I used the iFixit instructions and the OWC video to try to retrieve a foreign object from the DVD drive. I got the data cable...
The device powers up and opens correctly, but will not load the tape. Inside the mechanism strongly resembles a miniature VHS...
Before getting new equipment, consider resetting the vram, rebooting in safe mode, and booting to single user mode and working from there. Here's an article you might look at. Best of luck. http://www.macworld.com/article/2018853/...-good-macs-go-bad-steps-to-take-when-your-mac-wont-start-up.html