There are a few tools around that can try and forcefully eject the optical media from your drive. ForcEject Tool. ForcEject is a tiny little tool of about KB that simply does what is intended and tries to force your Superdrive to eject its stuck optical disc. To use the ForcEject Tool, download and run it and an icon will appear on your menu bar. Click on the icon to popup a menu and either select to eject an internal or external SuperDrive. Hopefully this will pop out the stuck disc in your drive.
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Click OK to try and force the disc to eject itself. DiskEject has two versions in the archive, one for Intel based systems and one for PowerPC based systems, so you need to make sure to run the correct version for your Mac. It also has three different versions of the tool for you to use. Note the Advanced tool might cause your SuperDrive to make a few strange noises while running, this is normal. The third version of DiskEject is a service that you can install and then call via a keyboard shortcut, a useful option if this is not a one off. This last software based solution is using a built in command line program called drutil which can perform a number of optical disc related functions, one of which is to eject an optical disc.
Once you have done with the Terminal window you can simply close it. If none of these methods have worked so far, you will have to move onto more manual methods below. These are other methods or tricks to eject a disc from a Superdrive when it refuses to using software or the default button hold down methods, obviously be careful while attempting these. Tilt Macbook sideways if the drive is on the side of your Macbook, forwards towards you if the drive is at the front. While the tilting above often works, sometimes a more extreme version of that method is required to get the disc to eject.
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Instead of tilting the Macbook to 45 degrees, simply turn it completely upside down while simultaneously pressing the eject key. Since the disc is being read in an infinite loop, you can try using a small piece of cardboard and insert it into the gap until it touches the disc to stop it from reading, then press the eject key few times. An example of a good material is battery pack cardboard or a thick birthday card or even a credit card may work as well.
Good luck in removing the stuck disc in your MacBook! Hopefully one of these methods works which could save you time and possibly money. Thank you very much. After getting frustrated with several other methods for over one hour, I decided to try No.
One shot and the cd is out! Tried it all. I think the double stick taped cardboard pulled it closer to coming out.
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Then, after I nearly gave up, I inserted two butter knives in the drive and was able to sandwich the disc in between and yank it out. Thanks so much! Many thanks! Just did method 10, the cardboard trick. Worked like a charm! Thank you! I had been browsing solutions for awhile stressed about the repairs for this stupid CD and after trying everything I came upon number 8 and it slid out like magic!!! I honestly cant thank you enough!!!!!!!
Once it got into the loop, nothing would work and Disk Utility kept saying the DVD was in use so would not eject. The Paper trick worked. I pushed a sticky note into the slot, this made the DVD stop turning. I was then able to use the eject button. Came across your info. Number one worked right off the bat! Sooooooooo Happy!!!!!!! So nice!
For me worked way Nr 2. Before I was getting mad with this piece of junk. I have tried many options before but nothing. So with A Nr 2 works fine. Huge thanks for author for all those tips…. Hi guys Force Eject Tool did it straight off this is apple stuff when it work ok when it does not then just ask thank you for the tip. It worked with the ForcEject app, while holding it sideways and pressing my finger on the bottom of it!!
Still cannot get my system to re-boot but that is a different story. I can always get the discs out by restarting and press the ejection button…. Of course I wonder why. It worked!!! I turned my Mac upside down, tilted in a 45 degree angle, pressed the eject button and shoke it a little….
Thanks for the tip! Greatly appreciate it :D. Option 8 worked. I tried it intermittently and one day it worked! But this is cheaper than taking the macbook pro to a service centre. Number 9 worked! Turned MacBook Pro upside down and shook it excessively while it did the whirring ejection and disc came out. Thank you for the tips! What finally worked was a birthday card inserted so that the one disc that was showing just a wee bit was between the two parts of the card, making a disc sandwich between two cardstock pieces of bread. No damage to the discs!
Tilting my Macbook to a 45 degree angle after hitting the eject button on my keyboard worked on the first try! Thanks for the tip :. After many attempts and after having given up and put everything away, I decided one more try! So, I held it, opening facing downward, pressed Eject from file menu and it popped right out.
Thanks for your suggestion to TILT it! I had a mini cd stuck in my MacBook…my son tilted the laptop so the side with the dvd writer was facing downward and then he shook it. Voila, the mini cd fell right out Thanks a bunch! Number 10 worked. I used a index card pushing it all the way to the back.
Not only did one CD come out but two!!! Thanks, nothing worked until the last one — credit card was too small, but I used a folded commercial letter, pushed it gently right in as far as it would go, heard a click and when I pulled it out the disk came too. Now I just have to try again so see if a cd actually works! The method of holding the trackpad button down while booting got my CD out. Any help? Well …after two hours of reading how to problem solve with NO results, I found this article and Duh! It was stuck under my thin computer and the fan it sits on!!!
I feel like such a duffus! It was the clearest one out there and you could say, even though my stuck CD was under the computer not in it, that indeed it solved my problem so Thank You!
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I used methods 8, 9 and 10 combined. My computer kept on making loud sounds when the disc was inside.
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And now, it finally came out! Thanks again!
Thanks I used no7, my stuck disk had not been recognised by the mac, it was one of those small disks, so on eject on upturned machine less than 1mm protruded from the drive, a metal tooth pic was needed to pull it from the drive as the space was too fat for tweezers. Wont be putting this sized disk in the machine again!
None of these options worked for me, the only thing that saved me was going into Disk Utility and unmounting the dvd first and then ejecting it through Disk Utility. Thank You Thank You!!!!! For anyone who tried everything to no end, I found what works EVERY TIME for me now is to hold the macbook at a 45 degree angle while spamming the terminal eject command as fast as possible by using the up arrow key and enter, then eventually the edge of the disc will pop out but be quick and grab it because it will go back in.
I have been trying for three hours to get this disk out. I could hear it trying to eject, but it would never come out. As soon as I turned it over and ejected, it popped right out! Thank you so much! Tried almost all of them without any luck until Then, it worked and the CD came out. Thanks so much. I independently came upon 9 on my own; using the force of gravity along with the defective ejection motor worked and the disk did pop out for removal.
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