Removing a Stuck Cd from a MacBook

Generic CD Icon (from Apple support)

Ejecting a CD or DVD when all else fails

If you've tried all the usual methods of ejecting a CD or DVD from your computer's optical drive, there are some other methods you can try.

First, quit all applications that are using files on the disc. Then try one of these alternate methods:

To eject a disc using firmware:

  1. Restart the computer.
  2. When you hear the startup sound, press and hold the Command-Option-O-F keys. (The Command key has an Apple on it.)
  3. Release the keys when you see a white welcome screen.
  4. At the prompt, type:
  5. eject cd

  6. Press Return, then wait a few seconds. The disc drive should eject the disc, and "ok" appears on the screen when the action is complete.
  7. Type:
  8. mac-boot

  9. Press Return.

So does that work for you? Well it didn't work for me when I accidentally stuck THREE DVD's in my MacBook. I used a coathanger that was pounded to flatten it so it fit better, then fashioned a small hook on the end. (Credit Dean Souza for the flattening of the coathanger idea) This should be the last resort. (see pic below)


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