Exploding CDs

By Deane Barker on February 18, 2004

Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel recently tackled the legend of exploding CDs. The legend goes that flawed CDs that are spun to 30,000+ r.p.m. in 50+X CD-ROM drives have a tendency to explode.

Well, turns out that the legend is somewhat true. The guys from Mythbusters were able to get some CDs to explode by spinning them really, really fast on a fake CD-ROM drive powered by a router (the wood-working kind).

(Why a router? Turns out that they couldn’t get a commercial CD-ROM drive to spin as fast as it was supposed to. A 52X drive is supposed to spin at 30K r.p.m., but they couldn’t get one to spin past 20K.)

They spun these CDs (and exploded many of them) in front of an unprotected gelatin mold of a human. The damage was exceptional. The exploding CDs spun outward like ninja stars, doing considerable damage to the dummy. The best results were from CDs that they “pre-damaged” to simulate wear-and-tear, including one they microwaved.

(Remember, however, that in real-life the CD is inside the CD-ROM drive, giving you more protection than Jello-man. Although, in one expirement, the exploding CD dented and deformed the metal case, leaving creases in it.)

The most fun was when they plugged their fake CD-ROM drive-router concoction into a 220-volt outlet. They’d plug it in, and the CD would last perhaps a half a second before vaporizing in a cloud of shiny fragments.

They had a high-speed camera running during the experiments, and in super slo-mo playback, you’d often see the CD start to wobble just before detonation. It appeared that at a certain speed, the harmonics would getting the thing rattling in the drive (moving up and down, as well as round and round), and even flexing considerably. Some of them looked like pizza dough being tossed on the air. The end came very quickly after.

Now, Mythbusters are not alone in this solemn pursuit of science. This guy did something even more fun by spinning a CD up on a Dremel.

…a quick jerk at the tool and the CD slid out of the holder and contacted the carpet whilst spinning at ungodly speeds. It peeled out a bit in front of me and proceeded to make its way to the door at a very high speed. On contacting the closed door, the CD did a most unexpected thing: it first bounced back a few inches, and then, when it hit the door again, it jumped straight up the door and struck the ceiling, exploding into thousands of fragments which rained down on the entire room.

He has videos of a lot of his expirements, and they’re entertaining as all get out. Ah, good fun in the name of science.

Gadgetopia

Comments

  1. Thanks, Deane. Made me laugh coffee up my nose reading about the guy with the Dremel!

    A while back I needed to destroy a CD-R (nothing nefarious; just needed to vent on the thing in frustratioin) so I tried bending it to break it. Quite a mess. The thing shattered into several thousand pieces and cut my hand in two places. I have much respect for those things.

    I’d still like to try the Dremel thing on my own to see if I can get the thing to detonate. Outside preferably.

  2. I had a CD explode today. I was frightened as hell. I could hear the drive speeding up then the pop. When i opend the drive there were just peices everywhere.

  3. Today i had a cd in my computer cd drive (50x) and it spun really fast then popped shaking the whole computer and jammed the whole drive i had to pull it open with a paper clip and it had shattered into many many tiny pieces

  4. I took the laptop outside by the pond yesterday and recorded some acoustic stuff. Nothing great, but the sound somehow seems more pure while recording outside. After my inspirational pondside jam session, I brought in the laptop and hooked it up to the stationary computer to transfer the files. It didn’t work right away, and I had to put the Windows Installation Disk into the CD drive. The thing whurled and buzzed and then I heard a minor explosion. It sounded like someone hitting a TV screen with a baseball bat. I pried open the CD drive drawer (it wouldn’t open by itself) and saw the Windows Installation CD had exploded into a million pieces! I took the computer apart, and removed the drive, took it apart and removed all the bits and pieces of CD. Seems to work OK now… it’s a Samsung.

  5. I got ‘ninjed’ just running a game CD. I’d only just put it in and BANG!

    ME: WTF was that?

    Friend: Erm… your face…

    I had a couple of cut marks on the right side of my face, I’d hate to think what would’ve happened I if was facing the hardrive when it exploded.

  6. Happened to me a week or so ago. It was my Red Alert 2 disc. All i heard was BANG, the cd drawer flew open an inch or so, and that was the end of the line for the drive :( Im using my ancient 24x cd rom now lol, im scared!

  7. watch myth busters alot never saw the exploding cd but i had put my xp disk into the drive and after about 20 mins when it got to the outside of the disk and BANG and a horrible sound that i can only describe as the sound of a thick plastic cup in a lawnmower i fell out of my chair and opened the drive all that was left was 3 peices about 2 cm long the rest was almost dust

    it was a 52x now im using a 20x or somthing its flippin dangerous

  8. I too watched Myth Busters, but i never thought that this would happen to me. I was just sitting down with my buddy to play a game of Battle Field 1942- when all of the sudden, the CD reading just grew deadly silent. Then, it litterally sounded like a vehicle going from 0-60 in .5 seconds. The rest is just a blur… my BF1942 disk basically decintigrated in my Generic 58x CD rom drive. It was one of the most shocking things i’ve ever seen on a computer, as dust and smoke were being filtered out of the case cooling fans. I now use a modest 40x, just from fear of my life.

  9. I couln’d beleive until I saw it. My sister had a few cuts in her face, and there were millions of tiny pices of cd everyware.

    The cd was making a lot of noise

    What it this!!!!!

    Sonner or later somene will get hurt, specially if a “ninja cd pice” hits an eye. From now on I will use computer glasses…

  10. Wow, I had no idea that exploding CDs were happening this often. I had never heard of it before today. A friend of mine called me to ask me about it. Her son was playing a kids game and the CDROM exploded. He’s only three.. This is scary!

  11. It has happend to me, and i thought the world was ending, a horribly bang, smoke, a yukkie smell around my computer. When i finally opened the drive, with a smll skrewdriver, there where about 15 zillion small pieces and three large, sharp edged pieces, if those would come out of the drive it would be devastating.

    Response from the manufacturer : it;s impossible, while im looking at the g#dd#mn thing

  12. My experience came last night, though it was different than the rest of those above. My CD exploded because it was caught sideways in the drive tray.

    I must have dropped it in a little bit askew, not directly in the center of the tray, and it got caught and pulled on. I just heard a LOUD bang and the drawer would not open. I had to rattle the box around to get the drawer free so I could get it open to see the shards. Strangest thing that happened to me at a PC no doubt!

  13. Discs that crack in drives are either slightly damaged before going into the drive or mis-centered on the hub. The rated speed of a drive refers to the speed of the laser writing/reading, not to the rotational speed of the disc. As a CD-ROM drive approaches 52X, the rotational speed keeps slowing down. The fastest rotational speed of a disc is approximately 10,500 rpm–and that is at the start of recording, not the end.

  14. My computer crashed so I rebooted, during the reboot process I heard this really crunch noise. It was like someone just jumped on top of an aluminum can. To my chagrin I pryed open my 56X cd drive to find my Never winter Nights CD in 50 peices. They should pay me for my lost CD. o_O

  15. Was installing xp pro, all quiet and then a loud thunk/crunch and deadthly silence. I couldn’t open my cdrw drive, so eventually i got it a little open, and to my dismay and complete shock, there was my disc of xp pro in a million peices!!!!!! I am still lost for words as it only happened minutes ago and i have found this link luckily and nice to know I am not the first one to have this happen. Did anyone claim from microsoft about this, i had very rarely used the install disc, and had been formatting the drive previously so I know that i had put it in right (the cd). The cd rw was an asus(late model) btw. Please send me legitimate emails if you can offer advice as to why it happened or if you have been in touch already with microsoft re this occurence- it would be much appreciated. chume@xtra.co.nz – no spam pls. :-)

  16. It happened to us yesterday while my nephew was using his 5th Grade Adventure CD-ROM. I heard a loud pop and his program froze. He was startled and couldn’t get the program to work again, so I asked him to open the drive and reinsert the disc and when he did the CD fell out in shards. It jammed the drive and even after we got most of the pieces out, the drive was useless because the door would not stay closed. After reading this forum, I see we are lucky he wasn’t hurt.

  17. I had a CD explode inside the CD drive, all of the pieces stayed inside but it sounded like a gun going off inside the computer when it happened.

  18. U mmmm….I was playing Planescape Torment and I heard a large Bang. The game must have been preloaded because I managed to finish what I was doing and save before I went to investiagte. When I pressed the button pieces of the Cd could be seen jammed inside. I removed the CDR from the computer and dumped some out. That is INSANE. How many people is it going to take before they put a warning or do something about this problem? Doesn anyone know if part warranties cover the Drive in this instance? And has anyone been paid for the CD that they lost? Just curious as I am trying to get mine paid for at the moment.

  19. My next door neighbor called this morning asking if I knew anything about exploding cd disks. Her 3-year son was playing a brand new game on an HP Media Station when they heard a loud pop. The cd-rom had exploded and did enough damage that the computer won’t boot. Thankfully, they’ll be able to return the system for another since they had just purchased it less than two weeks ago. I’m not sure about the game.

  20. I thought this was an urban myth before today, but yes CDs can explode! I put a music CD into my generic 52x burner this morning and at first Media Player would not recognize there was a CD in the player, then whirrrrrrrrrr it spun up super fast – way faster than normal and BANG. Sounded like somebody fired a 22 caliber pistol in my office. I hit the button to open the CD burner and it was jammed. I used the paper clip method and pieces of the CD started falling out. I had to remove the burner and dismantle it to shake out all the pieces , but it is working now. The CD was borrowed from a coworker. I returned the pieces in a number 10 envelope.

  21. First sorry for my bad English, I hope you’ll get the point. A few hours ago, I attemted to reinstall Windows XP. Suddenly, I’ve heard very lousy sound (something like flat tire sound). When I opened CD-drive, I saw hundreds and hundreds of pieces of my disk. I also saw much quantity of that shining material. I had to use vacum cleaner. Even now, I can’t close CD-drive because there are some pieces in it. It was very unbelievable to me. Since today I haven’t heard about “exploding CDs” at all. Than I search a little and found this site. As I can see, cause of this was speed of CD. But how is that possible on ordinary and tested CD drive? Just to mention, I was using this disk for about 2 years, maybe more and I never had any problems.

  22. I saw that episode of the Mythbusters as well; I too thought that it would never happen to me; but it did. I was loading)5{me when a big pop or bang sound happened; at that very second I was looking down at my computer (I don’t know why because their really wasn’t any warning before the “Bang”) and when the drive went bang my whole computer jumped forward. Then the drive wouldn’t open; so I thought well I better not force it just in case the drive is salvagable; I took the drive apart and shook all the broken shards of disc out and then reassembled it and to my amazement it still works! My drive is an LG DVD/CD-RW drive 52x24x52x. Good advice: If your CD explodes don’t force the door open, disassemble and remove shards then reassemble.

  23. I had a similar experience yesterday with my CD drive. It is a generic dell CDRW Drive 54x and it blew up my Led Zeppelin CD… I dissasembled, got the bits out, and reassembled… but now the drawer won’t stay closed any ideas?

  24. I just got finished taking apart a CD drive (52x burner) to remove fragments of an exploded CD. It belongs to a friend whose children use it to do games. A lot of these kids’ games run off the CD, rather than the harddrive. Since kids play these things for hours at a time, I wondered if the drive might overheat, weakening the CD. Any ideas about that? If so, any ideas about cooling the drive? I considered one of those fans that mount in a 5 1\4″ bay, maybe right above the drive. Any ideas about some kind of heat sink? Once I got all the fragments blown out of the drive, it seems to be working OK. (When I first tried it, the drawer wouldn’t stay open, there was a little wad of dust and shrapnel wadded up in the gears that work the tray). I just want to prevent a repeat, especially since this involves very young kids.

  25. What have the manufactures said about this? Tis realy scary since i have 2 genarc CD drives both rated at 52x. Luckly for me tho my case is a thermaltake xaser3 and it has a 5mm thick AL door that covers the drive bays ^-^

  26. my cd writer had 3 cds burst till now and each time i cleaned it it worked ok. but this last time recently, there seemed to be some small fragment of plastic that broke out of the cd writer and it does not reat properly now, doesnt even write at all. any idea what i can do?

  27. My son’s CD game, Warcraft just exploded. I’ve managed to get the CD player out, but there are pieces of CD everywhere. I wonder if I can get the CD player to work again? It’s a Samsung, 52x.

  28. Well, I would have laughed, if this didn’t happen to me yesterday. You heard me… I put in a slightly cracekd Lexmar printer drivers cd and it started whirring up, then a big explosion filled the room, at first i thought it was a balloon popping or something, then i heard bit’s and pieces hitting the case of my cd-drive. I haven’t gotten it working yet (the cd tray doesn’t go in all the way) but am still crossing my fingers. However it was pretty sweet shaking out the tiny little fragments into my garbage can. Good riddence crappy computer discs….

  29. I bought a second hand game on the internet and so checked the condition of the discs thoroughly. There was nothing visibly wrong with the discs, but one of them exploded the other night. (A loud bang at face height as the tower case is on my desk). My drive is 48x max. (16,000 rpm)! The drive still works after emptying, but I don’t know if I can now trust it. I have noticed that discs get quite warm in the drive; could this have an effect? Also, are older discs more likely to explode than newer ones? I suggest investing in a copy of Nero, as this allows you to reduce the speed of the drive with the added benefit of reducing the noise under normal operation.

  30. A cd exploded in our cd-rw this week for the second time. I took the first one back to the store last year and everyone just looked at me strange like it was impossible for a cd to explode. Then one exploded this week in my Samsung cd-rw. Samsung’s website states that cd’s exploding/breaking is a common problem caused by the stress of the centrifical forse on a cd that has hairline cracks or something. It also states that companies need to make the cd’s of more durable material. Of course, it’s not the machine’s fault.

    Now that I’ve cleaned the burner out, the drawer won’t stay closed. Does anyone know how this can be fixed?? TIA

  31. Exploding CD, appears common problem is getting door on drive to shut Short of removing the case & drive any other solutions?

  32. I just had a cd explode in my cd rom. I think I got all the pieces out but now the drawer won’t stay closed. It just keeps opening back up? Does that mean there are still pieces in there or did it mess something else up? HELP

  33. It has happened to me once and also happened to a family member as well. I was playing DIablo II:LoD and all of a sudden it asked me to insert the CD (keep in mind I had headphones on full blast). I look over to my computer to open my CD-Rom drive to re-insert the CD when I see small shards sticking out from the slightly popped-off CD-Rom panel. I tried to open the drive but it would only open a couple of centimeters and I could see even more shards. I took the drive out of the case and disassembled it to remove all the shards but unfortunately it no longer works. Something similar happened to a relative but I was able to get his drive working again after cleaning it out.

  34. I had a cd explode in my drive today while i was copying music to windows media library. sounded just like a 22.cal going off woke my girlfriend up and scared the heck outta me cuz i was right next to it. opened it up cleaned it out and still works its a 16x dual layer burner factory job from e machines.first time this happend to me but have been completely satisfied with it since i got it.just hope it dont become a frequent thing.

  35. Yeah, what an experience. My CD that exploded in a 52X ended up with pieces no bigger than a pencil tip. Drive is ruined. The foil label looks like dust. It was in the drive a few weeks and I am not even sure what the heck it was… maybe I can send it to one of those data drive recovery places for analysis… “HEY CAN YOU GUYS GET ANY DATA OFF THIS FOR ME? MY DRIVE CRASHED!!!”

  36. I thought lightning hit my computer again. POP. My 98 ME CD exploded in the drive. Samsung 52X CDRW. Now i can never install my XP home upgrade again. That CD was the only previous version I had to prove i was upgrade worthy. Not to mention that this CD-ROM drive is now shot. So was it Microsoft’s disc or Samsung’s drive? my spam email is henith@cfl.rr.com if anyone wants to file a class action. :)

  37. Well I haven’t had a disc explode yet and didn’t realize just how fast they are spinning in the drive until tonight. This scares me since I got a new computer about a week ago and now have a 52x cd/dvd burner versus my old computer whish had a 8x cd writer in it. I wonder if the media isn’t speed compatible. I have only burned 2 cd’s so far and set both of them auto set at 16x with the Sonic Record Now that came on my computer but after reading this it really scared me the disks were only rated at 8x. I’m just curious could a hard drive platter explode. My hd is only 7200 rpm but I have seen some 10k rpm raid and even a few (quiet expensive) 15k rpm scsi hard drives. From what I understand the platters in these are metal so even in the case can you imagine what would happen if it came out at these speeds. With technology advancing every day pretty soon this is gonna bring some major liability concerns for drive and disk manufactures. The cd thing also scae me cause my computer always sets on my desk and I never gave a thought to it exploding because of anything but lightning but I guess times have changed.

  38. Just happened to me too. I was browsing around a CDR and it exploded in my DVD Writer. Mostly tiny pieces. A valuable CD too. I’m sorting through my drive now trying to get it cleaned up.

  39. Yea, this post follows 5 minutes after this happened to me.

    I tried running a Warcraft 3 CD to install, then I just heard the CD drive going really fast and a muffled pop. How can I tell if this is going to happen or not?

  40. I have never hear of a C D exploding. One just did a few minutes ago.I was trying to burn my daughter in favorite Christmas C D. OOPs have to buy another one. The copier wouldn’t reconize it. Than the C D started going real fast than I heard a big pop. I open the C D and what was left of the C D was in a million pieces. My husband come in said that’s what made that noise!!! I was just sitting there in shock? LOL Now I am afraid to try another CD. I don’t know was something wrong with the C D? I know the speed must of caused it. Will it happen if i try another one?

  41. I just had an HP printer driver CD explode after only being in the drive for a short time. It sounded like a light bulb breaking. I assume it was caused by a defect in the CD, because I’ve had the drive for about a year without any problem.

  42. i just got a new gaming system with a full meal deal combo drive was loading an older game of mine baldurs gate soa and had disk 2 in the drive these disk were in great shape no scratches or cracks was watching it load it slowed down for a min then it started speeding up to high speed then all i heard was a load pop like a 22 short being fired the tray kicked open about 3/4 inch all i found were four medium sized chunks of cd and the rest was dust bad thing is the company i got my stuff from doesnt want to warrenty the cd drive
    it also shorted out my cd player and power suply dont know about my mother board as of yet wish me luck as i have about 6k tied up in this gaming system

  43. It happened to me today. I played Red Alert 2 For an hour when I finnaly got off my dad was about to play armored fist 3 when we heard a loud gunshot noise made by the computer. at first we thout the computer went corrupt. then we thought since i played my computer game for an hour the drive was very hot. when my dad put his game (which was kinda cold) logicly we thought that putting something cold into something hot (or vise versea) it will cause it to crack or explode. try it, put a glass in the freezer for a while an pour hot water in it

  44. Just yesterday while I played starcraft the game became quite glitchy. Then, BANG half of my cd (very sharp) shot out of the drive and almost clipped me in the face. Very very scary.

  45. Recently, while standing next to my computer, a shot rang out. I swear, for a moment I thought someone had just shot a gun, but as my senses analyzed quickly further, I realized it had come from the computer. At first I thought it must have been a computer component(the side panel is never on the computer), but I then noticed something floating to the ground in front of the computer, and my Lite-On 411s drive bay door was partially adjar, with Windows XP Pro disc fragments sticking out. It did have a small crack along the inner margin of the disc. One of the few ribbon cables that does not require soldering was sliced, so I am trying to find a replacement.

    To those whose drives wont close, assuming you have made your best effort to extract all plastic, I had a problem with closure. Tray would slice in and out about 2-3 cm from a position close to being closed, but would also not quite close. Had something to do with something jumping over something(clear huh) when the tray was jarred open. What worked for me was forcing it closed(about 2-3 mm), and then pushing the paper clip release button in, while then opening tray(or some variation of that). The tray now slides in and out fine.

    I thought it was one of the wonders of the world at first, like the time I squeezed a lime into a beer, and the whole thing then froze solid from the bottom up before my eyes, but I guess its not that uncommon.

  46. Recently, while standing next to my computer, a shot rang out. I swear, for a moment I thought someone had just shot a gun, but as my senses analyzed quickly further, I realized it had come from the computer. At first I thought it must have been a computer component(the side panel is never on the computer), but I then noticed something floating to the ground in front of the computer, and my Lite-On 411s drive bay door was partially adjar, with Windows XP Pro disc fragments sticking out. It did have a small crack along the inner margin of the disc. One of the few ribbon cables that does not require soldering was sliced, so I am trying to find a replacement.

    To those whose drives wont close, assuming you have made your best effort to extract all plastic, I had a problem with closure. Tray would slice in and out about 2-3 cm from a position close to being closed, but would also not quite close. Had something to do with something jumping over something(clear huh) when the tray was jarred open. What worked for me was forcing it closed(about 2-3 mm), and then pushing the paper clip release button in, while then opening tray(or some variation of that). The tray now slides in and out fine.

    I thought it was one of the wonders of the world at first, like the time I squeezed a lime into a beer, and the whole thing then froze solid from the bottom up before my eyes, but I guess its not that uncommon.

  47. Well, after going karting on my 18th birthday, my mate and me went back to mine. I whooped my mates back side on a LAN game of CS:Source and my other mate spied Red Alert 2 to which I suggested he has a play. Put the CD into the drive and loaded it up. For some reason the buildings kept self destructing so we went and watched tv. After they had went home, about 3 hours later I heard an almighty whiring noise and thought it was just the fan buggering up. As soon as I got up and went to the computer the sound stopped but I realised it wasnt the fan, it was the CD drive so I pushed the button to open it. No chance! I removed the side panel of the computer and extracted as much dust as I could so I could see if anything was broken inside, and if I could push the drive open from behind. Still no luck. My other method was to prize it open with a screwdriver. This one worked and I was greeted with a quarter of a CD worth of shards. DOH! I got as much as possible out but didnt want to mess about with it incase the shards had damaged the drive in anyway. Thank fully the computer is under extended warrenty with Dell so the engineer is coming out within 24hrs to replace the drive. Good job Red Alert 2 comes with 2 cds!

  48. my girlfriends cd rom exploded and now the cd rom is stuck open and wont stay shut . very wierd . im gonna try to fix it today . wish me luck .

  49. My Red Alert 2 cd exploded today ruining the drive… It seems those RA2 cds are pretty nasty as they are exploding en masse :| (found 3 comments here about RA2 cds exploding)

  50. I had a CD exploded yesterday at work. We heard a loud noise, and we started to look everywere and didn’t find anything. After a while I decided to change the CD I had in my CD-ROM drive and there was my CD in 50 pieces.

  51. i had a disc explode on me about 30 minutes ago i was installing a game and BOOM the disc was shattered into a hundred pieces. ive had that disc for a long time so it could had a few small cracks but damn im pissed and my drive is destroyed too it shatered the lens or something cause it wont work anymore im very angry this comp is brand new and band things keep happening first a vrius then the case fan died now the cd rom drive explodes wtf? my old comp never did shit like this it was way more reliable it was just slow as hell

  52. LG GSA-H10L with old Age of Kings game cd. I heard a noise, I thought someone had just fired at me; the installation of the game failed and when I ejected the cd, well, pieces of it fell off the tray. Bizarre.

  53. It just happened at the office. A Visual Studio 6 CD just exploded inside a desktop of one of the guys, the CD ROM is working or so it seems, but the desktop went to Valhala with a blue screen of death and it hasn’t come back =S

    It’s funny, a few years ago happened on a friend’s computer it was a HP Pavillion, on that ocassion HP’s warranty covered all the hardware, the CD was a blank one so there was no data to miss.

  54. My cd exploded jamming the drive! after finally getting it open it would not close again, and in the end I had to pay ?33 for a new cd drive!

  55. I was playing my game when i heard a huge bang it scared the shit out of me the disk broke in many peices and now i can’t get them out of my computer. I did not no what the hell went on so i checked to see why this happened. This is when i found this site and i just wanted to share the information about the exploding disk.

  56. I was loding my Game cd into my computer, and 10 mins later i heard a sound I can only relate to as a spedded up video of a F1 car accelerating. Them BOOM. The CD blew off the front bezel of the cd drive, and shards of sharp plastice went EVERYWHERE. One actually went out the door of my room! I was lucky to not have gotten cut or something like that.

  57. Same thing happened to me on Dec 23, 2007. 52X LG drive and LabelWasher software disk. Thought a gun when off inside the computer. I was literally 2 feet from drive when the CD exploded. Luckily everything was contained within the drive. I pulled the drive out and opened it up, cleaned out all the fragments and reassembled the drive. It’s working fine again but I’m shopping around for a slower speed drive to replace it now. So much for progress.

  58. Wow. I had no idea this many people had had the same expierence! I was putting some music on my media player, around three in the morning one night when I dug up an old cd I hadn’t heard in awhile. I put it in the drive waited for it to load when BANG! It sound like a car backfiring. The cd drive door was open and a large shard of cd was lying on the floor halfway across the room. I was able to shake most of the cd piece out of the drive but it my computer hasn’t worked right since.

  59. I was installing windows (just a copy) when i heard a loud bang, i thought that something fell, at my computer the files won’t copy, so i skip, the second file after the bang won’t copy, so i opened the disc drive and saw shards of the disc, three big ones were inside that i manage to pulled out with cotton wad, good thing i wasn’t near the computer

  60. just happened to me on my external hp dvd1270 52x burner. millions of tiny snowflakes. what I do not understand at all is 1. It is only 5 months old. 2. It was brand new cd (blank) and biggest brain fart is I put it in to burn photos on and walked to couch never even started the burning process. within 5 seconds of putting disc in no spinning sound just BAM! Whats up with that? How could it explode when was not even spinning????

  61. Hey guyz…! Please help me.. my pc was used by my frndz when i was away.. when i returned i found that my dvd writer was struk.. it wont eject.. the i opened it and cleaned it.. i found a broken cd like particals in it… after cleaning it ejects and closes but it read any cd/dvd and the disc wont spin either… ma frndz said the dont no anything abt this… what do i do? But the pieces were much thinner than a cd or dvd disc

  62. My husband and I had this happened with two different CDs in two different computers within a week of each event. Had never had this happen before. We were able to get all of it out of my husband’s computer and he is able to at least play music again. My computer drive was ruined and will need professional help.

  63. Just minutes ago my second CD disk exploded inside an ASUS cd drive. This happened to me before with a SONY drive.

    The first explosion happened while running a tiberian sun CD, the last one a few minutes ago was using ISO recorder to write an iso image. The last CD disk was a rewritable Memorex regular CD. ISO recorder erased the rewritable and then WHAM! a loud bang.

    Needless to say I’m baffled on what can be the cause of both failures, cracked CDs? Once these explosions happened both CD drives were left useless with hundreds of little sharp pieces of a CD disk inside. I didn’t bother to see if the drives were still usable.

    CD disks DO EXPLODE.

  64. Just minutes ago my second CD disk exploded inside an ASUS cd drive. This happened to me before with a SONY drive.

    The first explosion happened while running a tiberian sun CD, the last one a few minutes ago was using ISO recorder to write an iso image. The last CD disk was a rewritable Memorex regular CD. ISO recorder erased the rewritable and then WHAM! a loud bang.

    Needless to say I’m baffled on what can be the cause of both failures, cracked CDs? Once these explosions happened both CD drives were left useless with hundreds of little sharp pieces of a CD disk inside. I didn’t bother to see if the drives were still usable.

    CD disks DO EXPLODE.

  65. I’m worrying my Marine Sharpshooter may explode right now, and I just installed Cod4 yesterday and it wasn’t even noisy.

  66. My wife found a game at a yard sale and bought it. I checked the disk and tried to load the game. It shattered in the drive into a “million” bits. First time it has happened to be but I will not forget it. I was sitting next to the tower when it went.

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