Mini CD Stuck

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JLJ50, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I slid one of those half-sized CDs into my MacBook Pro and It ate it.
    Doesn't display on desktop or in Finder, can't figure out how to eject it.

    Help wasn't any help; no mention of little CDs or CD that can't be found on desktop (except for Preferences set-up, which isn't the problem)

    Is there a MacBook Pro equivalent to the little hole you used to stick a paper clip into to remove floppies?

    Any help would be appreciated. I really don't want to tale this computer apart if I can avoid it!
     
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    tersono

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    ACK! Those things are lethal in slot-load drives (whether Windows or Mac).

    Try rebooting the computer with the trackpad button held down. That will cause the machine to try and eject whatever is in it. No promises, however, as sometimes those Mini CD things get stuck and the drive can't eject them...
     
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    taylorwilsdon

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    When I bought an iMac, the first thing the guy told me was NEVER PUT A MINI CD IN IT. That seems like common sense for a slot load drive. You'll probably have to get the machine taken apart to get it removed :(
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Note:

    Never put anything but standard sized DVD/CDs in a slot-loading drive.

    Stuck CD's are a pain to get out.
     
  5. macrumors 68020

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    This, or tiny tiny tweezers. If neither work, you'll have to take it in, or take it apart.
     
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    chrisdazzo

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    i recommend turning the macbook on its side, with the cd drive facing down, and holding eject. that should work. if not, there's plenty of discussions that can help on apple.com.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Two good solutions

    1. Hold MacBook on it's side and shake. On my friend's MacBook the mini disk came out easily this way.

    2. Insert a thin card (e.g. business card) with tape on it (sticky side out, of course). Fish the disk out. See http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6217947&tstart=0 for success stories using this method.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    man I hope you can get it out. I think the lesson has been learned here now, the hard way unfortunately ;)
     
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    swwack91

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    i did that once.

    simply restart it. you don't have to hold anything down. the computer always checks if there's something in the drive and mine just ejected it upon the reboot.

    i didn't have any problems and my drive works just fine.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder why apple don't support mini CD/DVD? Just got some old gamecube games out to play on my wii, and that takes the mini-DVDs just fine in its slot drive
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    i'd assume the drive in the wii is larger and newer than the mbp drive. who uses mini cds anyways?
     
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    swwack91

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    the only use for mini-discs is in those DVD camcorders... however crappy they are.
     
  13. GAS
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    This happened to me. What I did was, got a post-it note, and slide it into the drive, get the sticky part of the post it to grab the cd and then simply pull out. Worked first time for me.
     
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    jbg232

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    My parents did this with their imac. When they brought it in to be fixed apple had to remove the drive to get it out but it only took 2 days before they got it back good as new. Apple didn't charge them in the end either.
     
  15. macrumors member

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    apparently alot of people if this keeps happening
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    Please dear god dont use tweezers, ask my xbox it will tell you the same thing.:(
     
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    bijou

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    Jesus people, when you use a $2000+ machine RTFM.:(
     
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    forafireescape

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    Yeah, it's in the manual not to put anything but a standard sized CD in the slot...
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

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    This happened to me the day I got my MacBook. It came with the Leopard Drop-In Disk and it got stuck inside. I couldn't use it the day I got it. It sucked until the next day I used some tweezers and it came out safely and didn't damage ANYTHING. You just gotta be SUPER CAREFUL!:D
     
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    espressoroast

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    how I solved mine..

    AHH.. the dreaded mini-cd stuck.

    Happened to girlfriend's Macbook once, what I did was,
    I turned it off, closed the lid, held it firmly and while the slot it facing the floor shook it a bit, forcefully but not in a huge sweep.

    The CD came off the slot thanks to our good friend gravity.

    Careful, don't hurl your laptop to the floor though.;)
     
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    swwack91

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    hahahahaha, oh silly gravity.

    again, mine just spat it back out. lol, it must've just been in a bad mood compared to all of your 'books.
     
  22. macrumors newbie

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    post-its really work!

    thanks so much for this! I just got a new mac and did this dumb thing. thought after reading all the forums that i should bring it to mac office to get it fixed, as some of the ideas were using a paper clip which sounded dodgy and prob might kill your drive, but this post it idea sounded benign..it WORKED!! thanks so much!
     
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    snowmoon

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    The Wii drive is specially designed to support the smaller disks, it also has to spin "backwards" to play the GC disks. It's the *only* slot loader that I'm aware of to support the smaller disks.
     
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    mikes70mustang

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    Common sense and reading the manual- priceless
     
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    snowmoon

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    While I would agree about RTFM, common sense is that Mac hardware "just works" and if I didn't know in advance I may have committed the same mistake.
     

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