Ejecting CDs/DVDs – So Many Options

Here are some hints for dealing with CDs or DVDs that won’t eject from your Mac.

First rule:  Make sure the CD or DVD disc is not in use. Quit all applications that are using files on the disc.

If you use a Mac keyboard you have a media eject button at your fingertips and can use that to eject.

Eject Button Location on a Standard Mac Keyboard

Or you can use the eject icon next to the CD/DVD entry in Finder.

Eject Icon in Finder

If that doesn’t work, drag the disc’s icon to the Trash.

If that doesn’t work, restart the computer, then hold down the mouse button or trackpad button while the computer is starting up, until the disc is ejected.

A whole other option is to add an eject icon to your Menu Bar.  You may like this one best of all.

  • While you are in Finder, hit Shift+Command+G
  • Then type /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras
  • Double-click Eject.menu

The new icon will instantly appear at the top right of the menu bar near the clock and will stay until you decide to remove it.  (Hold down Command and click and drag it away from the menu.)

Eject Icon on Menu Bar

A nice extra with this method is that you can hold down the Option key while click the icon and it will force the CD/DVD drive to eject, even if it doesn’t believe it has a disk in it.  A bit less radical than restarting your computer to remove a stuck disk.



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