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by swaff43 / May 14, 2010 12:22 AM PDT

My wife inserted a small disk into the cd/dvd slot and it will not eject. How do I get it out, short of taking it to a repair shop? It is a MacBook 3.1 Intel Core 2 Duo running OS x 10.6.3

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You can't
by Jimmy Greystone / May 14, 2010 1:05 AM PDT

You can't. And as you've found out, but for the benefit of anyone else who may be reading NEVER INSERT A NON-STANDARD SIZE CD/DVD INTO A SLOT LOADING CD/DVD DRIVE. They WILL get stuck, and the ONLY way to get them out is to take the drive apart. Also, these discs may end up shattering inside the drive destroying it and the drive.

You will have to take this to a repair shop, and they will have to take the drive apart to get the disc out. I had to do this recently for an iMac, and it shouldn't take them too long to do it. There is a chance that the drive will have to be replaced, and this will be considered accidental damage and not covered by the warranty. Just so you're prepared for what might end up being a rather expensive repair.

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try this
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 14, 2010 4:22 AM PDT
In reply to: You can't

turn the computer off and unplug any peripherals.

Hold the computer with the slot downward and shake it.
If you are lucky, enough of the disk will emerge for you to pull it out with your fingers or even an pair of tweezers. (The latter will damage the disk.)

If you need to move the felt that covers the slot, use a business card to separate the felt.

let us know what happens


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HERES WHAT WORKED -gettting undersized cd out of the drive
by swaff43 / May 18, 2010 10:20 PM PDT
In reply to: You can't

I rebooted the laptop while holding it with the CD slot facing down. While it rebooted I held the eject button, and viola! Out it came, with no damage to the drive!

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Ejecting a mini disc form your mac
by bill1710 / April 16, 2014 11:53 PM PDT
In reply to: You can't

yes you can.
Select the CMD button then the space bar.

A small terminal window will then open.

type in.

drutil followed by the space bar. then type eject. then hit the enter button.

the disc will then pop out.

regards BC

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Highly unlikely to happen
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 17, 2014 8:43 AM PDT

the eject mechanism for the optical drive is mechanical and relies on being able to connect lift and transport a standard sized disc.
The mini disc is almost certainly just floating around inside the enclosure and not in a position to be transported by the mechanism.

Note that the OP finally removed the disc by holding the machine vertically, with the slot down, and cycled the eject function.
The disc came out but was not "ejected" in the accepted sense.

Your method simply cycles the eject function, as does rebooting with the mouse held down or pressing the eject button.


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