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How do I remove coins pushed into the optical drive?

My four- year -old has just admitted to pushing one or more coins into the optical drive of my desk top. Is it worth using a flat knife on it to ease them out or should I remove the drive and then take it apart to get at the coins? Help!

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It's better to remove and open the drive. These SlimLine drives are rather fragile. Pictures of a hairclip lost in a MacBook drive here. Also the work of the owners little daughter. Where would be the Mac repair business without the little ones? ;-)

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You should be fine just using this guide to remove the optical drive, after which you can simply pick out the coins with tweezers.

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Depending on how far in they are, you might be able to get them out with something hook-shaped. This might also help: Optical Drive Disc Removal Technique, or Foreign Object Removal

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