Optical discs are swiftly falling out of the fashion, especially within Apple devices, but there are still many users that own Apple devices with optical drivers. And at some point they might have got stuck the discs in the drive.

So, if you are having a slot loading drive and has encountered disc related problem, here are some simple troubleshooting tips that might be able to help you:

Use eject key button:

The easiest and the quickest way to eject a CD or DVD from your Mac is to use eject key. To use eject key, follow the steps below:

  1. Press and hold the eject key
  2. From the Finder or from the desktop, right click on the disc icon and select the Eject option from the menu
  3. Now drag the disc icon to the Trash. You will see that the trash icon changes to an Eject symbol

These were some initial troubleshooting steps that you can follow to eject a disc from your Mac.

If you happen unlucky and the disc still won’t eject, then these simple steps won’t help you. There are still few more things you can do to eject your CD or DVD.

  • Launch Dick Utility, select the problem disc in the sidebar and hit Eject from the top of the window
  • Press and hold F12 key from the keyboard until the CD or DVD is ejected. This may take several seconds
  • Some applications like iTunes and Disk Utility already have an eject command in the toolbar. Just launch the application and use the eject command
  • If your disc is still stuck, then launch the Terminal app and enter drutil eject
  • When all fails, restart your Mac by holding the mouse’s trackpad button. Hold the trackpad button until the desktop appears. This process will trigger the system to eject your disc before OS X will start loading.

Whichever approach you choose, wait a moment or two until the disk removal process is completed.

There are extreme cases where a disk is adamant and is literally stuck inside your Mac. Forcibly or prematurely ejecting a disk while the Mac is in use can cause data loss or problems with the file system. Thus, when nothing else works, just head to a Mac genius and repair your disc drive.

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