Five ways to eject a stuck CD or DVD from the optical drive
Ejecting the stuck disc can usually be done in one of the following ways:
1. Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the left mouse button until the disc ejects.
2. Press the Eject button on your keyboard.
3. Click on the Eject button in the menubar.
4. Press COMMAND-E.
5. If none of the above work try this: Open the Terminal application in your Utilities folder. At the prompt enter or paste the following:
If this fails then try this:
Boot the computer into Single-user Mode. At the prompt enter the same command as used above. To restart the computer enter "reboot" at the prompt without quotes.
As a tech support specialist for more than 20 years, I find CD/DVD eject problems to be among the most annoying feature of Apple computers, where the manual eject button is masked over by the frame.
I tried all of the above, repeatedly, for more than 20 minutes.
A co-worker walked by and said "Sometimes the disk hits the rubber dust seal on the way out and won't eject."
He was right!
I ran my thumbnail along the seal to spread it outward and the disk ejected on the next try.
It's not always software, people!
I just wanted to say "thank you" to jnmaloof. I'd tried every scrap of advice I could find online, as well as working with a customer service rep on the phone. Thanks to you, I've just cancelled my appointment at the Apple store for tomorrow. My 4-month-old son thanks you for sparing him a trip to Tyson's Corner that would almost certainly have tanked nap time. Much appreciated. The Option key worked a charm.