So how do you get that CD out? Wait – don’t take your computer apart! Some say you can use credit cards, but there is actually a much better and easier trick.
Insert two plastic zip ties – one into each end of the DVD/CD drive. You’ll want to leave about 1″ of space between each of these and the side of the slot.
You will angle one up and the other down so that one goes above the CD, and one goes below the CD.
You will only need to insert these about 1 – 1.5 inches. Don’t insert them any farther because you don’t need to, and you don’t want to damage any of the slot loading optical drive’s components.
After the zip ties are inserted, slide them both towards the middle.
When they are close to the middle they will be pinching the CD naturally.
Gently tug on both of them. As you pull them out, the CD will start to inch out with them.
If the fit is too tight, slide them a little bit towards the sides and away from the center.
Congratulations! Now you have successfully extracted a CD that was stuck / lost inside of your Slot Loading Dell Studio XPS CD Drive!!