What happens when your DVD gets stuck in the tray? Can you easily remove it or will it end up in the drive until you take the computer to a specialist?
Fortunately, the answer to this last question in most cases is − No . Pretty much all that happens when your drive gets stuck is that the tray won’t open, likely due to a power or device driver issue. Several methods have been tried and tested to help you recover a stuck drive — so many in fact that they can be tried in the order below.
Remember, however, that if your drive is stuck, there may have been a reason for it. So try to remember how the device got locked, as this may indicate an underlying problem with your computer.
Try the software extraction method first
Before you panic and try desperately to eject the drive, start smart by opening My computer and right clicking on the optical drive and selecting Extract . Wait a few seconds to see if the disk comes to life; if not, restart your computer.
While the computer is restarting, press the eject button on your drive. This should eject the disc — problem solved!
If, however, this does not work, this indicates a problem with the optical drive hardware. To fix this problem, you need to manually eject the drive first and then confirm that your drive is properly connected to your computer.
Use a paperclip to eject the disc
Using a curved paper clip is one of the most common ways to remove a jammed optical disc. This is not dangerous and will not damage your device — in fact, if you look carefully, you will notice a small hole on the drive tray that is dedicated to this very task (note that the position of the hole will vary, depending on the type of drive and manufacturer).
You will need about 1.5 inches of paper clip to align; Gently push it into the hole on the drive to press the manual eject switch. If successful, the tray should open slightly so you can open it and remove the disc.
Now, if everything is working properly and it was all just a glitch, you should find that the drive will start flashing and buzzing when you close the drawer. If it doesn’t, then you should prepare for a little hardware troubleshooting.