Mini CD Stuck

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JLJ50, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. JLJ50 macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2007
    I slid one of those half-sized CDs into my MacBook Pro and It ate it.
    Doesn't display on desktop or in Finder, can't figure out how to eject it.

    Help wasn't any help; no mention of little CDs or CD that can't be found on desktop (except for Preferences set-up, which isn't the problem)

    Is there a MacBook Pro equivalent to the little hole you used to stick a paper clip into to remove floppies?

    Any help would be appreciated. I really don't want to tale this computer apart if I can avoid it!
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    ACK! Those things are lethal in slot-load drives (whether Windows or Mac).

    Try rebooting the computer with the trackpad button held down. That will cause the machine to try and eject whatever is in it. No promises, however, as sometimes those Mini CD things get stuck and the drive can't eject them...
  3. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    When I bought an iMac, the first thing the guy told me was NEVER PUT A MINI CD IN IT. That seems like common sense for a slot load drive. You'll probably have to get the machine taken apart to get it removed :(
  4. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN

    Never put anything but standard sized DVD/CDs in a slot-loading drive.

    Stuck CD's are a pain to get out.
  5. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    This, or tiny tiny tweezers. If neither work, you'll have to take it in, or take it apart.
  6. chrisdazzo macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2006
    i recommend turning the macbook on its side, with the cd drive facing down, and holding eject. that should work. if not, there's plenty of discussions that can help on
  7. rottcodd macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2007
    Two good solutions

    1. Hold MacBook on it's side and shake. On my friend's MacBook the mini disk came out easily this way.

    2. Insert a thin card (e.g. business card) with tape on it (sticky side out, of course). Fish the disk out. See for success stories using this method.
  8. jamesybsu macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2007
    man I hope you can get it out. I think the lesson has been learned here now, the hard way unfortunately ;)
  9. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    i did that once.

    simply restart it. you don't have to hold anything down. the computer always checks if there's something in the drive and mine just ejected it upon the reboot.

    i didn't have any problems and my drive works just fine.
  10. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    I wonder why apple don't support mini CD/DVD? Just got some old gamecube games out to play on my wii, and that takes the mini-DVDs just fine in its slot drive
  11. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    i'd assume the drive in the wii is larger and newer than the mbp drive. who uses mini cds anyways?
  12. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    the only use for mini-discs is in those DVD camcorders... however crappy they are.
  13. GAS macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    This happened to me. What I did was, got a post-it note, and slide it into the drive, get the sticky part of the post it to grab the cd and then simply pull out. Worked first time for me.
  14. jbg232 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    My parents did this with their imac. When they brought it in to be fixed apple had to remove the drive to get it out but it only took 2 days before they got it back good as new. Apple didn't charge them in the end either.
  15. jus407 macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008

    apparently alot of people if this keeps happening
  16. Anderson3133 macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    Please dear god dont use tweezers, ask my xbox it will tell you the same thing.:(
  17. bijou macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2007
    Jesus people, when you use a $2000+ machine RTFM.:(
  18. forafireescape macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    Yeah, it's in the manual not to put anything but a standard sized CD in the slot...
  19. chrismac00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2007
    This happened to me the day I got my MacBook. It came with the Leopard Drop-In Disk and it got stuck inside. I couldn't use it the day I got it. It sucked until the next day I used some tweezers and it came out safely and didn't damage ANYTHING. You just gotta be SUPER CAREFUL!:D
  20. espressoroast macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2008
    how I solved mine..

    AHH.. the dreaded mini-cd stuck.

    Happened to girlfriend's Macbook once, what I did was,
    I turned it off, closed the lid, held it firmly and while the slot it facing the floor shook it a bit, forcefully but not in a huge sweep.

    The CD came off the slot thanks to our good friend gravity.

    Careful, don't hurl your laptop to the floor though.;)
  21. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    hahahahaha, oh silly gravity.

    again, mine just spat it back out. lol, it must've just been in a bad mood compared to all of your 'books.
  22. jlew82 macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2009
    post-its really work!

    thanks so much for this! I just got a new mac and did this dumb thing. thought after reading all the forums that i should bring it to mac office to get it fixed, as some of the ideas were using a paper clip which sounded dodgy and prob might kill your drive, but this post it idea sounded WORKED!! thanks so much!
  23. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    The Wii drive is specially designed to support the smaller disks, it also has to spin "backwards" to play the GC disks. It's the *only* slot loader that I'm aware of to support the smaller disks.
  24. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    Common sense and reading the manual- priceless
  25. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    While I would agree about RTFM, common sense is that Mac hardware "just works" and if I didn't know in advance I may have committed the same mistake.

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