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Westbo Feb 28, 2013 10:48 AM
CD drive on 2009 Macbook Pro kaput?
Hi all,

The CD drive on one of our 2009 Macbook Pros seems jammed. There appears to be no CD in the drive, yet the drive blocks any attempt to insert a CD. Is the drive done? Is it difficult to install a replacement? If not, can you recommend a good source for a drive and tutorial?

Thx! :)
Thorzdad Feb 28, 2013 12:20 PM
To make sure there isn't still a disc in there, reboot while holding down the trackpad button.
P Feb 28, 2013 02:04 PM
If that's not it, try searching iFixit for repair manuals.
Chito Feb 28, 2013 07:04 PM
Try opening Terminal and typing drutil eject. That will force the drive to cycle and may get it working again.
jmiddel Mar 2, 2013 03:28 PM
Have same problem as the OP, tried drutil eject, nothing happened.
Waragainstsleep Mar 3, 2013 03:37 PM
Sometimes you can unjam one by disassembling it, but more often than not they will jam again before too long. If you don't mind fiddling, its cheaper than a new one so its well worth a try.

To remove the drive, take all the screws out of the bottom of the MacBook and remove the bottom panel. The optical drive is secured by three screws. One at the back of the drive going through a small bracket, and one either side at the front of the drive by the slot.

To get into the drive itself, just remove the four tiny screws from the top of the drive and remove the lid. Its slotted down one side which works a little like a hinge. It should come off easy enough.
Once you have the lid off, you should be able to work out where any jam might be. There is usually a piece of metal that rises up at the front to hold the disc inside the drive. You probably just need to release that.
Westbo Mar 4, 2013 09:42 AM
Hi all, I tried the suggestions no success. I was able to get a CD inserted, now it will not eject. My next step is to try Waragainstsleep's suggestion. If that fails, off to the repair shop. Thx
andi*pandi Mar 4, 2013 10:19 AM
makes you kinda wish there were still a paperclip bypass access port.
Westbo Mar 4, 2013 11:08 AM
Indeed, Andi!
P Mar 5, 2013 05:48 AM
You can still trigger an eject with a paperclip - just push it in at the edge of the slot - but it's just a software button, not a hardware lever to forcibly eject the disc.
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