Dead CD Drive - Removing the CD

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I have a fairly old laptop which will soon be disposed of. I have reason to believe that inside its CD drive there is a disc which is of some importance and value to me. I therefore need to retrieve the CD from the machine, this would be simple if it would power up as I could simple remove the disc once the mechanism had ejected. However the terminal fault with the computer is that it won’t power up, it seems totally dead and therefore I cannot activate the motors to remove the CD.

Anyone got any bright ideas that are easier than me pulling the computer apart?
 
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There is often a small hole somewhere on the face of the drive. Inserting a straightened out paper clip should pop the drawer.
 
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There is often a small hole somewhere on the face of the drive. Inserting a straightened out paper clip should pop the drawer.
That sounds good. Thanks.

I don't really care what happens to the machine as it's essentially a write-off, however if I can get it out with minimum fuss it's a bonus.
 
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If there isn't a hole for the paperclip, which is what I usually see on laptop drives you can always try removing the whole cd drive and taking just the drive apart.
 
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If there isn't a hole for the paperclip, which is what I usually see on laptop drives you can always try removing the whole cd drive and taking just the drive apart.
That would have been the backup plan.

I was lucky however, there was a hole and the paper clip got it open very easily.

Annoyingly the CD that I was looking for wasn't in there! :mad:
 
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