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Old 05-14-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Which raises the question about opening a CD ROM drive that's stuck. I've never had the problem yet, but when it happens and you stick a paper clip (or something else??) in the pinhole by the button to eject the tray, does it matter if the power is on or off? Will it release if the power is off?
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:05 PM
 
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Don't matter, it'll open it a little that you can pull it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Right, it should work regardless of the on/off status of the drive but if you stick the paperclip and you hear a loud, high-pitched scream then I say leave it alone!

On a serious note; if the drive has power and sounds like it is spinning, I strongly urge you to kill the power before doing the paperclip in the hole workaround!
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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I've been using the paper clip/hole for months on my old Lite-On DVD-RW without any problems, power on or not.

I'd like to know what makes 'em stick. Mine only do that with an empty tray, no problem with a DVD in it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:46 PM
 
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I've been using the paper clip/hole for months on my old Lite-On DVD-RW without any problems, power on or not.

I'd like to know what makes 'em stick. Mine only do that with an empty tray, no problem with a DVD in it.
Weird, it is usually the other way around. I never seen them stick when empty but with a media, it could be in use by a process/application which could lock the drive. In your case, perhaps just a lousy drive?
Was it always like that or it started happening after?
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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The drive is a 2009 model so I guess because it's worn out. I have a few IDE DVD-RWs that still works but have sticking trays. Different brands too so it must be inherent to the design.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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The drive is a 2009 model so I guess because it's worn out. I have a few IDE DVD-RWs that still works but have sticking trays. Different brands too so it must be inherent to the design.
I bought a few Verbatim CD-RW drives like a decade ago and man, they all had similar issues, one being sticky drive trays. One even shredded a CD!

Some possibilities I will toss out:
- Faulty installation of the drive to the PC case itself, too loose/tight or the opening in the front is not aligned well with the tray trajectory.
- Faulty or loose power connection to the drive.
- And again, just a faulty drive.

I usually stick with Plextor and Lite-On and never had any problems with either brand. Asus and Samsung DVD-RW drives weren't bad either but I only had one of each.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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I had a new Asus DVD-RW in my new case (Xigmatek Gigas cube) and the mounts have rubber grommets and special bolts (for all drives) that screw in so far and stops so there's no stress on the drives at all. They are "floating" and shockproof.

So this can be the test whether improper mounting leads to sticking trays. You know, you could be right about that because I saw a video on hard drives where if you took the covers off and does not torque the screws when put back on the drives will not work.

The hard drives are very critical about alignments, more so than DVD-RWs.
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