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MacBook Force Eject CD

Hi,

Got a CD stuck in my MacBook, I tried everything, I can't find an emergency eject button, the CD won't come out. If this matters, the CD is an original.

How can i get it out?

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  • hooperM Oct 05, 2008

    Had the exact same problem, the solution below solved it.

    Thank you.


  • laylas-mom Oct 08, 2008

    I have a CD stuck in my disc drive. I have tried hold down the trac pad button while restarting but that doesn' t work either. HELP!

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    Just tried holding down the Trackpad button upon startup on my black Intel based macbook and it ejected the stuck CD! Worked perfectly the first time.

  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2009


    exact same problem here =(

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2009

    I have a MacBook pro and inserted the VCD and started to hear it starts to spin but for 10 mins, it appeared that the drive is not reading content of the VCD. tried to push the media eject button but nothing happend. please advise steps to forec eject the CD.



    thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2009

    I have a burnt CDR stuck in my MacBook drive too. It's as if it isn't even there as I can insert another cd but it won't read. Apple shouldn't have gotten rid of the force eject pinhole.

  • jacksdaddy Apr 04, 2009

    I put a blank cd into the macbook pro a few minutes ago, and it was never recognized and mounted on the desktop. It won't let me eject the disc with disc utility, the eject button, iTunes, etc., because it won't highlight the "eject" option. When I tried the disc utility option, it wouldn't let me do that, because it says that the device is busy right now--even though my disc isn't listed anywhere! I don't know what to do!

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    Same problem what is the deal... Holding the eject button worked once during start up but now a DVD seems to be in there perminitly. 

  • lizzardqueen Apr 17, 2009

    None of the solutions have worked for me!!! PLEASE HELP!!! I need the CD, it has pictures I need to have developed on it and it won't come out. It makes the noise it normally would when a CD comes out (and the CD icon disappears from the desktop) and I can see the tip of the CD come out from the slot, then it goes back in the slot (and the CD image reappears on the desktop!)

  • Via11 Apr 24, 2009

    I TRIED ALL OF THE ABOVE! 


    I have an intel based Macbook, and I didnt know not to put in a mini dvd...now it's stuck and it won't come out...please help :(


    Macs are overrated...they ****.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    hey guys i had trouble ejecting my disc


    then i realized there was no disc inside!

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    talk121neil Feb 10, 2012

    hold down trackpad on startup; worked first time.

  • Restarting the MacBook or Mac an holding down spacebar also works to do a forced eject (:

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    keeps ejecting CD's

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Worked for me:
1)open Terminal
2)copy this into it:
diskutil unmount disk1
diskutil eject disk1
3)press enter
4)cd comes out

found here: http://condonethis.com/mac_eject/

Posted on May 07, 2009

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There are two solutions for this. The easiest is to reboot and hold down the mouse button while the computer reboots. This will eject any media in your drive.

The other solution is to use a software eject tool like Ardiem (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14491) or if you have a program like Toast that deals with CDs and DVDs you'll usually find an Eject menu option.

Posted on Oct 06, 2008

  • Aarborn Dec 05, 2011

    Nice!! Thank you

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Items Needed: (2) credit cards

Step 1: Make sure the computer is off, but ready to be powered up. The screen does not have
to work. Only the little power light has to be on.

Step 2: Insert credit card A about a 1/4in. into the slot, (closer to the reaer of the computer),
pull the card towards you. it will make contact and gently force a "disc catch" out of
the way. It moves up & down to allow or not allow the disc to come out.

Step 3: Insert credit card B until makes contact with the disc and slides above it. Turn the
computer on and do not allow the disc to spin.

Step 4: While the computer is turning on repeatedly press the "eject" button. Remove credit card
A and B once you hear the computer trying to eject the disc.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

  • cablecritter Dec 17, 2011

    I was creating a DVD disk in Toast, and the blank disk I had inserted would not come out, no matter what solution I tried until I got the disk to stop spinning using the credit card solution, then press the eject on my MacBook Pro. This one worked for me! Thanks mcastrojr83!!!

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Shutdown computer hold down F12 key and restart computer disk will eject

Posted on Jan 12, 2010

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  • barnabyd Sep 25, 2010

    Thank yo so much!!!

  • rfrrazz Oct 12, 2010

    this worked where the other recommended key combos did not (the macbook would not boot -- just got light-blue screen). But I needed to keep F12 held down for quite a while (probably about 2 minutes) before the disc ejected

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    Dennis Demers Oct 13, 2011

    Wow! After trying every solution here and in other places, using terminal and various key combinations, this one did it! What a relief. Thanks robbyh.

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Just tried holding down the Trackpad button upon startup on my black Intel based macbook and it ejected the stuck CD! Worked perfectly the first time.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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I'll reproduce a solution I found on the Apple/Mac forum:
* insert a Post-It note, sticky side forward and down into the drive
* insert a full sized DVD, or credit card over the sticky note so it sticks to the mini CD
* pull out mini CD

After trying various "make the computer eject the disk" strategies, I was astonished and delighted when this one worked on the first try for me :-)

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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    John Oakley Dec 11, 2010

    I had to insert the full-sized DVD, pull up on the outside ( to push it down on the inside), REMOVE the full-size DVD, then gently and slowly pull the Post-It note out - with the offending mini attached.

  • villarsjohn Apr 15, 2011

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I TRIED MANY TECHNIQUES BEFORE THIS POST-IT NOTE METHOD, THIS ONE DID THE TRICK! THANKS AGAIN. I'D TRY THIS BEFORE ANY OF THE REST-ESP. IF THE MAC IS NOT RECOGNIZING THE CD. BTW, IT WAS A FULL SIZED CD THAT WAS "STUCK."

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Held the eject button to the right of F12 on reboot. Didn't work when turning OFF, just when turning back ON.

Hallelujah

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

  • barnabyd Sep 25, 2010

    Thank you soooo much!!!

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This just happend to me and was looking online for a method when I came up with this and it worked.
easiest way is to open itunes. select a playlist to burn. then when it wants to burn it, it will see the cd and pop it out because it cant be written over.

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  • Start at regular desktop screen.
  • Ensure you can see on top taskbar; Apple icon, File, Edit, View, Go, Window, Help.
  • Open "GO".
  • Open "Terminal" (it's just below "utilities").
  • Open "Disk Utility".
  • My CD popped up on the left. This was the only way my Mac would recognize the CD.
  • Highlight the CD.
  • Now go to the top taskbar in that same window, and click "eject". Mine came straight out.
  • Another website states you can type in: "drutil tray eject" to eject the disc/tray, and "drutil tray close" to close the tray.
  • http://guides.macrumors.com/Force_Eject_a_Stuck_CD_or_DVD
  • I don't know where to type that in. Didn't need it.

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Hi Joe,

This is what worked for me -

1. Restart the computer. If necessary, use the reset/interrupt button.
2. Immediately after the system startup tone, press and hold the Command-Option-O-F key combination. The computer starts up to a text-only screen, indicating that you are in Open Firmware.
3. At the prompt, type: eject cd
4. Press Return.
5. Type: mac-boot
6. Press Return
Found this gr8 answer at -
http://www.mac-forums.com

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I had a mini disk in a macbook (should never have put it in!), tryed several of the solutions to no avail.  Then I turned off the machine, held it cd slot side down and bumped it against my lap a few times and the mini disk came out enough to grab it with my Gerber multi-pliers and pull it out.

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I had trouble ejecting from the desktop, but when I ejected through iTunes, it popped right out.

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I had the same problem. It was "The Incredibles" that was in the drive. It wouldn't show up in the finder and wouldn't eject. Tried the trackpad button approach; no good. Tried the Terminal approach; no good.
What finally worked was preventing the disk from spinning upon restart AND holding the trackpad button (as with the cardboard method). But to prevent the disk from spinning, I used a pencil-like tool with a pointy-needle like end (similar to what you would use in biology class for dissection). I put the pointy end (duh) in the drive towards the rear of the computer, and was able to sense that it was on the edge of the disc (I could rotate the disk a bit). From there I restarted, while keeping the pointy end against the disk, held down the trackpad button and waited until the notebook spat out the disk (and pulled the pointy tool out at that time).
I had tried the cardboard trick, but it didn't work because it didn't prevent the disk from spinning. This did.

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I have read and tried all of these suggestions to ejecting my cd and still no luck

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

  • etienne_m_be Apr 14, 2012

    shutdown computer hold down ALT key and then a new screen appaers. Press eject key ( up right side ) cd will be eject. To restart computer choice HD Mac hard disk.

    Done :))

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THANK YOU l13ROYJOY......i tried everything except for manually trying to take the CD out and was about to attempt one of those tricks but then I saw your comment......For everyone with this problem just go into itunes go to a playlist and do apple E to eject the disk and it comes right out
one thing I put in another disk (one that I didn't care about), stupid I know, but I just wanted to test if it was my computer or the disks (my mac has suffered water damage...it's pretty bad i have to do apple+s every time i start up to avoid it starting in safe mode and my keyboard is on permanent caps lock so i have to use an alternate keyboard that i put on top...the people I brought it to to fix it had no idea how to so i wanted to see if my disk drive is messed up too) and right after putting the disk in i tried itunes ejecting and it didn't work so for all those that are trying to get a stuck disk out I would suggest restarting once...

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None of these methods worked for me, im about to lose my mind :( i cant get to the text ioly screen by pressing Command+Option+O+F keys (i have the latest keyboard, can it be different?)
credit card or cardboard methods didnt work either. i am using a desktop so holding the mouse button or track wheel is not an option. please help, i want this bloody cd out! :/

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Your best bet would be to shut down your mac and hold down the mouse button while restarting. You must also tip down your laptop a bit so the disc can come out easier.

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My CD would not eject from my Intel MacBook. It would whir and click like it was trying to eject the CD but it would not come out. I tried everything that was in previous posts. Finally I just shut it down and left it alone for 3 hours. When I powered it back up it ejected first try.

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I also just had this issue on a Intel MacBook Pro with OS10.5.8. I wanted to burn an ISO image to DVD and had inserted a blank DVD on the prompt from Disk Utility. The disk was not recognized - it started spinning and stopped again, apparently in an endless cycle. Relauning the system made things worse: It did not boot, all the time trying to mount the disk. Pressing the trackpad button or eject button did nothing. After switching the machine off and on multiple times, I left it idle for some 30 mintues. When I returned, the disk had ejected and the os booted.

Confucius said: Sit on the bank of a river and wait until the corpses of your enemies float by.

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I was able to eject by going to System Preferences>CD's and DVDs. It then said I had inserted a blank disk and what did I want to do. I selected "Eject" and it came right out.

Once it was out I blasted the drive a couple times with canned air and put in a CD that it previously claimed was blank and started this whole mess and right away it saw it for what it was and not as a blank CD.

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Turn off laptop then turn it on whilebooting press and hold eject.

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On my blog, i've posted another solution along with a description of *why* i think this happens.
http://myoldcomputers.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/how-to-force-your-macbook-to-eject-a-disc/

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The holding down the trackpad as soon as you here the mac startup tune really works! :D thanks for that. Had the same problem lmao

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I got it out with packing tape, adhesive side out around a business card. When I restarted and heard the drive clickety-clacking, I moved the sticky card around like a finicky key in a doorlock. It caught and came out enough to grab with fingers. Thank you.
The disk was a brand new Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk,Ver.79.0 efigscr that came with my new camera.

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What an incredible pain in the ****!! i inserted a post-it note (sticky side down) and then inserted a credit card to hold the cd securely while i rebooted....finally, i could hear noises that indicated it was trying to eject and i hit the eject button. it worked! not the kinda drama i need while in the midst of midterms!

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"This is what worked for me -

1. Restart the computer. If necessary, use the reset/interrupt button.
2. Immediately after the system startup tone, press and hold the Command-Option-O-F key combination. The computer starts up to a text-only screen, indicating that you are in Open Firmware.
3. At the prompt, type: eject cd
4. Press Return.
5. Type: mac-boot
6. Press Return
Found this gr8 answer at -"

This won't work with any Intel Mac as they use EFI rather than Open Firmware

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    THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! MY MACBOOK NEVER WENT TO TEXT ONLY SCREEN BUT IT DID FINALLY FIND THE C.D. AND I WAS ABLE TO EJECT IT!!!!! PRAISE GOD FOR YOU!!!

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you can eject manually. There's a very small hole on the front of your CD drive. Get something like a needle. put the needle inside that hole and push. Your CD should pop out.

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SOURCE: mini cd stuck in my macbook

You are going to have to take this to a mac centre. Apple say in the booklet that comes with your computer (and it should be pretty obvious when you look at it) DO NOT PUT MINI CDs IN A SLOT LOADER. the eject mechanism cannot get hold of the disk because it is too small.
You may be lucky by holding the mac with the CD slot downwards and then shaking it vigourously downwards - however do this with your mac powered off or you risk damaging your HD.
I have heard of desperate folks who have managed to extract a mini or creditcard CD using tweezers!

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SOURCE: disc won't eject

1. force turnoff computer than try to eject
2. use tweezers to grab it

DO NOT TAKE APART
THIS COULD RESULT IN ELECTRIC SHOCKS

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