When a disc gets stuck in your Macs drive it can be very stressful. Luckily there are loads of great methods we can explore before you need to book in an emergency appointment with a Mac genius. Most of the tips and tricks are internal and make use of Application options and keyboard shortcuts.
In an ideal world we don’t want to forcefully removing a disc from your Mac as this may clause damage. Before you attempted any of the physical methods listed bellow please check out our articles on ‘How to Eject a Stuck Disc on Mac’ as it is highly likely one of these simple solutions will see an end to this prickly predicament and have your stubborn stuck Mac disc sliding out in a flash.
However, sometimes your CD or DVD maybe jammed inside drive and is genuinely physically stuck. If this is the case then unfortunately it is very unlikely any internal methods will do the job. So If the above solutions have all failed and you are keen to get your surgical hands at the ready, then here are some ways to physical eject stuck disc on Mac…
Blow Debris Away
Your Mac disc may be stuck behind a little bit of built up debris.
1.) Blow into your Macs disc drive opening to try and release any build up dust, muck and debris.
Ideally you want to use an blowing instrument such as camera lens cleaner or an airbed or bike pump. If you don’t have access to any such tools then you can try blowing with your mouth, just be very careful not to spit into the disc drive, that would certainly set you back a little…
Tip: If you have a little make up or artist paint brush to hand then you could try and gently brush any debris away.
Note: There is much emphasis on the word ‘gently’ as inserting foreign objects can cause more damage!!
Push the Disc in further
It is possible that your Macs internal commands to eject your Macs stuck disc are not being correctly carried out because the disc is no fully inserted and therefore the computer can not read it. Gently persuading the disc to sit in the correct position can help to eject it.
1.) Locate another CD or DVD disc.
2.) Gently push the new disc into the drive and lightly nudge it against the existing one.
3.) Carefully pull out second disc.
4.) See if this has worked by carrying out some of the traditional internal disc ejection methods i.e. Holding down the eject key from the top right of your keyboard, or by drag and dropping the external devices icon over to your Trash Can located in your Mac dock.
Eject Mac Disc with a Business Card
Perhaps the disc is slightly jammed in the opening and is struggling to push out.
1.) Find a thin clean card, could be a plastic credit card or paper business card.
2.) Carefully insert it into your Mac disc drive and gently push pulsingly against the jammed disc.
Pull Out your Mac Disc Tray
If your Mac has a tray disc drive then you are in luck, these can be pretty easy to open up physically.
1.) Shut down your Mac computer first.
2.) Next look for the small hole on the disc tray.
3.) Straighten out a paperclip or find something of a similar size.
4.) Insert the end into the small hole to force eject the disc.
Another tip you could try if you have a tray disc drive is to restart your computer and gently push a thick piece of paper against the spinning disc for about a minuet. This slight pressure should prevent the CD or DVD from doing what it is supposed to do ‘spinning’ and in return the computer should automatically eject it thinking there is an error.
Visit an Apple Mac Technician
If you have exhausted all of the tips and tricks we have outlined in our stuck disc trouble shooting articles, then i’m afraid the final trick is to book your computer in to see a professional. Either a reputable computer shop that regularly deals with such problems or a take it to your local Mac genius bar and have a professional remove your stubborn stuck Mac disc.
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