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SATA DVD/CD optical drive will not open to remove a bootable disk

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jrbuergel, Jan 18, 2010.

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  1. jrbuergel

    jrbuergel Thread Starter

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    I have a SATA DVD/CD optical drive that will not open to remove a boot capable disk, (CD or DVD, such as a XP or Vista O/S disk or a partition tool), when re-booting from that disk so that it is before loading any operating system. Once booted into a O/S then it opens fine to remove a CD or DVD disk. This is a Intel Core 2 Dual ASUS motherboard 1 year old desktop type computer which has both the hard drive and optical drives as SATA. So will this issue be resolved if I add in a 2nd optical drive which is standard PATA IDE type connection ?
     
  2. Hughv

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    It won't open because it has the operating system you're using.
    Why do you want to remove it at this point?
     
  3. Elvandil

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    It really depends on the disk, but some lock the drive for obvious reasons, including that mentioned by Hughv. It does that for a good reason. A new drive will make no difference.
     
  4. jrbuergel

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    I was using the Linux GParted partition tool, ( the safe and stable version ), to shrink some of my NTFS partitions, and move some others to prepare for multi-boot with some Linux. And also I was doing a XP Pro repair re-install attempt which failed to complete, so then I just did a full clean re-install of my XP, and fixed the Vista boot manager for the dual boot. But any disk such as a live Linux CD or that GParted tool, when I am done with it, and then do a reboot from it, and do not want that CD or DVD still in there, that's when it will not open with the optical drive button, so I did use a paper clip to poke into that small hole to open, which only barely worked.
     
  5. Hughv

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    You're making this too difficult.
    Reboot, change the boot order, remove the CD.It does no harm to leave it in the drive.
     
  6. jrbuergel

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    My boot device order is this; CD/DVD, Removable, then hard drive. What my issue refers to is early during the boot POST process just after it checks the CD/DVD drive, ( the light does come on), I want to be able to remove a boot capable disk before it re-boots to it again. I do believe this optical drive issue is SATA related, since this does not occur with my Gateway desktop computer which has no SATA internal drives, they are the IDE PATA. type. One good example is when I just did a startup repair with the Vista DVD, and I re-boot from it, and then stop at the Windows Boot Manager screen, then attempt to remove that disk, and it will not allow by the optical drive button to do that then, thanks.
     
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