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Mac os x won't eject disk

We have been convinced that the disc in the computer is stuck or otherwise someone put in a clear plastic disc. If you can at all please help

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  • silvanaclick Apr 29, 2009

    my mac pro tower wont even read the cd. then spins and spins. I can only eject it by putting it to sleep and inserting a paper clip in the emergency eject hole. i want to read my cd. it has very important photos on it.

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Shut down the Mac, and then start it up again, holding the primary key of your mouse down. That commands the Mac to eject any discs. It should work just fine. 

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