How to eject a CD or DVD that is stuck in your Mac

How to get a stuck CD or DVD out of your Mac

How to get a stuck CD or DVD out of your Mac

I know most current Macs don’t have CD or DVD drives, but we all know that millions of Macs still have them, and that millions use them for backup, music, movie, software installs and more. That’s why it’s so important to know how to eject a CD or DVD that is stuck in your Mac if things ever go wrong.

Try these steps first to eject the disk

You’ve already tried to press and hold the Eject key, so try these two steps:

  • Right-click the disk icon in Finder and select Eject in the contextual menu
  • Drag and drop the disk into the Trash.

If these don’t work, you’ll need to upgrade your approach.

Try these steps second to eject that stuck CD/DVD

  • Launch Disk Utility (Tap Command and Space and type Disk Utility). In the Disk Utility window select your CD/DVD in the sidebar and tap Eject at the top of the window.
  • If that doesn’t work, open Terminal and write (exactly as you see here):

drutil eject

Your disk should have been ejected by now.

If it hasn’t, try these steps:

  • Restart your Mac while holding down the Option button – keep holding this until the Desktop appears.
  • You should see the Boot Manager which will display all bootable drives.
  • Press and hold the eject key.
  • With any luck your disk will be ejected and you can select the drive you want to boot from.
  • As a last resort you can try restarting your Mac without actually loggin in. In theory, after around 10 minutes of leaving your Mac in this un-logged-in-state the disk may eject itself automatically. You can try pressing the Eject key at this point.

If none of these steps resolve your problem, then you’ll need to take your Mac off to your local repair/Apple retail shop.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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