3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2013 9:04 AM by nitamarie
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How do I eject a disc in an optical disc drive on an iMac? It neither shows on the screen or in Disc Utility, nor will it eject.  Thank you

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
Solved by Kappy on Aug 4, 2013 6:37 PM Solved

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.

Reply by nitamarie on Aug 5, 2013 9:04 AM Helpful

Using the Terminal application and typing in the code (#5) was the answer. Thank you! My keyboard does not have an "eject" key, and even if it did, something has to be selected for that to work -- and if the disc doesn't show up on the desktop, well, there's nothing to select. Thanks for the info; I've written it down in case it happens again.

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