Mini-CD stuck in my Macbook!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by MsHotness, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. MsHotness macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2008
    Obviously, I did not read the instruction booklet before I attempted this, but it never occurred to me that the computer would not accept a mini-CD. So, now that it is in there, what to do?

    I read on another forum that somebody used a paperclip to get one out, but I think the CD is in too far for that and the paperclip would damage the computer as well as the CD, which I'd like to salvage since it contains a lot of good info.

    Has anybody successfully managed to dislodge one of these before? My computer is fairly new, Thanksgiving time is when I bought it. Will the Apple store help me with this, or am I on my own?

    Suggestions appreciated.
  2. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    I would definitely take it to an Apple store to ask them before poking around in that slot loading drive by myself. They might charge you to fix it, but that is just part of it. I can say they have helped me twice when DVDs split inside my slot loading drive at no charge, but those were broken full sized DVDs instead of a mini CD.
  3. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    Don't attempt to remove the mini disk yourself. Let someone instore do that fir you. You may have to pay a small fee for the service, but you won't have to bear the cost of a replacement drive if that is damaged during the removal process. Unless, of course the damage is already done.
  4. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    You might want to find your manual and at least look at the pictures.
  5. whitebook macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2008
    Northern Ireland
    Just take it the your nearest Apple Store and explain your situation as a couple of posters have said. Youll most definately have to pay a small fee for their time but it will save your DVD drive from becomin totally useless.
    Good Luck!!!
  6. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    The manual is there for a reason. I highly bet there is something relating to a Mini-CD getting stuck inside.
  7. gixxerredliner macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008

    :D i found that post funny LOL, Patriks right and I'm willing to bet there is a few sections regarding not using mini disc in macbooks. Also why take such a risk espiecally if you have the manuel lmao thats like changing the hard drive in your laptop and not checking which is compatible.
  8. eman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    You could remove the keyboard and pull out the optical drive and remove the disk (it should just fall out). Yes, this involves some work, albeit, not very hard.
  9. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    Here's from the manual:

    Using the optical drive The SuperDrive in your MacBook supports standard 12 cm (4.7 inch) discs. Irregularly shaped discs or discs smaller than 12 cm (4.7 inches) are not supported and can become lodged in the drive.

    And if you search troubleshooting the Optical drive, you get Apple Portables: Troubleshooting the slot load optical disc drive
  10. cloudnine macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I don't think they were trying to be rude. Me, on the other hand, would have said something like "You could have used the manual, or common sense for that matter. What moron needs a manual to see that a slot loading drive doesn't take mini-cd's?"

    But that's just me.
  11. Bwilky macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    I don't see why the OP would be charged for this service. He is still under warranty.
  12. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Because it's not a manufacturing problem. It's user error...
  13. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    Take it to the Apple Store.

    What I don't get is why Apple doesn't place a slot-loading drive somewhat like the wii's that accepts both the regular sized dvds and the camcorder-sized dvds.
  14. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004

    How thick is that drive though?
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    it is thicker and they own the patents on it and aren't licensing it either afaik. its all Nintendo's intellectual property there.
  16. LucyFM macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008
    I did that too. I just shut it down and closed it and gently shook it and the disc fell straight out, it wasn't pushed right in though.
  17. cjsmx65 macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    this happened to my friend's whitebook. It was in enough that he just couldnt grab it with his fingers. He turned it on its side and the disc fell right our:p
  18. Nobita macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    Has the OP tried this? Maybe if you turned on its side and eject it using the terminal (I forgot the command), It'll fell out... Nothing to lose right?
  19. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    the wii, which has a slot loading drive, accepts mini disks (for gamecube compatability) but i don't think it supports those silly business card CD's. This could have been implemented on apple's part but the cost to put in this functionality trump its obscurity.
  20. MsHotness thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2008
    Thanks to all who had actual suggestions. I was able to dislodge the disk by turning off the computer, turning it on its side, and gently tapping. The disk came out far enough that I was able to get it with a pair of tweezers and pull it out. The drive works fine and the disk is not scratched.

    For whomever likened loading a CD to changing out the hard drive, that's one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time. Thanks for the laugh.

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