My CD ROM tray keeps opening by itself at random times. What’s going on?

There are a few reasons why this could be happening. Sometimes this sort of thing happens because of a hardware malfunction. There could have been a problem right from the very beginning when you purchased your computer or something may have happened after the fact. The tray could simply be out of alignment or the lens inside the drive could be damaged or dirty. Some CD ROM trays are also run by software, so there could be a problem of faulty software.

The first thing you may want to do to check this out is exchange your tray with another one to see if it’s actually yours or if there is another problem. If you have an extra CD ROM drive around or if you can borrow one from another computer, you can easily swap them out with each other. CR ROM drives are generally held in place by a couple of screws and they are connected by two cables. It’s pretty easy to remove one and put another one in.


Once you have all of that done, you will be able to see where the problem lies. If there is no trouble with the new drive you put in, it is safe to say that the other one was defective. CD ROM drives are typically pretty cheap (less than $20), so it may be better to go out and buy a new one instead of trying to repair the damaged drive. You’ll probably save yourself some time as well. If you really want to save the drive you already have, you can also try a CD ROM lens cleaner and see if that brings it back to life.

Another cause of this could be a faulty USB device. If you have several devices plugged into your USB ports, something may be wrong with one of them and it could be causing the tray to open up unexpectedly. Also, if you have several items lying on your desk next to the CD drive, something may be constantly hitting the eject button, which of course will cause the tray to pop out. That may seem like a simple and sort of silly cause, but I’m sure it happens all the time!

As mentioned above, some drives run by software, so you may want to check that out before you go about doing anything else. And finally, the worst scenario would also be that a virus or some type of spyware is causing this to happen. If you think this might be the problem, run your system scans and do a cleanup.

~ Erin