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.
  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.
    Pressing CD onto spindle

    Fully inserted CD

  5. Carefully close tray.
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  • Alias ID: EMON-3LLR58
  • Document ID: HT004167
  • Last Updated :17 Jun 2014
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