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How to Eject a Stuck Disc on Mac OS X Yosemite – Pt1

Unlike the good old vintage computer models where if faced with a DVD stuck in your disc drive, you could simply use a toothpick to carefully coax the tray out of the machine and victorious retrieve the stubborn DVD. Now Mac computers and laptops swallow up your discs entirely, leaving you left to the mercy of the machine to push it back out after an eject command.

But what if the computer ignores your eject commands and your disc gets stuck?…

Luckily there are a shed loads of easy tip and tricks we can use to tackle this rather hair raising problem. In fact there are a whopping seventeen simple methods we can explore. These simple solutions are all outlined step-by-step in this set of Mac troubleshooting articles. So rest assure at least one of them will have your stubborn stuck disc popping out of your Mac in no time.

Note: As you are currently conscious your Mac disc appear stuck, you have no doubt already attempted a few manoeuvre of your own. In the upcoming articles we are going to cover every possible way there is to force eject a disc on Mac, by all means overlook the ones you have already wrestled with and skip ahead to the new tricks.

Lets begin with the basics. Bellow are the most traditional, fastest and easiest ways to Eject s stuck Disc on Mac.

 

The Drag and Drop

This is my favourite method to remove any external device such as a disc or USB drive.

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1.) Highlight and select the external devices icon by clicking on if from your desktop.

2.) Hold down that click and carefully drag the icon towards your Mac Dock.

3.) Drop the icon on top of the Mac Trash Can icon in your Mac Dock (bear in mind this will transform from an metal bin into an eject icon when your hover over it).

4.) If this method works the devices icon should disappear and be ready to eject.

 

Meet the Mac ‘Eject’ Key

Ejecting a Mac disc using your keyboard is the the most simple method imaginable.

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1.) In the top right of your Mac keyboard you will see a single key displaying the famous ‘eject’ symbol (a triangle sitting above a horizontal line).

2.) Press and hold down that key until your disc pops out.

Tip: You may have to hold down the key for a few seconds. Sometimes tilting your laptop to the side and gently shaking can help the disc to eject.

 

Eject with a Fancy Keyboard Shortcut

Fortunately there is another slightly more fancy keyboard shortcut we can use to eject a disc on Mac.

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1.) Press and hold down the ‘command’ key, then at the same time reach over and press down the ‘E’ key.

 

Close down Conflicting Programs

Sometimes when we attempt to eject an external drive such as a disc or USB pen you are notified that the drive is in use. Perhaps you have a file open in Word or another similar app and have not yet saved or closed the files down properly. This albeit rather annoying alert only shows up as a reminder to save your documents properly.

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To fix this situation…

1.) Save or close down any open documents you are working on.

2.) Then try and eject the external device using one of the traditional methods above.

Tip: If the above fails, perhaps you have not identified the app causing the issue, one by one close down any suspect open apps and try to eject once more.

For more tips and tricks check out ‘How to Force Eject Stuck Mac Disc – Part Two!’

Sophie

Sophie

Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)