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    Is it just me? I have owned several optical drives whose drawers quit ejecting when either the eject button is pressed or by command within Windows. I've had enough drives with this problem to make me question am I doing something wrong. The only answer I've heard is "just buy a new one". Most of my drives have been Plextors, mounted in a variety of cases. I really don't want to wear a drawer pin around my neck for the rest of my life. Any suggestions other than dipping them in a vat of WD-40?

    After using a pin to manually open the drawer, it will usually operate normally for a time. But after a while, it will refuse to open.

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    This is normal in a dirty environment as the tray is just plastic sliding on plastic, usually driven by a rubber band. Alternatively you could stop buying Plextors!

    cheers, Paul

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    I can vouch for that;
    Desert environs will ware down CD/DVD drives faster, especially plextors.
    My old plextor didn't last a year before I got read/write errors.
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    It's usually the rubber drive band that goes - they're actually reasonably easy to change - but hard to get hold of. A TV technician who repairs VCRs usually has a good stock of different sizes.

    I've always found LG drives reliable (and I've built a fair few systems.)

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    I get the same problem with other brands, including Lite-On, and a temperate dry house. And a bent clip is much better than a pin, because the tip has more surface. I keep one hanging from the side of each comp.

    I always thought it was a spring, not a rubber band drive. Is it circular like a vacuum cleaner belt? I could really revive a whole boxful of them. I've already disassembled a DVD drive that had 2 DVD's stuck together (my customer let me keep the drive, as she had already replaced it. )

    But TV technicians around here would not be friendly enough to sell me any. Any place online for these?
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