How to Open a Jammed CD/DVD Drive





Introduction: How to Open a Jammed CD/DVD Drive

Drive release mechanisms can be very sensitive to the condition of your discs, so they sometimes get stuck. If the open button doesn't respond, you must use this trick.

What you need:
1. A stuck cd/dvd drive
2. A paper clip

First, turn off your computer before doing this!!

Step 1: The Paper Clip

Straighten out one leg of the paper clip.

Step 2: The Small Hole

Find the small hole on your CD drive, it is usually near the button.

Step 3: Stick the Clip Into the Hole

Stick the clip into the hole and gently push until the door opens.

Step 4: Finish

The drive opened!

To prevent this in the future keep your CD's clean and free of finger prints and scratches using some kind of CD paper sleeve or a jewel case properly stored in a CD rack. And make sure your discs aren't warped, because this may cause problems as well.



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    20 Discussions

    What do I use if a paper clip keeps slipping and won't open the drive?

    Totally works but now it says to install optical something

    I've done that too but don't why it's not working.

    I think it's stuck.

    Wow, I feel so dumb that I left mine stuck for so long. This worked. Thank you for sharing a super easy way to open a jammed DVD drive.

    It worked . Thanks, you gave me my dvd player back!

    Also, I suggest a preventative measure -- once you do get the drive open, put a CD/DVD in it as a placeholder. I've found that the drive is far less prone to a jam when there's a disk on the tray.

    Thanks this helped me a lot! If it wasn't for this I probably would've succeeded in breaking my drive with my dull knife prying and pulling with my hands method.

    Another method i have found is using a magnet. I found it completely by accident, as i took a DVD drive out of a broken laptop, laid it on my desk, on top of a HDD magnet, and it popped open. i then did again, and when i put the magnet under, and a little behind the button, it would open the DVD player.

    Thx for posting this tutorial my cd/dvd drive start to block with no cd/dvd inside but now it works!!! And i have done it with computer ON

    haha our computer's DVD/burner drive always gets stuck when there's a disc in it! no disc it opens up.. a disc in it gets stuck! I think what's causing it is bcuz there is so much dust and dirt built up in the gears that it jams but I'm not sure.. dirty discs don't cause that I never knew about the hole until someone come over to fix other problems with the computer and he told us about it! We also have a DVD recorder that has a stuck drive! can't find any small hole ANYWHERE on the DVD player for that one tho.. :(

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    I sure hope someone could help on this. I have similar problem but double as each of my  2 Phillips DVD players has got a disc stuck in.

    Leave the computer on, that way when you press it it will open all the way. There is no danger to the CD's themselves. WE have a faulty CD drive that almost ALWAYS get stuck. This is how we do it (computer ON)

    Simple and easy 'ible. Except in step 4 you say that you can prevent this by keeping your CDs clean? I would be more worried with warped discs than fingerprints and scratches.