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Testing a Laptop DVD-RW DVD+RW or CD

Have you ever tried repairing a laptop which has a failed Optical drive, only to discover later that the drive itself wasn't bad after all? The problem we face as technicians is that a wrong diagnosis will result in permanent ownership of that Drive unless the vendor is willing to take it back.

Not all Laptop Optical drives are created the same. Most models have a unique bezel design that will not fit correctly into another laptop due to the shape of the bezel itself. This will require removal of the bezel, and may break the retention clips that hold it in place.

A better solution is available however.
This adapter which sells on Ebay for a mere 99 cents with 42 cents shipping (at the time of this tip)

Will allow you to attach and test ANY IDE based Laptop Optical drive to your desktop PC with a standard IDE cable and floppy power connector.

This model incorporates Sata to Laptop IDE Optical Drive compatibility.

And this model converts Laptop SATA to Desktop SATA.

So as you can see, testing without Bezel destruction is indeed possible for Laptop Optical drives of any type without the risk of damaging another laptop in the process. All of these adapters are reasonably priced, and some are priced so low that you can't possibly afford not to have one if you are a PC tech like me. All models shown are listed on Ebay right now, but since most of them ship from mainland China you will have about a 2 to 3 week delivery date.
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Help my dvd drive is stuck and wont open


Desktop or Laptop computer wasn't stated.

With most desktop computer optical drive's there is a tiny hole located right under the optical drive tray.
(The tray the disk is inserted in)
A paper clip is straightened out, then inserted into the hole.
This is a manual override, and will open the tray.

There are some desktop computer optical drives, that the computer case has a door that flips down, then the optical drive tray comes out.
The door must be eased down far enough to see if the optical drive has the small hole.

With a laptop computer the optical drive is removed from the laptop.

Generally there is one small Philips head screw that is removed from the bottom side of the laptop, then the optical drive tray is opened with the paper clip, and the optical drive is then removed by using the tray as a handle.
The optical drive is then pulled straight out.

Once out the top cover is removed for access to the disk.

If this information is not what you seek, or you would like it explained, please post in a Comment, and we'll work together on finding a solution.

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