How to Eject a Stuck Disc from a Windows PC

Introduction

This guide will help you eject a disc that is stuck inside a PC. It shows different ejection methods that should be tried in the presented order but also in case you're unsuccessful with either one.

1 Eject Disc

There are a couple methods that you can try to eject a disc from a PC:

Press the Eject Button

Press the Eject button on the front of the disc drive and the tray or the disc will pop out.
Eject button highlighted on disc drive.

Eject from File Explorer

  1. Launch File Explorer.
    File Explorer.
  2. Go to This PC locate the disc drive, right click it and select Eject from the drop-down menu.
    Steps highlighted to eject disc from PC.

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This guide will help you eject a disc that is stuck inside a PC. It shows different ejection methods that should be tried in the presented order but also in case you're unsuccessful with either one.

There are a couple methods that you can try to eject a disc from a PC:

Press the Eject Button

Press the Eject button on the front of the disc drive and the tray or the disc will pop out.
Eject button highlighted on disc drive.

Eject from File Explorer

  1. Launch File Explorer.
    File Explorer.
  2. Go to This PC locate the disc drive, right click it and select Eject from the drop-down menu.
    Steps highlighted to eject disc from PC.
Before you restart or shut down your PC, make sure to save all necessary work to prevent data loss.
  1. Select the Start menu, then select Power.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
    Windows 10 Power Button
  2. Select Restart.
    Windows 10 Power menu with Restart highlighted.

Some disc drives have an emergency pinhole used to manually eject a disc stuck inside it for various reasons.
Pinhole pointed out on disc drive.

To Manually Eject a Disc

  1. Locate the pinhole on the front of the disc drive.
  2. Grab a pin, needle or uncoiled paper clip that fits into the pinhole.
  3. Insert the pin into the hole and push until the disc or tray pops out.
  4. It will only pop out a little. Pull it out with your hand the rest of the way.
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