GF Got A Pill Stuck In Optical Drive

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  1. aesir911 macrumors member

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    My girlfriend somehow got a pill or something of that size stuck in it. I personally have not tried to get it out yet, but she said she tried all of the basics. Is there anyway I can open it and get it out? Would it be easier to get out if the optical drive was removed from the computer? Is there any site I can pay to fix it for me? BestBuy offered $54 with no guarantee, kinda a joke if you ask me. I am not quite sure what the model is, my educated guess is the 2010 macbook pro 13" model. Do you suggest a site or buyer to purchase a new drive from? Thanks for your help, and sorry for the vagueness. If you have any questions that might be beneficial, let me know and I'll ask her!
     
  2. tninety macrumors regular

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    You can get replacement Superdrives off eBay for less than $50 :confused: Just follow the instructions for installing an optical HDD caddy except replace the drive instead of replacing it with the HDD.
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Where is the object? Entrance? Inside the optical drive itself?
     
  4. aesir911 thread starter macrumors member

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    @tninety - I'm looking on ebay, but so far am a bit unsure which one to purchase (not sure what the model number is for a 2010 macbook pro 13" drive).

    @jav6454 - It is in the optical drive itself... I have no idea how she got it there, just trying to find the cheapest way to fix it!
     
  5. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Don't, its ruined. You need a new one.

    ifixit.com
     
  6. Bradllez macrumors 6502

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    Was she trying trip your laptop up?

    If she wanted to do that, she could have just downloaded a psychedelic screensaver.
     
  7. aesir911 thread starter macrumors member

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    You would choose ifixit over ebay? ifixit seems crazy expensive to me. $200 for a new drive?!?!
     
  8. revelated macrumors 6502a

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    The title of this thread...it's just a prelude for inappropriate theories as to this event.

    And if I were you, I'd just take it to the Apple Store and deal with the price.
     
  9. aesir911 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not paying Apple to do something that I can easily do for myself hundreds of dollars cheaper...
     
  10. brand macrumors 601

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    It's funny you say that but are here asking for help. These are usually the people that end up breaking there devices even further.
     
  11. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816

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    They MIGHT be nice and do it for free. Depends if the genius is in a good mood.
     
  12. revelated macrumors 6502a

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    If you could "easily do it yourself" you wouldn't need to ask people on here.

    I'm just sayin.
     
  13. lazer155 macrumors regular

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    I've gotten an sd card stuck in my iMac's optical drive, took it to apple and the removed it free of charge. They just took the optical drive out and dissembled it to get the card out. It only took about 30 min. Before I took it there I had tried for nearly 2 hours to pull it out with tweezers, toothpicks with glue on the end ect. Nothing worked. Try taking it to apple.
     
  14. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Because ifixit has the correct and required drive... other places you have to check and see if its compatible...
     
  15. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, women need to be more responsible for birth control. They can't go around just putting pills wherever they please.
     
  16. gokart mozart macrumors 6502

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    I agree. Take it to Apple first. At worst they'll laugh at you and say they'll do it for an arm and a leg (at which point you can say no thanks and try it yourself via eBay or send it to iFixit). At best, they'll just remove the drive to get to the pill, and then send you off free of charge (while probably making jokes about birth control for the rest of the day). They wont charge you just for looking at it, and them just removing the drive beats having to pay for an entirely new one.
     
  17. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    Find an apple authorized provider or read up on some guides easily found online, take the optical drive out.
    Then you can unscrew the top portion of the optical drive and extract the item out that way, don't try to force it out the optical drive slot, will probably do more damage.
     
  18. aesir911 thread starter macrumors member

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  19. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    You'll save lots of time to just buy one off ebay. You can try and get it out of the drive yourself but if the pill ruptures in the drive the contents will spill on the laser eye and it will be impossible to repair. Any scratches to it or particles on it will just destroy it.




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    All that matters is that the cable plugs into the drive. There are 2 types that I know if. IDE and SATA. IDE looks like a socket plug, different from your 3.5 IDE drive - it looks more like a inch wide and 1/4 centimeter height plug where SATA looks like your normal SATA drive.

    You'll have to open up your MAC and see what kind of cable it has. Unless someone here knows for sure on the 2010 macs.

     
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  21. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

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    If you're already gonna have to open the computer to replace the drive, why not try removing the pill from the current drive (and not buying anything). You'd be surprised by how different things look when you get to the bare drive level.
     
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