Broken CD – DVD Extractor
Category: Computers, CD drives, broken CDs, tool, shop, technology
Problem: I hate to admit this, but I had an instructional CD that had a crack in it. I thought that if I put it into my drive in the computer, that it still might be able to read it. To my surprise and chagrin, when the disk began to whirl, all of a sudden there was this cracking, whirling, grinding sound as the CD shattered in the drive. Because this drive was in my Macbook Pro, I couldn’t just remove the CD tray. After shutting off the computer, to stop the grinding sound, I turned it back on, which it luckily did, and then I hit the disk eject button. The disk came out, except for the fairly large piece about 2” long and 1” wide that had broken off and remained in the drive. Question: Do I leave it in there, and leave well enough alone, or do I try to extract the remaining piece? Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to extract the remaining piece.
Action: I went to my band saw and cut part of the remaining CD so it looked like a crescent moon. I then gingerly inserted one of the pointed ends into the drive and began fishing around. Luckily, the end caught the remaining piece and it poked enough out of the drive so I could then pull it out with my fingers, whew!!!
Result: It worked great!
Additional Thoughts: I doubt that I will ever need to use this crescent moon shaped disk fragment extraction tool again!
When idea was conceived: 2015
How much time it took to develop: 20 minutes
How much money it took to develop: None
Current status: Available for use
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