Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive Laptop Macs
Ever have a problem with a CD/DVD stuck in your offline MacBook Pro and it doesn't allow you to boot up OS X? Apple mentioned the solution is to press and hold the trackpad button when booting your MBP. You tried that, but still fails? Another possible fix is the credit card/knife trick that sometimes works, but it just sounds not right?

OK, now there is an easy way to do it: Just power up your MBP and leave it alone for about 10 minutes. It will eventually boot up and the CD/DVD will automatically eject (make sure your power cable is plugged in, though!).

[robg adds: I haven't heard about this possible fix before ... and I can't confirm it, not having a CD stuck in my MB at the moment.]
    •    
  • Currently 2.79 / 5
  You rated: 1 / 5 (38 votes cast)
 
[530,360 views]  

Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive | 68 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: chjabu on Aug 16, '06 08:42:15AM

This worked for me as well. I "discovered" it when I just left the MacBook in disgust and went to do something else for a while. I came back and Mac OS X had booted and there was the CD sticking out.

---
----
New Mac?
Basics4Mac.com
Your Personal Mac Guide - Tips and Live Help for new Mac users and Switchers



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive | sleep then wake
Authored by: zahadum on Oct 13, '07 10:49:23PM

another approach:

* put the laptop to sleep
* let the drive STOP all access to the disc (listen for whirring sounds)
* wake-up the laptop

the eject key should now work.

my circumstance: a D/L disc burned on a pc had a couple of files (when launched) that would cause the dvd drive to grind (endlessly) -- any & all access to machine it would be impossible!

this disc failed on the internal (apple oem) dvd drive drive of TWO different macs - on both a powerpc mini as well as a intel C2D macbook! ...

yet the same (PC burned) disc caused NO such problem when plyaed back from an *external* dvd drive that was _not_ ASAS! (apple shipped/supported) ... in this case, the external dvd drive is an LG GSA-H10N (which otherwise is a totally USELESS drive on a mac becuase it cant burn S/L or D/L ±R ... but strangely the H10N *can* burn +RW eraseables but not -RW eraseables (firmware JL10).

this is a weird example of where 'pc' media will work on a pc harware connected to a mac without a driver! (patchburn doesnt really work on tiger anymore) but will NOT work on mac hardware! (apple oem drives).

Anyways, the sleep/wake seems to decouple the i/o arbitration framework in osx --- which underscores the magnitude of apple's oversight viz not having created any user-based (but low-level) system command to disconnect a device ... or more precisely, a user-level command to OVER-RIDE the "protection" apple (forcibly) offers to users from "accidently" making hardware "errors".

Hopefully, the driver architectute in Leopard cleans up all the crazy anomolies like this - ie incomplete enmeration of use-cases (of course these ever-gowing loose threads represent the price appple pays for not using UML for design and SDL for testing!).

---
mailto:osxinfo _at_ yahoo.ca



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive | sleep then wake
Authored by: kipz0r on Sep 12, '10 02:49:05AM

Yet another approach.

Really Short version:
Mount the CD manually, unmount the CD manually, press eject button.

Short version:
open terminal
sudo mkdir /Volumes/CDROM
sudo mount -r -t cd9660 /dev/disk4 /Volumes/CDROM
sudo umount /Volumes/CDROM
press eject button.
Please note: for me my cd is /dev/disk4, for you it could be something else. oh, don't try to mount the s1 or s2 after Disk1/2/3/4 etc. It just won't mount :)
Please note 2: if this doesn't work, you can also try to eject the cd/dvd via the 'drag to bin' way in between the mount and umount commands.

Long version:
I have since a week a macbook pro and found out that my superdrive liked to keep my dvd. I first tried to press eject, but after 17 times or so I gave up doing that.
First I looked here, and tried the '10 minute' approach. I gave up after 2 minutes.
As I have some experience with linux, I wanted to mount the drive manually to see if I could drag it to the bin to eject, I mounted it manually, dragged it to the bin, got the message 'drive is in use, force eject?' I clicked on force eject, osx said nicely 'cd ejected' and nothing happened.
Then I unmounted the drive manually and saw that the link on my desktop was gone, I tried ejecting via the keyboard once more and voila: Stuck DVD unstucked!

Hope this helps.

Kip



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: tflight on Aug 16, '06 11:21:03AM

I too can confirm this as it happened to me just four days ago. I was burning a DVD and the burn failed. I couldn't eject the disk so I rebooted and also tried the trackpad button trick. That didn't work for me either.

Not being able to boot my MBP I got on the phone with AppleCare. After I had been on hold waiting for a rep for about twelve minutes the MBP spontaneously ejected the DVD and continued to boot.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: solsonic on Aug 16, '06 01:48:31PM

You can always try holding down the eject button while booting. Always works for me.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: allanmarcus on Aug 16, '06 02:47:31PM

boot into open firmware and enter: eject cd



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: Zeitkind on Aug 16, '06 05:19:47PM

OpenFirmware on a MBP?
Can I buy yours? :D

Stuck CDs should be ejected in terminal with

drutil tray open
drutil tray eject



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: andytjuatja on Aug 16, '06 08:39:40PM
The point of this hint is that you don't have the access to the terminal as your MacBook is offline (with the CD/DVD in it)

[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: andytjuatja on Aug 16, '06 08:13:36PM

Several approaches might fails as the SuperDrive appears to keep trying on reading the CD/DVD as it tries to boot from it.

This specifically useful in the case where you've inserted a faulty CD/DVD or maybe region-specific DVD that your drive won't be able to read it and somehow turned off your mac before ejecting it, then the pressing & holding Eject on booting or loading to the firmware doesn't works.

However, this 10-minutes approach will work, so don't panic! (OK..wait for 10-15 minutes due to relative/subjective timing)

Not that i want it to happened on anyone though



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: dansj1 on Aug 17, '06 08:07:11AM

Incredible timing. This happened to me yesterday and I brought it to a certified Apple repair shop. I called them this morning and asked them to try it - sure enough it worked. If only Apple support had suggested this first...



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: andytjuatja on Aug 17, '06 05:50:40PM

Glad to see it has been solved. At least, you can get back your Mac sooner than expected and most of all, not panicking if it does happen again.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: morespace54 on Nov 05, '07 02:12:19PM

I'll say it again, not enough Apple Support Teams are reading MacOSXHints! ;)



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: Zeitkind on Aug 19, '06 03:03:37AM

Well.. if you shut the MBP down before you eject the stuck CD - yes. If your CD got stuck, try the drutil command first and only if this fails try a reboot.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: doceddi on Mar 24, '07 06:08:00AM
thanks!
drutil eject did it for me
i recommend you try it before any of the other methods mentioned here

[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: squidleun4 on Aug 22, '06 01:05:53AM

It worked for me. But slightly different. In about 2-3 minutes, MBP rebooted and said the disk inserted was not readable and asked me to eject the disk and it did. Thanks everyone.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: mike666 on Aug 23, '06 10:25:11AM
I just had a customer with the same issue - couldn't even get to the bootpicker with the disc in the drive. The 10 minute wait paid off and the machine did boot and ejected the disc. Fortunately, he had called AppleCare previously and gotten a case number for the issue; they were unable to help and so recommended he take it to an Apple Specialist. Because of this I was able to get a CS code to cover the labor after referring Apple to this article!

Since there's obviously some fairly consistent issue here, hopefully it'll make it to the engineers. In this case the stuck disc was an obvious mis-burn; it's almost as if when EFI gets ahold of a disc with a damaged or unkown format, it scours the disc for any info it can find before proceeding with the boot sequence. Very annoying.

[ Reply to This | # ]

Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: gherrick on Feb 19, '07 12:32:22PM

"Read other people's messages before posting your own to avoid simply duplicating what has already been said." So I have, and it is obvious that lots of folks are suffering from the same glitch, not just on MacBooks, but here on a G4 Powerbook w OSX; I report this in hopes that Apple picks up on it, as AppleCare Mike has suggested.
I had a quite similar experience with a new commercial audio CD, in a G4 Powerbook. The CD would barely mount, nor in my MacBookPro. In the G4, I got it to mount and copied the tunes into a folder on the desktop, and the eject button led to a whimpy whir and the disk jammed part-way out [didn't protrude, of course]. Eventually, I shut the lid, putting the machine to sleep, and came to the MBPro at this website hunting for help [thanks everyone!]; I returned, planning to try a reboot, opened the lid, and the CD ejected, I think, or at least was fully ejected when I tried the eject button [sorry, memory going fast]. Whew! I can't see anything wrong with the CD, no label to get in the way, the catalog track and all else looks unblemished. I got a copy of it and original's in the trash.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: bonesauce on Sep 06, '06 11:50:16PM
This happened to me also. Nothing worked and I tried everything: Waiting 10 minutes, holding mouse button, eject button, boot up key-sequences, holding laptop vertical, etc.

However, I did find a page that helped me (actually saved me) http://www.silvermac.com/2006/dvd-stuck-in-macbook-pro/

In a nutshell I took a folded business card, slid it in the DVD slot and twisted. Then I hit the power button. It tried to spin-up the dvd three or four times, but the pressure caused by business card kept the cd stationary and it eventually ejected it.

Also, on a side note this problem was caused by trying to import a CD into iTunes that was heavily scratched. I left the laptop when I went to work and it was slowing importing using error-correction, however, when I got back home the laptop had rebooted and was stuck in the mode described in the post.

[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: Help25 on Nov 14, '08 03:00:20PM

Please help!

I have a cd stuck, and have already tried so many suggestions on my Black MacBook.

I can hear the CD making some movement when I first press eject, but then if i press again it is silent.
The eject sign comes up on screen, but just fades away, and no CD!
I have tried rebooting and waiting 20 mins.
I have tried rebooting and holding down the bottom click button.
I have tried the business card, and the folded cardboard, also typing the eject command into the terminal, as suggested on one of these threads!
Also holding it and shaking the slit down, while pressing eject!

NO JOY!

Is there anything else I can do?
Im not great with the pasting of commands etc, as a computer-idiot I dont understand alot of what it can do!
Just wanna get the cd out.

Do you think if I took it too an Apple Store they would know?

If anyone has any new methods please write back!
I will try to understand, even if complex!

many thanks
Alice

xx



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: masseyhall on Jan 28, '10 04:22:58AM

Thank you so much! I was almost out of my mind. The technique at http://www.silvermac.com/2006/dvd-stuck-in-macbook-pro/ works - It
was my last resort. I had the additional problem that I could not restart or shut down my computer - the screen just went grey and the rotating icon twirled around. So I applied the card technique to stop the CD spinning around as I held my finger on the manual on/off button. Hey presto the computer finally tuned off! Then I used the technique above that is card at an angle (again to stop the CD spinning), holding down the mousepad, and turning the computer back on). This is my first MAC actually the first computer I have purchased myself - you guys are amazing!



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: idriveasedan on Sep 27, '06 05:03:15PM

it works, thank God



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: boscotwcheung on Oct 31, '06 07:42:52AM

I had a paper stickered DVD stuck in the smartdrive. Sounds weird but the following worked for me. I tried all of the above tips without success. Then I lifted the macbook so that the smartdrive opening was facing the ground, pressed the eject button and as the drive tried to eject the DVD (you can hear the gears moving), I gently shock it up and down to give the DVD a little G-force. The DVD popped out!

Bosco



[ Reply to This | # ]
Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
Authored by: mandorichard on Nov 05, '06 06:21:56AM
All of the hints listed here have failed! My audio CD is STILL stuck in the MBP's CD Drive--it reads the CD and will play from it--it just won't eject. Horrible noises when it tries..... I've tried....
  • waiting 10 minutes--waiting 15 minutes--waiting overnight
  • using the commands listed in this thread in the terminal window
  • rebooting holding down the Eject key
  • rebooting holding down the trackpad button
  • using a business card to gently keep the CD from spinning (that failed in an interesting fashion--the computer wouldn't boot until I let the CD spin)
  • trying to eject the CD with the MBP upside down
  • trying to eject the CD with the superdrive pointed down (rotated 90 degrees from "normal" ANy other suggestions? Or is my drive likely fried?? Thanks, Richard

    [ Reply to This | # ]
  • Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: mandorichard on Nov 05, '06 07:55:43AM

    OK, on about the dozenth (if that's a word) try, holding the MBP with the drive pointed down, holding the eject button, and _g_e_n_t_l_y_ shaking the computer in an up-and-down fashion got the CD to eject.

    But should I trust this CD Drive again???



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    THIS WORKS for DVDs with sticker labels!
    Authored by: washippy on Jan 06, '07 10:15:34PM

    Worked first time. Rockin. Just hold on tight. HA



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: andytjuatja on Nov 22, '06 07:43:58PM
    I have received a number of emails and responses regarding this solution. Please note that this post is tested on MacBookPro Dual Core 15.4" 2GHz. It hasn't been confirmed whether it works for the older Mac or MacBook or the newer Core 2 Duo series (Although it would surprise me if it doesn't). It would help if you include your Mac's specs in your reply to help out others.

    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Non-Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: tdk337 on Dec 06, '06 02:35:54AM

    I was going to comment that none of these worked for my white Macbook Core2Duo when a little bit popped out. The drive was trying to suck the disc back in when I saw it and pulled the disc out un-gracefully. I popped in a blank dvd-r to make sure the drive still worked. BTW the drive kept trying to eject the disc on it's own even after booting into Finder; when the disc finally popped back out, it was probably about ten minutes from boot. I didn't really keep track.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: LowProfile on Dec 21, '06 07:01:12AM

    Blame it on the CD...

    Same thing happened to me with an audio CD. Ejecting with the drive slot facing the floor solved the problem. After I finally ejected the (brand new never played before) CD, I noticed it had a weird bump on the data side (only noticeable when you look at it at a certain angle). Other CDs I tried afterwards ejected flawlessly.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: pink_sneakers on Jan 04, '07 08:05:46AM

    Worked for me! My MacBook was already freezing upon startup (bluish white screen) and the disk won't eject. It booted itself out when I waited. Thanks for the tip!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: msemerson on Jan 09, '07 08:18:20PM

    It took about 10-15 minutes, but did eject! Thanks for the tip!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: goobergeffer on Apr 21, '07 10:41:52PM

    OMFG!!! I LOVE YOU MAN~~~!!!!!

    i got my new macbook, Black Edition.
    Right~~ i want to install windows, ok. i partition it wrong, and it invalid ops it, and i cant do ANYTHING,. but the trackpad works, and it ejects because of you!! I LOVEEEEE YOU!!!!!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: simonuk on Jul 11, '07 04:35:50AM

    Hi just had the Same issue as you guys.. i solved mine by booting the unit upside down with my finger on the trackpad button... it spat the disk straight out!!!!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: Gare on Oct 11, '07 09:12:40PM

    I can verify this works on a new iMac also.
    Apple gave me a dozen different ways to eject a CD/DVD and nothing worked. They suggested i take it to an Apple store. I used a thin but heavy piece of paper and folded it so that it would be about an 1 and 1/2 wide and about 6" long; slipped it into the slot to the front of the disk. Restarted my computer and in about 30 sec's out popped the disk.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: westy on Mar 05, '09 05:24:59PM

    Another update!

    Put a CD into my drive that had been sent to me and it would not load or eject. Tried re-booting many times and twice the disk image came up on the desktop. But even then, when I tried ejecting, the disk image disappeared from the desktop but the disk itself would not eject.

    Kept re-booting and trying everything above, holding the mouse down and other suggested keys/buttons, had my tongue in the right position and all - but just could not get the disk to eject.

    Then I read the post above and held the MBP upside down and pressed the eject button.

    Out came the CD as smooth as silk! ;-)

    Thanks for that post - you saved me!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: peter768 on Nov 05, '07 12:52:56PM

    This worked for me. Thanks!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: asargent on Apr 21, '08 07:55:21PM

    Fire up Terminal.app, and enter "drutil eject" (without the quotes). That should eject the DVD. If not, you can try rebooting.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: g3ski on May 21, '08 05:58:09PM

    If you have another mac around, connect them via firewire and boot as a target disk (hold down T as you reboot the macbook with the stuck disc).

    If the stuck disc shows up on the other mac's desktop, eject it.

    This worked in a situation where the hard drive on the macbook was not mounting.

    YMMV,
    -JD

    ---
    "I want my two dollars!"



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: postdoc on Jun 19, '08 02:34:58PM

    Yes ... waiting works when the reboot-button down doesn't. Go figger.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: Photonics Guy on Nov 07, '08 06:22:25PM

    Thanks! This approach still works in 2008, with the 2.6 Mac Book Pro.

    Photonics Man



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: yangzone on Mar 30, '09 10:34:50AM

    I had a DVD stuck in a MBP 2.53. (It did not interfere with boot up.) Anytime I tried to Play or Eject it I got error: -70012. I Restarted, no fix, Restarted from an external drive and ran Diskwarrior, no fix.

    But online I noticed a post where someone had a similar problem and Shut Down and Started up again (rather than Restart, he/she had already tried) and succeeded in fixing the problem. So I tried this, and, sure enough, the disk mounted and all was normal again.

    [I make the mistake of thinking Restart = Shut Down + Startup]



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: lorrainedowler on Apr 03, '09 11:31:09AM

    I followed all the great advice and I did get the disk out but my system is still not kicking in. I'm getting a flashing question mark on my macbook. When I go to reboot the system turns off in 1 split second which makes me think the system is not on at all. Any advice



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: alan010 on May 12, '09 09:54:06AM

    Literally just ejected my CD using the folded business card trick so thank you for that! I also have the flashing question mark. This is due to a faulty hard disk that needs replacing!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: xld00d on Jun 28, '09 09:16:56AM

    I had a Leopard install disk that I wanted ejected and I have an imac with a logitech PC keyboard. To eject, I booted with the alt (option) key down and selected the install disk and hit F12. It ejected. At that point I could put in another DVD to boot from. This was after my internal hard drive was hosed and I couldn't boot from it.

    I think another way might be to boot with the alt (option) key down and boot from an external drive and use disk utility to eject the CD/DVD in question.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: sgmac on Sep 02, '09 04:38:14AM

    I tried with the card board insertion and it worked after a while, which was amazing. Then the user stuck another DVD back into it, I didn't have my piece of card, randomly I turned the MacBook over so that the keys were facing the ground, then pushed eject, miraculously the dvd popped straight out. Tested the theory a few times and seems to work. Hope it helps.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: BCollia on Dec 07, '09 08:56:12PM

    MY DVD IS STUCK IN MY DRIVE!!!!!! I have tried everything!!!

    - Waiting 10 minutes... waiting 30 minutes
    - using drutil in the terminal window
    - rebooting holding down the eject key
    - rebooting holding down the trackpad button
    - trying to eject the CD with the MBP upside down
    - trying to eject the CD with the superdrive pointed down and shaking it, WHY THE F#*&% AM I SHAKING MY LAPTOP THAT COST MORE THAN MY FIRST CAR?!?!?

    I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING!!!! This is the third problem I have had with my nearly $3k laptop in less than a year. F^%&$ APPLE!!! When I get AppleCare on the line tomorrow I am going to rip them a new one. THOSE *&^$%!!!! WHAT THE F#*#(@!!! Why won't this just let me F#%$* DVD eject!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: BCollia on Dec 07, '09 09:01:31PM

    Jake: Wouldn't it be funny if I just spent the last three hours trying to get this disc out and realized I hadn't even put it in there in the first place?
    Me: Not really
    Jake: Oh (hysterically laughing for like 10 minutes straight)
    Me: You didn't. That's what you get for watching Friends you fruitball.

    True story. I just got off the phone with my brother after going through all of this only to have him laugh uncontrollably when he realized he had never put his Season 4 Friends disc in his MBP.

    Thought I should share as we used every method in this thread to try and get said disc out.

    Cheers!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: broadbrush on Dec 11, '09 06:53:36AM

    Thanks to bonesauce for posting the link to http://www.silvermac.com/2006/dvd-stuck-in-macbook-pro/

    I had tried everything else: letting the computer sit, typing instructions into the terminal, downloading an apple script, etc. Inserting a small piece of cardboard (no thicker than a business card) into the drive while booting up was the only thing that worked. The system was trying to boot from the drive, so when the drive was stopped it went on to the next alternative.

    Thanks! This saved me a trip to the Apple Store during this really hectic time.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: madmax889 on Dec 25, '09 04:01:35AM

    Hi Guys
    I had exactly the problem with a burned cd-rom disc stuck! Used the mouse pad button to eject when restarting but ended up getting the grey screen with the apple logo and the spinning icon.

    I didn't know what to do so kept turning it off with the power button 4 times i had to do this. Is it a coincidence that it rebooted into the os?? Or was i extremely lucky??

    All i can say know is im going to let Time Machine backup every day...



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: TrixiGirl on Dec 27, '09 12:41:48PM

    Okay, for the newest MacBook, there's a great way to eject the disc with no problem!

    I had tried everything from Terminal commands to credit cards and this one is really easy.

    Restart the Mac.
    At the startup/login screen:
    Tilt at about 45 degrees towards you. (You should be sitting in front of the laptop)
    Press the eject button multiple times.
    Wait about 30-45 seconds.
    If the disc does not eject, press the eject button multiple times again and the disc should eject after a while.

    The trick is to be patient.
    If this doesn't work, do the same method while holding down the trackpad (Newest Mac: Lower right corner)

    Hope this works!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: liedra on Jan 22, '10 12:36:01AM

    I just wanted to give my thumbs up to this comment -- I had a stubborn DVD in my 2009 intel MBP and this was the only solution that worked!

    Fantastic, thanks, this was bugging me all day!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: candyjo on Dec 29, '09 04:19:32PM

    This method worked LIKE A CHARM:
    http://www.ecstaticist.com/mac/how-i-removed-a-cd-stuck-in-my-macbook-pro/

    You hold down the little spring that's located in the middle of the disc slot and simultaneously press eject.

    I tried everything and this was seriously the only method that was able to get my CD out of the drive!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: dangerzoneshow on Jan 02, '10 09:37:08PM

    Holding the trackpad button actually worked for my 2006 MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo. The MB booted up and the CD ejected shortly thereafter like 5 seconds.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: Aduro on Feb 11, '10 05:49:24PM

    Whaqt if the disk isn't registering entirely, and its stuck inside the comp (Desktop btw)



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: kcece405 on Mar 24, '10 09:16:43PM

    I have a macbook pro bought in late 2009. The holding of mouse/trackpad during boot up worked just like that. It's one good solution. Thanks!!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: nedy_oops on Apr 08, '10 07:07:30AM

    it happen to me just now....then i do it as you been told me...and it WORKS.....thank u so much...i was so scared if its not gonna work..but 1 wait it about 30 min...but its worth...huhu =)



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: djdanielle on Apr 17, '10 07:11:47PM

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! It worked a dream...

    I had a dvd stuck in my MBP for 2 weeks, driving me mad! It was only on the off chance I decided to have a go looking online for a solution.

    Shut down the laptop, hold down the track pad, and start up the MBP. Out popped the dvd.... yeehar!

    I was on the verge of Ebaying this little beauty!!

    Thanks



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: Sammiepeeps on May 09, '10 07:01:02PM

    Just have to say thanks to the info about turning your computer upside down and holding the eject button. I thought that sounded pretty silly but it worked!! Thanks again!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: deneicy on Jul 15, '10 01:40:24PM

    Gee, only 300,000+ views! Hee's what FINALLY woked fo me about half a day late-- ebooting and holding the eject button to the ight of the F12. FINALLY just popped out. We tied vitually eveything else.

    Now I need to find the key fo the missing lette between the E and T on the keyboad so I don't sound I Elme Fudd. I wanna sound like, you know, a pi-ate cause a pi-ate can say the missing lette.

    Good luck.

    d



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: Danger on Aug 01, '10 04:13:18PM

    I inserted a half size instruction CD that came with a bluetooth device I bought. It got stuck in my MacBook pro. I found that Macs don't accept those small disks. Nothing I did would get it out. I took it to the Apple store figuring that they would have an easy way to remove it. The Apple Genius told me they would have to take my machine in, take it apart and install a new drive. I told him "no thanks" that I would get the disk out myself. He said that if I tried, I would void the warranty and I could easily mess up the internals that would cost me $1,200 to fix. I told him I would chance it. So, when I got home, I took a large paperclip, straightened it out, leaving one loop, slightly bent the straight end of the clip to about the depth of a CD. I wrapped the paperclip end in electrical tape to keep from scratching anything (no $1,200 bill for me) and trimmed it. I inserted the paperclip with the bent tip horizontal to where I thought the center of the CD would be. I then turned the paperclip so that the bent tip pointed down. I gently pulled out the paper clip and it brought the CD right out with it. Everything works perfectly. I watched a DVD movie on my MacBook Pro last night.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: dramaguru on Aug 17, '10 10:24:40PM

    Well, I'm at the end of my rope. I've tried everyone's suggestions, except the paper clip tip, which I'm a little afraid of, frankly.

    My problem is the same as the original problem. There's a disc stuck in it. but my Macbook Pro (bought brand new mid-2009, Intel Core, disc slot on the right, full trackpad) will not boot past the light blue screen. When I restart, I get the grey screen with the Apple logo and the rotating circle, then I get a blue screen with sometimes a very small white square at the top left corner, then sometimes a second rotating circle, then a lighter blue screen with absolutely nothing on it. After that, nothing, except sometimes the screen goes dim after a while to save the screen.

    I've put my ear to the disc drive, and frankly can't hear anything that sounds like an attempt to read the disc. Now and then there's a little click, or a very short whirr, but nothing that sounds like the normal attempt at reading the damn disc.

    I've tried all of the solutions I've found through google - the credit cards and business cards, the holding down of various keys while restarting (O-F, D, eject, etc.), I even tried turning the laptop upside down. I'm at the end of my rope. I've wasted so much time I don't have, and I'd be incredibly grateful for any help.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: Danger on Aug 18, '10 05:20:08PM

    Dear Dramaguru,
    I received a call from the Apple rep when I lodged a complaint about how I wasn't helped out very much at the Apple store. He said that it has been known for a long time that disks can be safely removed from a Powerbook Pro Mac with a paperclip. I don't know if it will work for you, but it sure made it simple for me to get the disk out of my machine.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: Fegato on Sep 04, '10 06:28:11AM

    tried everything here with no success... my DVD refused to come out. It was happy to play (in fact wouldn't stop - every time I tried to eject DVD player started. And I wasn't having any reboot problems. Anyway, eventually got DVD out using the "give the disc some space" option at the link below

    http://www.interrupt19.com/2009/04/09/remove-macbook-stuck-cd-dvd/

    Note - this was for white Macbook, not Macbook pro. The plastic case of former probably a bit more bendy than the aluminium, and was blocking the disc in some way. Quick & careful turn of screwdriver at the edge of the slot to open it up a bit and the disc came out on hitting eject key! May help some Macbook (non pro) people with problems anyway...



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: gmmaupin on Sep 13, '10 04:56:46PM

    I read through the thread and seemed to have a slightly different situation. Nothing was working. The computer would not shut down or restart. I got the endlessly spinning gear. I could hear the disk drive running. The 10 minutes plus didn't work.
    I took a thin plastic card and slid it into the slot to stop the disk from spinning.

    After I figured that out. I held down the power button for a few seconds to force a shut down. Then hit the power button to start up.

    At start up, I stopped the disk from spinning and pushed the eject button. It came out.



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: muzzman on Feb 06, '11 05:33:57PM

    I Tried all the advice none worked so finally out of frustration I combined a few, - held upside down while rebooting click on trackpad, business card.. and screaming #$%^Apple (which I have never done before) and shaking the macpro downwards to give the CD some gravity help.

    It worked, just enough for me to discover that my baby son had inserted 2 DVD's into the rive. No wonder it was having a hard time getting them out!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: masterlui on May 27, '11 07:36:19AM

    I tried almost everything and the only thing that works is the biz card trick!! Good luck guys!!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: groulxl on Jul 14, '11 12:19:58PM

    Another trick is to shut down the Laptop.
    Turn the power on holding the eject button.
    Let the power button go and but keep holding the eject button until CD / DVD ejects from drive.

    I had that problem after erasing my main drive for a clean install but drive would not eject. Works every time....



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: shajw on Aug 07, '11 03:09:11PM

    Desperately need help! I am running a seminar next week and need to play a DVDR. Knowing it isn't in good condition, I decided to rip the DVD onto my computer (early 2008 MacBook Pro). The disk started running so I started ripping it and went off to the gym. When I came back an hour later, the laptop had gone to sleep so I tried waking it up by hitting the space bar - didn't work. Then I tried pressing the power button once - again nothing. Then I did something really foolish and thought I'd manually power off and power on again (which in the past used to eject stuck disks).

    When I tried to power on, nothing happens. The pilot light comes on for. Second or two then shuts off. I've tried every hint I found here but nothing us working.

    I'm in Mexico City, it's a Sunday, there is no Apple service centre open here, I cannot get through to any 24 hour Apple Call centre and my seminar starts at 9am tomorrow... HELP!!



    [ Reply to This | # ]
    Eject a stuck CD/DVD from a MacBook Pro SuperDrive
    Authored by: bjgillard on Apr 28, '12 01:11:48PM

    The method I have been using for the last 10 years is to restart the computer and hold down the mouse button, trackpad button, as soon as startup commences. The start up sequence takes a little longer, but hold the mouse button down until the CD/DVD is ejected. The computer then starts up normally. This works every time.



    [ Reply to This | # ]