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Opening a foreign computer's disc drive

Hello. i am stuck for the week with a computer which is not mine, thus i am unfamiliar with it! it is a toshiba tecra m2- i can't figure out how to open the disc drive! can you help? thank you!!!!

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Just press the button on the drive (Make sure the computer is ON), if that fails, shutdown the computer and jam a straigtened paperclip into the hole in the drive to activate the "Emergency Eject" Funciton (Pull the drive open when you hear a click)

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