Disk drive cover snapped off

By Spoon Head
Oct 23, 2008
  1. Alright, ive been carrying my laptop in my bag when im going places.
    I just pulled it out and realized the cover of my disk tray had snapped off.
    the drive would still open and close if i pressed in the right place.

    the drive would not show up in windows explorer either.

    I then snapped the cover back on and restarted the laptop. the behaviour remaind the same though.

    Whats the quickest solution? i really need this fixing as quick as possible.
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Replace the DVD!
  3. Spoon Head

    Spoon Head TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What!!! so there is no fix? thats it is done for?
    I have to replace the entire DVD drive?
  4. InsaneVr6

    InsaneVr6 TS Enthusiast Posts: 221

    As far as i can tell there is no 'fix' because there are alot of things that may have happened. If it is not noticable in Windows than something else could have happened to the drive when the cover came off...especially since its a laptop.

    I would replace the drive altogether. They aren't that expensive really. Then, if the new DVD drive is not noticable in windows, it is an internal problem with the connection to the drive.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    disk drives are cheap, just replace it. Take the old part to an electronics recycler. Don't throw it in the trash. It's illegal in many places and electronics have hazardous components.
  6. Spoon Head

    Spoon Head TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeahh i just got it replaced at a pc repair shop because it was supposedly too complicated for me to do. It took them a whole week to order then right drive and then install it.

    At first they told me that they tried to repair the existing drive but tat failed.

    after intalling the new drive the problem still persist so i guess its internal like you say. Also it makes me wonder whether those fools at the repair shop even needed to replace the existing drive in the first place.

    They said that reinstalling th operating system and installing the drivers would resolve the problem. Is that true? because it sounds like you guys disagree and im gonna take your word over theres.

    If it is the internal problem is there any way to fix that?
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