How to eject a CD manually on a Mac Mini

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How to eject a CD manually on a Mac Mini
The Mac Mini doesn't have the pinhole release. (Apple Inc.)

The Mac Mini CD drive does not have the little pin hole that optical drives usually have. With other models of CD drives you can stick an unwound paperclip into the pin hole to manually open the drive, but not with the Mac Mini. However, there is a physical method of getting that CD out if all the software, firmware and operating system solutions fail.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Plastic ruler

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  1. 1

    Get a standard plastic ruler, which must be more than 6 cm (2.4 inches) long. Don’t use a metal ruler because you are going to stick it in an electrical gadget and there is a risk of getting a shock.

  2. 2

    Stick the ruler into the CD slot about 2 to 3 cm (1 inch) from the right side of the slot. You should insert the ruler to a depth of about 2 to 3 cm (1 inch).

  3. 3

    Gently slide the ruler to the right edge of the slot. Do not use force. When you detect resistance you have touched the release spring. Take the ruler out and the CD will also eject after it.

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