How to Force-Eject the Disc from a Mac?

All Mac models released in a classic thick case are equipped with a built-in optical drive for reading optical CDs or DVDs. This drive uses a slot-loading scheme allowing users to save space and increase usability, but in some cases, the lack of a conventional tray for loading discs can play a cruel trick on the user. In this article, we are going to provide you some tips on how to get the drive out of the Mac easily.

Make sure that all discs are set visible

For starters, if you don’t know for sure if a disc is still in the drive, check that it is not invisible in Finder or CDs & DVDs preferences in your Apple menu. This tab also provides a guide on how to make various hard drives, thumb drives, and any other removable media visible. If all the media types are set to appear in Finder, your disc should show up on the desktop.

eject settings

If you go to the Finder menu, find Preferences and proceed to General, you might also select items to appear on your Mac’s desktop. We recommend you check all the boxes.

finder prefences

As soon as the discs appear on your desktop, try ejecting them in the following way: simply drag the discs to Trash on the Dock.

Other tips worth trying

If the aforementioned instructions still don’t let you eject the disc, we recommend following these steps:

  1. Reboot the device with holding down the left mouse button.
  2. Restart the Finder.
  3. Follow this path:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/, then double click on the file and turn on the Eject menu. Once you do that, an icon allowing you to eject the disc should appear at the top of the screen.

  1. Go to Applications, then open the iTunes menu and click on Eject disc.

For DVDs, go to Applications, then open the DVD Player menu and click on Eject disc.

  1. Use the Terminal

For PowerPC Macs, press Option + Command + O + F key combination so as to open firmware and enter ‘eject cd’ when prompted.

For Intel Macs, perform the following:

  • Go to the Applications menu, find Utilities and proceed to Terminal.
  • When required, enter ‘drutil eject -drive internal’ in your Terminal window

Press the Enter or Return key

  1. If the eject button doesn’t work, hold it a little more until you see the following icon: .
  2. If you have one or more operating systems installed on your computer, try extracting the disc via them.
  3. Check the programs you use to read the files on CDs or DVDs. They are likely to have the option to eject discs.
  4. Look for third-party apps developed for ejecting discs, for example, Force Eject Mounted Volumes. Also, all the programs that work with discs (burning, copying) such as Toast Titanium definitely have this option.

If all this does not bring any results – there is only one way out: contact the service center. Do not try to interfere with the device with various improvised tools.