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Yet another method of ejecting stuck CD/DVD media
Authored by: asteryx on Feb 10, '10 07:41:59AM

There's always the tried-n-true, Apple recommended, hold down the mouse button during boot. This has been used with all versions of OS X.



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Yet another method of ejecting stuck CD/DVD media
Authored by: beepotato on Feb 10, '10 07:53:03AM

Indeed, I was surprised not to see it mentioned in Rob’s list.
As far as I can remember, it has been used with all versions of Mac OS, even way before it was officially named Mac OS. Of course, back then it was mostly used to eject stuck floppy disks…



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Yet another method of ejecting stuck CD/DVD media
Authored by: leamanc on Feb 10, '10 09:06:19AM

The idea was not to eject stuck floppy disks per se, although it probably would have worked. The idea was you usually had a floppy disk that had your OS and a set of apps that you wanted to run, since you didn't have a hard drive. Using the mouse-button method, you could eject your last used floppy of OS+apps and put in another.

For those not old enough to remember how this worked, you could "put away" a disk containing your OS to put in another floppy with an app you wanted to run, with the OS loaded into RAM. Now if some Mac OS routine you suddenly needed was not in RAM, it would pop out your floppy and ask for the OS disk back. This was one form of the dreaded "floppy shuffle." The other was, of course, in copying from one floppy to another that you had "put away."

Yay for Snow Leopard bringing back the "put away" command, although it obviously is only needed for actually putting things back into the folders from where they came from, which was only half the function of the classic OS's "put away."

Edited on Feb 10, '10 09:07:26AM by leamanc



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Yet another method of ejecting stuck CD/DVD media
Authored by: robogobo on Feb 10, '10 03:24:36PM

I could hear the sound of floppies ejecting while I read that. Thanks for the memories.

hey, btw what's with the captcha? I'm logged in.



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Yet another method of ejecting stuck CD/DVD media
Authored by: miker71 on Feb 10, '10 07:53:41AM

That's the method that has served me well in the past. However, that was with cabled mice. Now I have a MagicMouse on bluetooth, not sure this would work ... still, I seem to rarely use optical disk media nowadays, more a USB memory stick user.



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