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Dell D drive works but won't open w/o using a pin

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  • paulreed46 Feb 08, 2009

    I use a safety pin, I suppose a paper cilp would work, thx

  • Chris May 11, 2010

    Sorry, I meant to say:
    The problem doesn't show in your post, but I think you meant to say : "...doesn't open w/o using a paperclip." ? Is that correct?

  • Chris May 11, 2010

    The problem doesn't in your post, but I think you meant to say : "...doesn't open w/o using a paperclip." ? Is that correct?

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Most likely, the little rubber belt inside is slipping or has broken.

Your best bet is to replace the drive. You can purchase a good replacement for around $30 and up.

Until then, bend one leg of a paper clip straight and push it in the little hole on the front of the drive, usually located underneath the drive door and near the button. This hole was put there to allow you to open the drive in this kind of situation.

Posted on Feb 08, 2009

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