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In the newest versions of the boot manager (Intel only, I believe), it is possible to simply Option-Boot the computer and press the Eject key on the keyboard to eject a disc. This works even if your computer has a completely blank, newly-formatted hard drive.

This may also work on the older PowerPC versions of the boot manager, but I haven't tested it.

[robg adds: This would have come in handy for me when I was trying to upgrade our iMac to 10.5.7 -- one of the problems was a non-ejectable CD in the drive.]
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Eject any disc even if system cannot boot
Authored by: Anonymous on May 15, '09 07:56:00AM

You could also press and hold the left Mouse or Trackpad button when starting your computer. Any CD/DVD will then eject.



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Eject any disc even if system cannot boot
Authored by: brett_x on May 15, '09 08:10:55AM

That trick even works for floppies.. that's how old it is.



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Eject any disc even if system cannot boot
Authored by: leamanc on May 15, '09 11:35:51AM

Yep, that's why the trick was created in the first place. In the early days of the Mac (the original 128K Mac and the 512K, probably even the Plus days), it was not uncommon to have a floppy that contained your OS and the app you wanted to run. If you wanted to boot off of a different floppy than the one in the drive, just hold down the mouse button as you boot. You'd then see the flashing question mark, and pop in your new floppy!



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Eject any disc even if system cannot boot
Authored by: dzurn on May 19, '09 08:51:23AM

Years ago an editor friend had an old Mac that needed to start up with a different floppy disk. No matter what was tried, the Mac kept ejecting the floppy, restart after restart.

After *removing the pile of papers* that had shifted and pushed down on the mouse button, the Mac kept the floppy and booted as usual. ;)

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Eject any disc even if system cannot boot
Authored by: kaih on May 15, '09 05:48:00PM

Holding down the eject key on the keyboard at boot time also works

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Eject any disc even if system cannot boot
Authored by: DeminJanu on May 24, '09 11:25:20AM

I concur - holding the eject key down (on the keyboard) before powering on, and continuing to hold until it ejects, has always worked for me.
I used this on my old G3 & G4 (~5 or 6 years ago) up to my current MiniMac 1.66 Core Duo & MacBook Pro 2.16 Core Duo, so it looks like it's worked for a while.

(not more paper-clip in the teeny hole, as I used to do on my Centris & Quadra!)

Thanks for posting a new method!
(btw, did you know that you can use your IR remote to active the OS switcher? Hold "Menu" on the remote control during boot to bring up the OS switching screen. This saved me when my keyboard was half-dead and the comp was booting into a broken Windoze install!)



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Eject any disc even if system cannot boot
Authored by: MSG Iwan on May 25, '09 11:56:35AM

That is a brilliant tip, probably not a very known one !

I've searched on Mac OS X Hints.com but came out blank... You should submit it.

thx again !

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Eject any disc even if system cannot boot
Authored by: lithoman on May 18, '09 12:31:49PM

This works on PPC too. At boot time hold the mouse button down it will eject the CD or any ejectable disk.



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