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      How to insert a CD in the CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD drive - ThinkPad

      The following instructions explain how to Insert a CD into the CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD drive on any ThinkPad system with a CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD drive.

      • Not all ThinkPad systems come with a CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD drive installed internally to the computer.
      • The format capabilities of the drive are listed on the label on the external cover of the drive.
      • The CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD drive can be opened using the emergency eject hole if the drive will not open and a disc needs to be removed.

        CD-RW/DVD drive cover

      1. Open the drive tray using the drive eject button - do not force or pry the tray open. The tray will pop out partially.


      Windows 7

      Open the Start menu and choose Computer. Click the DVD drive icon and click the "Eject" button on the toolbar.

      Eject CD

      Windows 10

      In Windows 10 the My Computer icon is called “This PC”. To get to "This PC", open File Explorer from the taskbar and select This PC in the left pane. Click the DVD drive icon and click the "Eject" button on the toolbar.

      2. Slide drive tray out fully.
      Do not touch the drive lens.
      CD-ROM drive tray fully open

      3. Align the center hole of CD with the drive spindle
      Aligning CD on spindle

      4. Install the CD by pressing the CD near the center until all 3 positive lock-down devices on the drive spindle lock into place.
      Note: The CD must be installed into and not merely placed onto the tray. When you insert the CD, the label should be facing up.

      Pressing CD onto spindle

      Fully inserted CD

      5. Carefully close tray.

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      • Last Updated :08 Jul 2016
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