and occasionally a disc will get stuck in it. What can you do if the drive won’t pop out?

There is an old “trick” (can it really be called that? Hmm….) that will always spring a CD/DVD drive open. There is a small hole to the right of the eject button (this is true for all models).

faceplate of drive with pinhole to the right

If you look just to the right of the eject button....

The next thing you need is something that can be inserted. The most common tool is the trusty paper clip:

paper clip

ooooh..... shiny...

Next, you want to bend the paperclip so one of the sides is a straight line….

an opened paper clip

okay, this wasn't as straight as I had hoped...

The video at the top demonstrates how to properly manipulate the drive. You push the straight part of the clip into the pinhole and at the same time pull on the faceplate. This should manually eject the disk. It does not matter if the machine is on or off when you do this. There is no great risk to you or the machine.