DVD cannot be read or ejected

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Ramirez, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Ramirez macrumors newbie

    Ramirez

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    I have this ridiculous problem with my MacBook (unibody). I've inserted a DVD that the drive cannot read. Because it cannot read it, it tries to eject it. Now my MacBook has always been a bit dodgy at ejecting disks - sometimes I have to slant it slightly so the disc comes out. However, this DVD just won't come out regardless of what I do. It's stuck in this loop of trying to read it, failing, trying to eject it, failing, trying to read, failing, etc.

    Do anyone have any ideas on how to get the disc out?
     
  2. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    When this happened to me once I just opened up my macbook and then opened up the superdrive and took out the disc.
    I would suggest the same unless anyone has tips to get discs out without having to unscrew the whole machine :p
     
  3. Ramirez thread starter macrumors newbie

    Ramirez

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    Opening the back was my next move. I've watched a couple of videos where people slot something thin into the drive to try and assist the disc out, but none of these have worked. Off to buy some screwdrivers at lunch, I guess.
     
  4. blackburn macrumors 6502a

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    Slot loading drives are a pain in the ass. That's way I only use an external regular drive. The noise when I turn on the macbook already scares me, looks like it's hungry for an disk to chew:p
     
  5. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    I've removed my optical drive now. Placed a SSD in its place. No more hungry optical drive... the sound that thing made every time the computer started up or came out of sleep was horrendous.
     
  6. Ramirez thread starter macrumors newbie

    Ramirez

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    I completely agree. This is my second one (first was from a PC) and they are a continual source of misery.

    rkmac, how did you get the disc out in the end? Did you remove the entire optical drive?
     
  7. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    From memory, you do need to take the whole optical drive out to access the screws on the optical drive to open it as well. :(
     
  8. Ramirez thread starter macrumors newbie

    Ramirez

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    Thanks - that's what I did in the end. I think I am going to do what some of you guys have done. Buy an external DVD drive and replace the internal one with an SSD.
     
  9. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    Good to hear it worked out in the end :)
    Here is a link to a website that sells kits to replace the optical drive. Once you have a SSD, you will wonder how you survived without one.

    OWC Data Doublers
     
  10. Abscissa macrumors regular

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    I think I had this issue back 2 years ago, and the eject button wouldn't give me my disc back. I think upon loading you hold the mouse click down, if I recall...that got rid of it for me.
     

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