slot loading drives and mini-cd's

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by optijaz, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. optijaz macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2003
    Melbourne, Australia
    Now that the G4 iBook also has a slot loading system, I was wondering can the slot load drive take the 8cm mini-cd's?

    I use the mini-CD-RW's a lot for transfering files around (quicker to erase & re-write to) and I'm just wondering if these can be used with slot loading drives?
  2. Fall macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2002
    Why not jam one in there and see.

    Or read your manual. DON'T TRY IT.
  3. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    Might have to get an external USB CD-RW drive for that.
  4. Icekey macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2003
    Melbourne, Australia
    I remember when I first bought the pioneer slot loading DVD player that I tried that, and I believe it worked... well kind of. You could only get a tiny bit ejected, thus having to carfully pull it out. With the new slot loading ones like the ones in a powerbook I don't think you can cause it goes chachink. I wouldn't risk it
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I'd say it would be an exceedingly bad idea to try it. Yes, there's a chance it might work, but the mechanics don't look like it to me, Apple tells you not to, and you could end up damaging your CD, getting the thing stuck in the drive, or breaking the drive entirely.

    That said, I once saw a funky plastic attachment that would sort of clip on to a 5cm CD to make it the same size as a 12cm disc. It was in a Software Etc, so I'm assuming it was designed for game machines, but at least theoretically it would work with a slot-loading Mac. Still sounds dangerous to me, particularly if the spin rate is high, but if you're desperate it seems like you'd be better off trying one of those if you can find one.
  6. jonapete2001 macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2003
    Go to an apple store or even better best buy and try it on one of their machines.
  7. MoparShaha macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2003
    San Francisco
    I have a slot loading iMac, and they have always worked really well. It ejects them as far as a regular CD. Laptop drives might be different though.....:confused:
  8. Fall macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2002
  9. revenuee macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    Well... i have a slot loading CD player in my car, and i find the Mini CD's to load well, and eject without problems aswell... No i know this isn't a compuer drive, but same idea.

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