Tip & How-To about Lite On LH-20A1H DVD RW Dual Layer Burner

How to open the drive in case of emergency

Locate the pin hole in the drive
picture from gateway web site


Insert a straightened paper clip in this hole and push
the drive will pop open, now pull the tray out ..

NB different drives has this emergency release in different locations to the front of the drive

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