In this batch of troubleshooting articles we are exploring the numerous ways to eject a disc stuck inside a Mac. While a jammed disc can induce heart palpitations, i’m sure one of the 17 easy tricks outlines in this chapter will getting it popping out pronto! Catch up with the previous articles here…
Now lets get back to work!
Force Eject stuck Mac disc with ‘Power Restart
This is a restart with a difference. There are two main power eject restarts we can explore. Before you execute any of them of please make sure you turn off your Mac the correct way and leave it to rest a few minuets.
1.) Restart your Mac by pressing the power button.
2.) As soon as the Mac starts to spring into life, hold down your mouse or Trackpad button. Keep this button firmly held down until your Mac has fully rebooted. In theory the disc should automatically slide out.
1.) If the method above fails, try restarting your Mac whilst holing down your ‘Option’ key. (The option key is located two keys to the left of your space bar).
2.) The special key configuration should open up the ‘Startup manager’.
3.) As soon as the ‘bootable Volume’ window appears, release the Option key and press the ‘Eject’ button in the top right hand corner of your keyboard.
4.) The disc should now eject by itself.
Eject with a Shut Down and Reboot
Often when technical things go wrong with any type of computer, a simple breather is all it needs, and 9 times out of ten the machine will be back to normal once rebooted.
1.) Turn off your Mac the proper way.
This means shutting the machine down respectfully by either selecting the ‘Shut down’ via the Apple menu in the toolbar or lightly pressing on your power button to bring up the window of options.
If your Mac is frozen then by all means result to desperate measure and forcefully hold down the power button until the black screen shows.
2.) Now wait a few minutes for your Mac to take a breather, pop and grab a cup of tea and a mars bar to calm the nerves.
3.) Now press the power button to reboot the machine.
4.) As soon as your Mac has finished waking up (you don’t want to rush and start throwing commands at it as this may delay and even freeze it).
5.) Finally attempt to eject the stuck disc once again using one of the simple methods outlined previously.
Download DiscEject for Mac
DiscEject is a handy little Mac software that specialises in evicting CD and DVD squatters from your disc drive.
It is fast and easy but more importantly it is highly rated by its users. I wouldn’t typically suggest installing a third party softwares unless it was entirely necessary but if you have fallowed all of the tips so far and still can not get the disc to slide out, then DiscEject a great App to turn to at this point. It will only with OS X 10.5 or later.
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Call a Mac Genius
We want you to fix this problem for free, so before you book an appointment at your closest Apple Store or local tech shop, we suggest you give Apple support a call. If you have insurance or an Apple Care plan then all of their help will be free. If you do not have insurance or backup or any kind, it us still worth giving them a ring as you may just get a helpful fellow at the end of the line who is only to glad to give you some free technical advice, it has happened to me…
Lets Get Physical
You have no doubt noticed that all of the tips and tricks displayed above are internal methods to eject a stuck disc on Mac. If none of the above solutions have worked and seen your Mac spit out the naughty disc, then naturally we turn towards exploring a more physical approach. Please see our article…‘How to Physically Eject Stuck Mac Disc’.
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