[G4] Using a Mini CD in a Slot Loading Drive

Ronald Steinke ronsteinke at mac.com
Sat Mar 7 16:28:37 PST 2009

On Mar 7, 2009, at 1:11 PM, Thomas Bulat wrote:

> I just got a program delivered on a mini CD Disk which apears to be
> about 2" in Diameter.
> Is there an adapter so that I might load it into my iMac?

I have no knowledge of any adapter that will let you use a mini disk  
in a slot-loading CD player.

If you have access to a tray-loading external CD drive, you could use  
it to read the mini disk and then write the contents onto a regular  
CD.    BUT----under no circumstances should you ever try to insert a  
mini disk into a newer iMac----PERIOD!!!

If you do insert the mini disk, expect to have to remove the drive  
from your iMac in order to retrieve the mini disk. I had a client  
insert a mini disk into a MacBook Pro. It took over an hour to remove  

DON"T, DON"T, and DON"T again, use mini disks with any iMac except for  
the tray loading models.

Now that I have written all that, I suppose that you could hook-up  
your iMac to an older G3 iMac with a tray-loading CD player and  
started up in Target mode, and then transfer the data to the iMac that  
way. Of course, that supposes you have access to an older model G3 iMac.

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