Anatomy of an Optical Drive

Manual Ejection Mechanism

All optical units have a manual ejection mechanism, where you can open the drive tray even with the computer turned off or with the drive out of the PC. This is a very old trick, but we will need to use it to open our optical unit. First, locate the manual ejection hole on the front of the unit.

Manual Ejection MechanismFigure 2: Manual ejection hole.

Then get a paper clip, open it and insert it in the hole, like shown in Figure 3.

Manual Ejection MechanismFigure 3: Inserting a paper clip in the manual ejection hole.

You will feel some resistance. Push it until the tray is a little bit open, as shown in Figure 4.

Manual Ejection MechanismFigure 4: Tray opened thanks to our trick.

Then, just pull the tray with your hands to open it completely.

Manual Ejection MechanismFigure 5: Tray completely opened.

Now let’s open the optical unit.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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