Resolved Help! DVD Stuck in Optical Drive!

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  1. KUguardgrl13, Jan 21, 2014
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    KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

    KUguardgrl13

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    A DVD that I need for school is stuck in the optical drive of my mid-2009 13" MBP. Is there a way to get it out without ruining the disk or the drive?! The computer already thinks it's ejected.

    Thanks for any help you can provide!
     
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    Try force ejecting it. Restart your computer and before the Apple logo comes up hold the trackpad button down, the disc should eject.

    Edit: Ninja'd!
     
  3. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    If none of the above solutions work, taking apart the drive is fairly easy to do actually. Done it myself 4 or 5 times...
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    When the drive is out in pieces, just bin it and fit an SSD in a caddy :)
     
  5. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    Hey, I'm working on it! :)
    No, seriously just bought a Mushkin from someone here and am trying to find a good caddy now. SSD finally!!!!
    I've rescued a couple drives from death by just taking off the top cover and de-dusting everything, but it is risky. And an SSD is much, much better for most use.
     
  6. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    Well, the OP clearly needs the drive for School (thus the stick disk). He could use an external optical drive, though, but if one is using the drive regularly, it can be quite a bit of a hassle.

    Raptor
     
  7. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Fortunately the poster I addressed my comment to has a sense of humour ;-)
     
  8. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    Forgive me. I thought you were talking to the OP.

    I do agree with you, however. My optical drive remained in my MBP for less than a month before I switched it for an optibay.

    Raptor
     
  9. simonsi macrumors 601

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    That was quick - I lasted nearly a year but went via an additional 4GB RAM and a 320-1000GB HDD upgrade :)
     
  10. KUguardgrl13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's what my new rMBP is for ;). The optical drive is still in my mid-2009 MBP for the occasional times I still need one (mostly using remote disk to transfer digital copies of movies; that may be why it's on the fritz! Got lots of movies for Xmas...).

    Thanks for the tips and links! I'll see what I can do when I get home.
     
  11. KUguardgrl13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for all of your help! Holding down Option on startup and then pressing Eject got it to pop out. Since I also had problems with this disc in my PS2 slim, I think it might be the disc and not my optical drive. Hopefully the disc didn't mess it up though!
     
  12. mneblett macrumors 6502

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    When I did the Opti-bay thing to my late '08, I put the removed DVD drive into an external enclosure.

    I now have a handy external DVD drive I can use with my late '08, late '13, or any other machine. Well worth the (cheap) cost for the external housing.

    It's also handy when you get a disc stuck (as I experienced just last night) -- easier to pop open the enclosure and remove a few tiny cover screws than to remove the bottom plate of the laptop and dig the DVD drive out.
     

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