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thank you everybody for all your advice - I was too afraid to ruin something, so I decided to hand it in to my Apple shop - they fixed it quickly and I had to pay 500 DK, which is about a 100 $MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1), iPod 80GB
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2010 10:20 PM (in response to Mr Lizard)Thank you for your tip about using an L shape extended paper clip to extract stuck SD card. It worked like magic!
I turned my iMac on its side and inserted the end of the paper clip in the CD slot and on my first try, the SD card came out. This tip works, try it first before trying everything else, including taking your iMac to the Apple store. You have nothing to lose.
This tip saved me a lot of money. Thank God for people like you who offered this simple solution.iMac 27 inch. Intel based., Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2010 11:15 AM (in response to grisling)Yahoo!!! I just got my SD card out by tipping it on it's side and using the paper clip. Popped out in 3 or 4 tries. Bad placement on the side right near the Superdrive, especially on the 27" monitor that I can't see the side of from my desk. Dumb move by me but flawed design too (although I love having the SD slot available).MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Airport Extreme BS
What if you folks placed a small strip of paint, or whiteout, or something to indicate how high or low the slot is? Nothing too gawdy, just a kind reminder. If not, just keep a paper clip handy???24 Incher Big Al iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
Hi, why not cut a small piece of plastic using an SD card as a template..insert this as a guide to the position of the card slot..this is what blind friend did - no more worries...L4 Macs - iPhone - 5iPods - Leica's - Nikon's, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Use em all" - Luv em All" - Need em all!!
I managed to get mine Out with the paper clip thing.
Almost cacked my pants
Perseverance and be carefulness is the key.
Insert Paper clip above where you think the card went.
Move clip down slowly, it should hit something solid, slowly pull out paper clip whilst applying pressure to card.
Good Luckimac 21", Mac OS X (10.6.3)
That was such a scary moment.
Paper clip is a little hard to handle at first but put it in above where the card is and use the shorter part of the "L" shape to pull it out.
I had to sit with the screen on my lap though, facing it the other way did not work.
I'm using the DVD drive right now and it's fine.
Really bad design choice on Apple's part. Still love it thoughtiMac 21", Mac OS X (10.6.3)
I put my SDHC card into it's slot on the iMac and wow it went in rather smooth. Hmmm... I look around the corner and luckily it hadn't fallen all the way into the drive yet.
A pair of toe nail clippers picked it out for me.
I searched this topic just because I thought it was RIDICULOUS for Apple to place both slots on the same side of the machine. Good Luck Gentlemen.
jerWhite MacbBook, G5 2Ghz 2.5GB, iPhone 3G. iMac 21.5" i5, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
well, daughter did the same mistake. We solved it by heating up a nylon cable tie and bending it flat to an L-shape. Entered the slot approx in the middle of it and after 4 or 5 attempts felt a resistance in the lower part of the optical drive, and there it came; the SD-Card came out.
Previous attemt to eject it with terminal command "drutil eject" didnt work.
(What´s strange is that the optical drive was able to accept and eject CDs with the SD-card stuck in there. It also clicked and whirred normally when hitting eject command. The drive could´nt read CDs though
We prefered plastic that using a steel clip so to avoid damage to the drive.
Optical drive works surprisingly perfectly well after the fishing operation.imac27, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
I just joined here to add my name to the list. Yes, ultimately this was my mistake but putting two slots literally 3mm from each other and out of sight is just a poor design. I swear I heard the card fall to the bottom of my iMac.
I tried a CD to see if ejecting it might dislodge the card. Yeah, that a was stoooopid idea but it sort of made sense at the time. This also told me the drive would no longer read discs so I was certain I was going to have to ship it back to Apple for factory service. But I figured I'm not the only one to do this since they are too close together so I did a search and thank goodness I came across this thread.
So, also add my name to the THANK YOU list for the paper clip idea. I got it out on the 4th try.Imac
UGH!!!! I CAN'T GET IT OUT...I CAN'T EVEN FEEL THE DANG THING...
I did the same thing. I got my vacuum cleaner and some duct tape. I put the end of the vacuum hose to the CD/DVD Slot and used duct tape to hold it in place while forming a seal around the CD/DVD slot. Turned that puppy on on and "bam" that SD card was sucked out. iMac i7 2.8 iMac i7 2.93 MBP 15" i7 Unibody , Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 32GB and iPhone 4 32GB iPod Classic 160GB iPod Touch 32GB