5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2013 11:14 AM by Eustace Mendis
joannefrommontclair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a late 2008 MacBook. I tried suggestions including resetting SMC. Is there a mechanical way to eject a stubborn disc?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Magic Mouse
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,070 points)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (255,960 points)

    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:


            /usr/bin/drutil eject


    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.

  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,980 points)

    Does the DVD start to come out and then gets sucked back in and reappears on the desktop?


    I had that happen with a MacBook. It turned out that the metal case behind the plastic cover above the slot was slightly bent down. When the CD tried to eject it would hit the metal and get pulled back in. Putting a flat blade screwdriver in the slot and gently twisting it to move the metal case up allowed it to eject. Don't put it in too far you only want to bend the case not the drive.

    The case can get bent down by picking it up with your thumb pressing down on the case above the slot.

  • joannefrommontclair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I finally went to Apple Genius Bar, they couldn't help after many attempts. Across the street at Tech Serve, they booted up and pressed lower left corner of touch pad as blue screen came up, disc ejected immediately. Easy

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (25,320 points)

    And the "genius" folk did not know how to do this?


    Hope you went back and enlightened them.