How to Fix a DVD ROM Tray That Slid Out of a Computer

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How to Fix a DVD ROM Tray That Slid Out of a Computer
The optical drive in your computer can be reinstalled. (cd drive image by Paul Moore from

The CD/DVD ROM optical drive in your computer is a sensitive and important part of the machine. Many laptop and desktop computers have CD/DVD drives that are removable. So if the drive in your particular computer has fallen out of the machine, chances are you need to replace some screws. The good news is that you can fix the CD/DVD ROM in your computer without the help of a technician.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Slide the CD/DVD ROM optical drive into the slot in your computer where it fell out. If you are using a desktop computer, remove the side panel of the computer in order to access the drives.

  2. 2

    Replace any cables that may connect to the back of your drive. If you are using a desktop computer make sure the body of the drive sits firmly in its tray inside the computer.

  3. 3

    Use your Phillips screwdriver to replace any screws on the bottom or sides of the drive that secure it to the computer. If you have lost the screws you can contact your local computer retailer to find out what kind of screws need to be purchased for your particular model computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the power supply is unplugged before beginning any repairs.

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