Methods for getting cd's out of a drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bender644, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. bender644 macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2008
    Hi all,

    I recently posted about my mini disc stuck in my drive. Does anyone have any links/suggestions/ways to get it out before I open up the iMac?

    Once it is open and I have the drive it likely that I'll be able to take out the cd without damaging the drive?

    Thanks for all you help!
  2. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    It seems like alot of people have good luck by just holding the system with the drive opening pointing down and gently shaking it to see if the disk will fall out.

    If that fails, I would proceed with caution using a pair of tweezers.

    If all else fails, I have heard of people using a thin piece of plastic with tape wrapped around it (sticky side out) in order to try to grab ahold of the disk. Just be careful that the tape doesn't come off inside the drive and make things worse.

    I am not sure physically removing the drive will help much, except that it might make it easier to position the drive to take a look...

    Of course make sure you are careful probing around in there, but you should be able to get it to come out...
  3. dbam987 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2007
    Many CD/DVD drives have a small hole that allows a paper-clip end to be pushed in to release the disc that is in it. For the Mini, you'll have to open up the case to get to the drive and look for that little hole. It should be on the front side of it, where the slot for putting in a disc is. This goes without saying, but make sure that everything is unplugged and take heed that if you damage anything while the casing is opened, it voids the warranty.
  4. ringos macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008
    Have you tried restarting, then holding the mouse button down until the disc ejects?
  5. scr1968 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2007
    Besides restarting with the mouse button held down (previously mentioned), I have also had luck going into Disk Utility and ejecting the disc from there.

  6. bender644 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2008
    I've tried the paper clip, and I cannot eject it using "software" because this is strictly a hardware-related issue. The computer doesn't know the CD is's in there though. So then, if i cannot get it out using the prescribed methods, i probably have to get a new (UGH) one? (70 bucks :S) Or, my thought was to actually take the drive out and open it to get the cd out and then reassemble it...
  7. Mikebuzzsaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  8. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

    I saw a guy on some TV show, with a computer problem.

    He 'solved' it with a Barretts 50 calibre rifle! :eek::eek:

    Here are a couple of 'troubleshooters'! :D

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