Getting a Memory Stick PRO Duo out of an Acer Aspire One

November 21, 2008

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Greetings, fellow hosed person. If you have found this post, it is because you, too, tried to put your tiny memory stick in your laptop without the adaptor, and now realize that it is stuck for good. Tweezers are too big to fit in that little slot, and it looks pretty hopeless. Let me share my experience with you.

Stuck Memory Stick PRO Duo in Acer Aspire One

Get some good, sticky tape. I didn’t have duct tape, and thought masking tape might not be sticky enough. We had a roll of electrical tape, though, and that worked just fine.

Cut off a piece a few inches long. Carefully slide it – sticky side toward the memory stick – into the slot. Use a knife to smooth it onto the memory stick, then remove the knife and pull on the tape. I had to do it twice since the first piece of tape was barely sticking to it. Worked like a charm.

Yeah, it’s blurry.

So go & get all MacGuyver on it, you! Good luck! If you found this post useful, please mail me one million dollars. Thanks.

UPDATE: Despite my mannish-looking hands, this is actually Lauren writing, not Lloyd. The ‘dude’ and ‘bro’ comments are starting to give me a complex. πŸ™‚

Ignore the finger.

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86 Responses to “Getting a Memory Stick PRO Duo out of an Acer Aspire One”

  1. rungrote athajarusith Said on:

    thanks!!!! u saved me from BIG trouble


  2. Beth Said on:

    I’m cracking up at this… And also, glad you’re the genius soul who would not only fix the problem, but also let everyone else know how. πŸ˜€


  3. nings Said on:

    Thankyou! Thankyou! Thankyou!
    It worked πŸ™‚


  4. UROSINHO Said on:

    oh dude,thank you.
    just to mention that I was pleasantly surprised how many of us “r-tards” there are actually.


  5. shon Said on:

    I haven’t tried it yet but I think you’re a genius! My wife is leaving the country in 24 hours and I just downloaded photos from her memory stick to my laptop because the pc kept crashing -- and now guess what? The card is stuck. I’m about to go and do your McGyver trick -- thank you so very much πŸ™‚


  6. Tommy D Said on:

    You, sir, are a saint! I managed to do this on the first night of owning it and was about to tear my hair out. Thank you!


  7. jacob Said on:

    This some awesome advice thanks.


  8. David Said on:

    this is the stupidest solution to the stupidest problem. and im glad you put it on here so i can save my self from the angry wrath of my sister.


  9. Mark Said on:

    I think you deserve a Practially helpful Diploma (Ph.D.) in emergency engineering, with all the rights and privileges thereto. This is the stuff of movie legends (like in Apollo 13).


  10. zch24- from Manila, Phils Said on:

    I had to do it twice. Like what the author says, make sure it’s a very sticky tape, duck tape might do more harm than good, though. What a life-saver. Well done. Thank you. πŸ™‚


  11. Javier Said on:

    Thanks, now i know what happen with my card (Is to small). I get it off with 2 mini screw drivers, but next time i will try your idea, because is great. Now i try to find the adapter.


  12. MARK Said on:

    ya got one stuck last night no instruction in all of acer docs and a little plastic peice that looks like an adapter but isnt arrrgh! Thanks I Thought I was gonna have to take it apart!


  13. em Said on:

    You have to keep the plasic card in with the memory stick you put in so that this does not happen. You put your memory stick on top of the plastic thing and it clicks in…


  14. Id Said on:

    YOU SAVED MY LIFE! If i could ever meet you…i’d kiss you for sure.

    The memory stick has been stuck to my laptop since last week and i’ve been keeping it quiet because it’s my bro. Everyday i have to come up with different excuses as to where it is. NOW I FINALLY GOT IT OUT.



  15. Fiorano430 Said on:

    Brilliant thinking out the box, work in seconds and saved me doing a possible tear down that looked silly difficult. πŸ˜€ I wish you all the best in life.


  16. Kara Said on:

    You are a genius -- thank you!! Wish I had searched for this problem before I spent 30 minutes taking out screws & cursing… Your trick took 30 seconds.


  17. Plinio Said on:

    I will save money to collect one million dollar for you… πŸ™‚
    Thanks in million


  18. Mel Said on:

    You know, I was going to try the sticky tape thing, but I just decided to give the memory stick duo that was lodged in my aspire one a poke with a pair of scissors and it came right out.

    Good thing too, I couldn’t find any tape. πŸ™‚


  19. arrow Said on:

    Well, I was able to get the memory stick duo card out of a different acer laptop with a pair of tweezers.

    Amazingly, while the little card was stuck in there, the laptop actually recognized the device and scanned it. Ha, it worked.

    Of course it goes without saying that it is criminal for these companies to make mutually exclusive proprietary devices like memory cards and power cords. They want you to have to go out and pay top dollar for their stuff, which will not work on anyone else’s stuff.

    The memory stick card will now require another adaptor, something else to have to buy and then not be able to find when it comes time to download photos. sheesh.


    • Lauren Said on:

      It is annoying. I threw away the adapter for the memory stick because it was a school camera and we always downloaded pictures using a cable. It would be nice if they could fix this design -- either for the computer or the memory stick.

      With my current camera, I’m waiting for a wireless XD card (they have an SD) to be made. That seems like a pretty cool idea!


  20. Jason Said on:

    Oh GOD THANK YOU! Just got it removed in less than a minute. Perfect solution. Thank god your post came up in google!


  21. David M. Said on:

    Memory Adapters! We don’t need no stinkin’ memeory adapters!

    Oh yes, yes I do.

    Thank you.


  22. Joanne Said on:

    OMG. thank you so much. i tried the tweezers and when i read that, i cracked the hell up. thank you so much. =)


  23. Joanne Said on:

    P.S. you are SO going to get a shout on my website.


  24. Ejit Said on:

    Oh my gosh, thank you! Cheque’s in the mail. If you don’t get it in a week, it must be lost! πŸ˜‰


  25. Kristi Said on:

    Hi, I wanted to say thanks so much for posting this. It is old, but it helped me out big time. After trying everything from bobby pins to hair clips, super glue to nail files, your method was the one that worked.

    It was so weird. The memory stick WAS NOT COMING OUT, goddangit it was staying in there no matter what I wanted. Well when the tape was stuck on there and I pulled, it popped out and my jaw dropped haha


  26. Grateful'yo Said on:

    Dude… I stuck it in my girlfriend’s computer not knowing that it needed an adapter… panicked at first, but you saved my ass brudda. Thanks!


  27. lolz Said on:

    that helped. I just used normal tape, then got enough room for tweezers. THANKS A TON!


  28. Willem Said on:

    Yeah! It worked brilliantly. Even with nΓ³rmal tape!!
    Thanks a lot man
    Greetz from Holland


  29. Carl Said on:

    Thanks! Worked great! (I used packing tape, because that’s what I had… worked fine.)


  30. Daniel Said on:

    THX SO MUCH FOR THIS AWESOME TRICK GOT SO SCARED WHE THIS HAPPENEd just when i have the chemistry study guide on it got stuck THX so mx


  31. Jackie Said on:

    Totally genius! I did feel all MacGuyver, and it worked on my second try. Thanks!


  32. Krayze Said on:

    Thank you so much, i was getting aggravated.


  33. petra Said on:

    Wow, it sounded stupid but it most certainly works.I’ll be sure to tell everyone this li’l trick πŸ™‚ It quite possibly just saved my relationship, believe it or not. You’re a genius mate…thanks.


  34. David.c Said on:

    My mom was gonna kill me…


  35. SuperChunkyMoney Said on:

    Thank you so much!!!! It actually works great


  36. Mary Said on:

    I know this is much later, but this gave me the idea to fold some tape over to make a “handle” so I could put it in without worrying about how to get it back out!
    Thank you!


  37. Brandon Said on:

    thank you so much i almost crraped myslef because it was stuck however this happend to my cuz and hes like just use tape and not after 10 seconds of googling for help i founf this page thanks so much πŸ™‚


  38. Mark Said on:

    Hey sis! You’re a DUDE! It cracks me up that it took a GIRL to come up with this idea.


  39. chris Said on:

    hey. i just got a laptop for christmas. i figured i would try to dload some psp demos to my memory stick. i put the card in and dload my stuffs. when i try to take the card out, i see i am totally roflboned. thats when i decide to surf the web for an idea after an hour and a half of failed attempts with tweezers. i find this and i think, are there that many people as dumb as me??? i got it out using scotch tape and a credit card, but the same basic idea. i owe you one!


  40. Jon Paul 2012 Said on:

    Thanks! I was going to try tweezers, but this was even simpler!


  41. jude Said on:

    Totally fab -- hooray for you!


  42. Nick Said on:

    You sir, are a GOD.


  43. Jill Said on:

    Sad to say but it works =) thx soo much


  44. Lems Said on:

    o god, thank you. i’ve been trying for the last 30 min using tweezers and paper clips. lol, stupid me.

    this isn’t even my laptop, it’s my sister’s and i’m using it without her permission. hahaha. you saved me, thanks a lot.


  45. intronet bum Said on:

    thanks dude saved my acer 1410!! and the memory stick. TYmuch


  46. Liam Said on:

    Excellent and lifesaving tip, thank you. Is there no way a memorystick plus DUO will work on this awful Acer Aspire cardreader? It says Memorystick Plus, but not “Memory stick plus duo”….. thanks again!


  47. AndrewT Said on:

    Thank you so much!


  48. Papanash Said on:

    Thanks a lot!


  49. Abdullah Said on:

    Thanks alot. u saved me alot of tyme. i was trying to take it out for the past two hour.
    Thanks a lot dude


  50. malkie Said on:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you


  51. Joey Said on:

    Thank you. Using simple office tape worked for me. Well done!


  52. Tri Said on:

    OMG!!! Thank you so much, I was freaking out when I pushed it in further and further and it wouldn’t click back out. You are amazing, I’m pretty sure you could survive in the wilderness with just a knife and a piece of duct tape. Cheers.


  53. Brad Said on:

    HAHAHA! I just read the update on this post! Dude, you are so funny Lauren. Thanks for the laugh, bro.


  54. Eileen Plunkett Said on:

    I want to thank you for this excellent solution. We are on vacation and my friend forgot that our netbook only takes SD cards. Went nuts trying to get the stick out…..searched and found your site. Went to a hardware store this morning and as others have said, 30 seconds later, stck was out……………..



  55. crammer Said on:

    thanks for the post -- at least I know I’m not alone! What a STOOPID design flaw.


  56. jr2006 Said on:

    I just did this after trying many ways of taking that sh!t out of it. THANK YOU SO MUCH! You saved my life!


  57. gareth Said on:

    thanks very much I adapted your method by using two knife points as tweezers as didn’t have any electircal tape so another method available for people.

    Thanks though, wouldn’t have thought of it without reading your solution


  58. zane Said on:

    can somone help me with a similar problem i have a psp go i thought you can put m2 & micro sd cards so i put a sd card in the psp and the light flashed so i tryed to coppy somthing and it sayed “no memorey stick inserted” i checked it to see if it was inserted propley and i attempted to get out and it was stuck can anyone help its my new psp go


  59. bob Said on:

    thx dude my bro got so mad then i found this n did what u said


  60. Trixie Said on:

    I cannot even begin to describe how much you literally JUST saved my butt! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


  61. Tirso Said on:

    Thanks for this post. My son stucked his memory stick for his PSP into my Acer laptop slot. Although for me, the tape didn’t work but the knife did the job. But at least, I’ve got the idea.

    Thank you….


  62. faziiie Said on:

    thanks! it really worked! πŸ˜€


  63. TRIKTRIK Said on:



  64. Stay Frosty Said on:

    I used my teeth to remove it but your tip will work too.


  65. jay newby Said on:

    DUUUUDE! thank you 2 soooo much! u just saved me from killin myself n possibly my whole family! im an athiest, so it means a lot when i say: Thank God for you guys!!!!!!!!!


  66. Missy Said on:

    Does anyone know what memory stick adapter would be used in an Acer Aspire 5253-BZ412?


  67. C.J. David Said on:

    Thank you very, very much! This was a genius idea. Once again, thank you! πŸ™‚


  68. Paige Said on:

    You are a genius! I thought I was doomed after I jammed that little fiend in there. Your solution worked like a CHARM! Its out! Thank You so much!



  69. Aaryaman Said on:

    You saved me from a big big trouble may god make you the next bill gates thank u very much mann it worked in seconds


  70. jc Ko Said on:

    Like, seriously. This was of great help.
    Also, sorry for the “dude”. πŸ™‚


  71. Cris Said on:

    Thank you so muuuuuuuuuch, you saved meeee. It wouldnt have crossed my mind the way you did it. So smart thank you !!!


  72. CiciF Said on:

    Thank you!Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! Totally worked!:) πŸ™‚ My boss would have otherwise killed me!


  73. Pete Fakename Said on:

    I gently pushed it out with some scissors, by applying some pressure beneath the memory stick (it’s also thinner than the SD, so there is room for it in the SD port)


  74. LovelySilentRugged Said on:

    It really helped me escape my problem from messin’ up with my brother. I thought this will going to be a rampant war. Million thanks! πŸ˜€


  75. John Said on:

    Pure Genius Lauren, worked like a charm! Thanks!

    Next time I e-mail Acer I will let them know not to make the slot so deep (but they will likely not listen)

    Take care, ^_^


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