View Full Version : Can I read a small 80mm CD in a Mac?
May 9th, 2012, 08:39 AM
I only have two Macs. A fairly new 27 inch iMac and a 2007 2.2GHz MacBook. Both have slot load disc drives. However, I have been sent a new bit of electronics which has the instruction manual on a small 80 mm (8 cm) CD.
Is there any way I can read this on either of my Macs?
If not is there a cheap external drive around with a tray that will take it?
May 9th, 2012, 09:02 AM
The mini-CD will not work in either Mac that you have now. If you insert the CD, it will be lost. I've taken a bunch of CD drives apart, just to retrieve a stuck mini-CD or mini-DVD.
An external CD drive with a tray - probably not less than $50 - http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/VLU2SD22X/
Have you checked at the web site for the gear that you purchased? You may find that user manual as a download.
May 9th, 2012, 03:08 PM
If i were you i would buy one of the Blu-Ray Externals (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/blu-ray) and just get the shareware Mac Blu-Ray Player (http://www.macblurayplayer.com/). I use this software right now and they have been good about keeping up the Blu-Ray copyright through free updates to the program.
May 9th, 2012, 04:04 PM
How does that fit with the OP's question?
Not quite "cheap", and the OP may not need that if the manual is available for download.
There's also a good chance that the manual on the mini-CD is Windows-only.
May 10th, 2012, 07:54 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking at this Dynamode (http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/dynamode-insixt-external-slimline-usb-cd-drive-black-04877726-pdt.html) one, but the local PC World were out of stock last night. So ordered online. We'll see.
I'm expecting it to be a Windows program. Maybe the manual is text, but there's a bit of software too I believe. I would run this on the laptop under the Parallels emulator.