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There are lots of ways to get the system to try ejecting the disk, most of them detailed here: http://www.wikihow.com/Eject-a-CD-From-Your-Mac My favourite is restarting while holding down the mouse/trackpad button. If the drive is making noises but the disk does not come out, it is possibly hitting or caught on the edge of the slot. I have had success in ...
I went this route but don't get any sound unless I install a third party sound card and drivers and under VMWare this gets kinda screwy Consider buying an old Mac off eBay? I bought a very fast G4 PowerMac for a fiver!
You usually can't install an "old" operating system on newer Macs. It usually doesn't provide necessary drivers for the newer hardware. The preinstalled OS X on your Mac probably was OS X 10.9.4 (13E28). Older OSs like Mountain Lion (10.8) or Lion (10.7) probably don't run on your MBP and certainly not Snow Leopard. The only legal option you (and your ...
iFixit has a guide here. They also sell an adapter that you can use to replace it with a hard drive or solid-state drive, although just taking out the drive should not cause problems other than voiding your warranty.
Just an FYI: I had a similar setup in a 2011 MBP. It worked great for a while, but I started getting disk errors on the drive in the ex-optical bay. I think the disk interface was just not designed for heavy use 😓
I don't think that will be a problem, but you may initially need to hold the Alt key while booting and choose the Startup drive. If it still won't boot, reset PRAM with holding altcmdPR while booting.
I think your best bet is to buy a copy of Snow Leopard Server on eBay. Unlike regular Snow Leopard, you can run it in a virtual machine, so install VirtualBox. Parallels or VMWare Fusion and you should be able to install and run it.
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