If you ever put an SD card in the CD/DVD slot of iMac...

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Horacio Borromeo
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If you ever put an SD card in the CD/DVD slot of iMac...
Feb 16, 2012

Was very sleepy when I stupidly put my SD card into the CD/DVD slot of my iMac instead of the SD card slot. Panicked and called the Apple shop. The girl was giggling while I explained my problem. She said to bring it over (I guess I'm not the first, hehe).

Anyway, I searched the Apple Support forum and found indeed I'm not the only one to make this booboo. This youtube video was suggested and I have to say, it works as advertised!

Saved me a trip to the shop, and a potential replacement of the drive (worst case scenario)! Thought I'd share it in case others here make the same mistake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpwDfpH4hR0

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Horacio

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Re: If you ever put an SD card in the CD/DVD slot of iMac...
In reply to Horacio Borromeo, Feb 16, 2012

I have, dont worry your not crazy!

Thank god I reflected before letting go of the sd card but I have done this at least three times. They are too near one another.

I am thinking of buying a cheap sd card reader as I dont want the expense of having my Mac in for repairs.

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Horacio Borromeo
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In reply to art1sta, Feb 17, 2012

I have since put a sticker label on the edge of the monitor, just where the SD card slot is. So when I try to put in an SD card by feel, at least I'm in the general area of the correct slot

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In reply to Horacio Borromeo, Feb 17, 2012

Caught myself at the last minute when there wasn't much resistance. Whew! So I put a post-it note where the SD slot is. But you can bet I'll bookmark the video.

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In reply to amazo, Feb 17, 2012

Yep. I too have done this, caught it just in time when there was no resistance.

I think Apple messed up putting the two slots inline without any kind of physical differentiation when you are working by touch..

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In reply to Horacio Borromeo, Feb 17, 2012

Maybe that's why my mini doesn't have a CD/DVD drive in it.

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In reply to Zesty Orange, Feb 17, 2012

Did the same thing myself when I was sleepy. Fortunately, Apple removed the sd without and damage to the drive.

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In reply to Horacio Borromeo, Feb 22, 2012

Done that! I just fished it out with a bent large paper clip.
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In reply to Paul Pasco, Feb 22, 2012

Paul Pasco wrote:

Done that! I just fished it out with a bent large paper clip.
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Hope you remembered to unplug the iMac from the mains before you stuck the paper clip inside the slot

Never know what a metal paper clip might touch in there, hehe. That's why I thought the cardboard cutout was the best solution.

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Re: If you ever put an SD card in the CD/DVD slot of iMac...
In reply to Paul Pasco, Feb 24, 2012

Same problem for me, same resolution. After the gut wrenching thoughts of having to take this to be 'repaired' out of warranty, I never ever, ever, ever ever, have made that mistake again. In a revised version of the iMac, take that out Apple! (who am I kidding, they'll probably drop the DVD drive before they change the slot location).

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Done that! I just fished it out with a bent large paper clip.
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Yep. I found myself jumping up and down with the iMac
In reply to Horacio Borromeo, Mar 2, 2012

Yep, been there, done that.

I ended up holding the iMac in my arms, while I jumped up and down. Eventually, it found its way to the edge, where I managed to grab it.
Yeah, it was a scene to be remembered.

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In reply to Horacio Borromeo, Jul 14, 2012

Here is my SD removal tool for the SD card in the wrong hole syndrome.. Cut a slot in a old credit card or similar. Slide tool into slot above SD card - slide down and pull out.
Its a life saver

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In reply to cardinwrongslot, Jul 16, 2012

Did this a few nights ago! Luckily I realised while it was still reachable, still had to fish it out though!

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