How to Remove a CD From a MacBook Without Any Power

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How to Remove a CD From a MacBook Without Any Power
A stuck CD will keep you from being able to use the optical drive of a MacBook. (dvd image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

The MacBook has a front-loading slot with a mechanism that grabs the CD disc and pulls it into the drive. A CD can get stuck inside of the mechanism and refuse to eject itself. You can remove a stuck CD from a Mac Book when the power is off through the judicious placement of another optical disc in the disc slot. You will also need a few tools to help you remove the CD. Done correctly, neither the CD nor the Mac Book will be damaged by the procedure.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • DVD
  • Ruler
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Double-sided cellophane tape
  • Cellophane tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the lid of the MacBook. Place the MacBook on a table. Move the front end of the MacBook up to and over the edge of the table so the disc slot at the front end is unencumbered.

  2. 2

    Apply a strip of double-sided cellophane tape onto the DVD an inch in from an edge. Turn the DVD over.

  3. 3

    Insert the edge of the DVD that is closest to the strip of double-sided cellophane tape into the front of the disc slot.

  4. 4

    Push the DVD about halfway into the disc slot. Push down on the DVD.

  5. 5

    Gently and slowly pull the DVD back out of the disc slot.

  6. 6

    Remove the strip of double-sided cellophane tape from the DVD. Throw the strip of double-sided cellophane tape in the trash.

  7. 7

    Wrap cellophane tape around the jaws of the needle-nosed pliers.

  8. 8

    Clamp the jaws of the needle-nosed pliers gently onto the edge of the CD that has been pulled out from the disc slot by the DVD.

  9. 9

    Slowly pull the CD out of the MacBook's disc slot. Remove the cellophane tape from the jaws of the needle-nosed pliers. Throw the cellophane tape away.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean off the CD with disc cleaning solution once it has been removed from the disc slot.
  • Do not use a lot of double-sided cellophane tape because it will leave a sticky residue on the needle-nosed pliers.

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