How To Open and Close CD/DVD Drives Via Software

Environment: VS6, Win9x, NT, 2000, XP, ME

This project was created for use as a testbed of what methods to use while inserting and ejecting a CD via software. Through trial and error, along with quite a bit of help from CodeGuru, we managed to develop this little app and decided to share it with others.

NOTE: This program has been tested on Win9x, NT4, 2000, XP, ME, but there is no guarantee it will work for you. I am not a professional, and as an amateur, chances are that the application has errors. I’ve done the best I could to weed them out, but I am definitely open to any and all suggestions. Please e-mail me if you have problems with the program, as I would love to get it running correctly.

The program is designed to be used as follows:

Enter a CD/DVD drive letter in the textbox. Select a command to perform (either insert or eject). Click the Go button and voila! The drive magically does just what it is commanded to do. If there is a CD in the tray when the drive is inserted, a check box will appear in the “CD Present” checkbox. If there is no CD available, the box remains unchecked. Currently, the app does not check for a CD when the program is started.

On systems where there is only one CD/DVD drive, no letter needs to be entered. One can just select an action and then click go. For multi-drive systems, a particular letter can be specified, and the appropriate drive will respond.

Note that there is very little error checking involved. Eg: if an invalid drive letter is specified, there is no response from the program; it will just wait for your next entry.

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Here are a few snippets of code:

BOOL CCdejectDlg::OnDeviceChange( UINT nEventType, DWORD dwData )
if (nEventType == DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL)
m_Present = TRUE;
UpdateData (FALSE);
mciID = mciGetDeviceID (CD_AUDIO);

return TRUE;

if (!mciSendCommand(0,MCI_OPEN,flags,(unsigned long)&op))
if(bOpenDrive) // decides whether to open or close
// open drive
// close drive
// release access to the device


Download demo project – 21 Kb

Download source – 9 Kb

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