Introduction: Extracting Blue Laser Diode From Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player
Photos showing process of removing laser from HD-DVD drive.
NOTE: in one of the final steps I shattered my diode. be extremely careful when punching diode out of its heat sink. when powered my shattered diode lit up very dimly. I hope you have better luck.
thanks to user mb4004 for help and to KipKay for inspiration.