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I need to open the SuperDrive flap on a dead MacPro

188 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2012 10:39 PM by Wynn Roberts RSS
Wynn Roberts Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 6, 2012 8:15 AM

I am having trouble starting up (grey screen, gear wheel, etc) and I think I have a failed drive. I need to start up from Utility but I cannot insert the disc as the drive door will not open until the startup procedure is complete. How do I open the drive flap manually? If anyone has any other tips i'spd be grateful to hear them. Thank you

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)



    Start up while holding the Alt/Option key. This should run the All-in-ROM Startup Manager, which needs nothing from any drive to paint a gray screen and draw an Icon for each potentially bootable Volume. Once it has drawn them all, the Eject key on the keyboard goes "live" and will open the drawer. After you insert a DVD it will re-scan, and if the new DVD is potentially bootable, it will be shown a s a boot option.


    If a drive that it sees has a corrupted Driver, it can fail, but that is RARE.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)



    The silver flap moved DOWN. exposing the tiny hole on the face of the drive. Inserting a straightened paper-clip will nudge open the drawer enough so that it can be opened the rest of the way by hand.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers


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