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OK. I wasn't in the house when the event occurred, but I have seen the results. So... A friend of mine was using one of my computers. She was going through a computer-based-training type thingy off of a CD. She'd been happily going along for about an hour, & suddenly she heard this *very* loud crack & a hideous grinding noise. She bailed, got the CD drive open, & found the CD itself in shards inside the drive's "drawer".

She phoned me in a tizzy, reporting that the CD had exploded. (Apparently the noise was *really*, **really** loud, & scared the crap out of her.) I told her that never happens -- I always find it reassuring to tell somebody that a thing they've just witnessed can't possibly have happened -- keeps them on their toes. :-)

By the time I got home, she'd jigsaw-puzzled most of the bigger pieces that just fell out, & accounted for about 2/3 of the disk itself, but there were clearly disk fragments still strewn inside the drive.

I had never heard of this happening! Looked around on google, & indeed found some articles (pcworld.com) about shattered CDs, & the numbers are like 1 or 2 in 10,000, only if the CD itself is defective, & mostly in the very high-speed drives. (Her comment was, "Why can't I hit odds like that in the lottery??") The part I thought was most interesting was that she'd been using the disk pretty intensely for a while before it trashed.

So, I've pulled the drive out of the tower & have fished CD shards out of the drive. Any bets on whether the drive itself is toast?
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    Originally posted by emma
    ... the numbers are like 1 or 2 in 10,000, only if the CD itself is defective, & mostly in the very high-speed drives. (Her comment was, "Why can't I hit odds like that in the lottery??") The part I thought was most interesting was that she'd been using the disk pretty intensely for a while before it trashed.

    So, I've pulled the drive out of the tower & have fished CD shards out of the drive. Any bets on whether the drive itself is toast?


They actually did this one on Myth Busters. It took them a while to actually break one, but they showed it was possible. They actually used an adapted router to get the rpms up. They did a couple of tests with a drive housing around it and the damage can be quite severe. It just depends whether anything major gets hit by the shards.
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I'd guess it is toast. The ones on Myth Busters were throwing shards into a ballistic gel dummy about .5 - 1" deep.

I doubt the optics would survive a high speed impact of one piece, let alone 1/3 of the CD mass.



Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
emma
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Well, I'm declaring it done, although it's failing in the kindest, gentlest fashion I've ever seen from unhappy hardware. :-) Power up the machine & the tray opens. Close the tray, it thinks a moment, then opens the tray. Repeatedly. There's something very zen & gentle about the calm opening & closing of the tray -- I really can't get annoyed with it. :-)

I can kind of coerce the tray to stay closed, but I don't think the drive really accepts that. ("My tray is open. My tray is open. Ommmm.") So a disk won't actually spin up or anything.

Always possible that I could have broken something mechanically, but I prefer to think that it's failing an internal test & politely declining to continue. :-) Interestingly, things didn't *look* at all tragic inside the drive itself -- no obvious signs of mayhem at all.

I could pull the drive back out & fiddle with it some more, but I'm thinking that it's time to allow Mr. CDRW Drive to go.
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Well if she's on wireless, is it from her router or is this an apartment with service? if it's her router, is your PC going to sit near the router? If so, you can hook up with a regular CAT 5 cable to what should be the built in Network card in your PC....
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