Here’s how you can remove a CD or DVD disc from a not working laptop. Let’s say the laptop will not turn on but there is a CD or DVD disc stuck inside the optical drive and you want to get it out. Also, you can use these instructions if the laptop itself is working fine but the CD/DVD drive is broken and it will not open up when you press the button. I think most people know this trick but some don’t.
All you need is a paper clip straightened out as it shown on the picture.
As an example I’ll take my IBM ThinkPad T42 laptop. There is a small hole located on the front panel close to the eject button. Insert the paper clip inside the hole and slowly push it in.
The CD/DVD drive will open up. Now you can remove the disc and close the drive.
All laptop CD/DVD drives are similar and most of them have this “secret” hole. I took this picture from a HP Pavilion zv5000 series laptop. The hole is marked with a white circle.
This picture was taken from a Toshiba Satellite A105 laptop.