Manual Eject Stuck CD/DVD from a Mac (MacBook)

In general a CD or DVD can be ejected on a Mac (MacBook) using the physical eject button or from the finder without any problems, but occasionally this don’t work and the disc icon might disappear from your Desktop and you can’t get the disc out of your computer. However, there is a trick you can try to extract the stuck disc.

  1. Restart your Mac.
  2. After you hear the startup chime, press and hold your trackpad button.
  3. After a minute or so, and you think nothing is gonna happen, the disc ejects.
  4. Release the button once the disc ejects.

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61 Responses to Manual Eject Stuck CD/DVD from a Mac (MacBook)

  1. hans brough says:

    Thx – this worked.

  2. justyn Rowe says:

    man.. this saved my butt… and alot better than the credit card thing jammed into the diskpace. This worked great and didn’t take too long to spit out the disk..


  3. derek says:

    tried that didnt really work so i tried the credit card in the diskpace and it came out right away decent.


  4. Steve says:

    Saved my neck! Thank you!

  5. samsam says:

    woah!!! nice !! this method also saved my ass…thanks a lot ~!~!~!

  6. Amit Tekale says:

    Man, this saved me! I was trying to see my wedding reception photographs from a CD. I inserted the CD and the shit haappened. Thanks man. Thanks a lot. Please forward me some more tips to get rid of Mac irregularities.

  7. j says:

    thank you so so so much this work ive just got the macbook and thought i would have to send it off already and this tip saved me. Thank you.

  8. Tom says:

    Ace!!! I only just got my MacBook and I thought it was screwed! But you saved the day. Thanks :)

  9. John Mark says:

    Works like magic. Thanks a lot man…

  10. Mike says:

    thanks a lot!.. it worked on my macbook!.=D

  11. newMacGuy says:

    thank you for saving my sanity.

  12. Jenn says:

    THANK YOU!!! This actually worked!

  13. Karlie says:

    This isn’t working for me. Do you think it’s different for an Intel-based Macbook?

  14. I have used this approach on my own Intel-based MacBook, and it works for me. However, I can’t tell why it isn’t working for you? Sorry…

  15. Jason says:

    yeah didnt work for me either. I was using tiger, and the idiot i am, i decided to try to install leopard using another computer installer disk. main point is that this or the credit card thing didnt work 4 me.

  16. Richard says:

    You can try to do all the crazy things suggested here, but I have had this problem several times and here is THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS!!! Restart your computer, as soon as you hear the “music” that comes on when you start or reboot your computer hold down on the “bar” BENEATH your finger pad. IT WORKS EVERYTIME!

  17. All the crazy things suggested here is the exact approach described by you – just with other word. But you are right, it works…

  18. superking says:

    Thanks its usefull support.

  19. alexei says:


  20. Lucy says:

    I’m sorry guys, none of these are working for me, I’ve tried combinations of them all and nothing. very reluctant to try the thin cardboard thing-I’ve not got a steady hand. any more ideas????

  21. ago says:

    This did not work for me either :(
    Holding the track bar down while booting up only results in a permanently gray screen & the cardboard does nothing… are there any other options?

  22. Lauren says:

    whats a trackpad?

  23. Trackpad/touchpad is the laptop substitute for a mouse, view this link

  24. pat says:

    you saved my sanity as I was aboiut to go crazy. Thanks!

  25. Tom says:

    well im with brand new “intel bassed” macbook and it worked
    thank you :) and thanks also to uncle google :D

  26. max says:

    doesnt work for me… I am going insane

  27. mac user says:

    i used this trick with no luck, but the credit card trick worked just fine!

  28. Rasmus says:

    I just got this to work, but had to put in my creditcard as well, to stop the disk from running trough the startup. So what I did:

    1. Power Off
    2. Put in creditcard in the drive and make sure its preventing the CD/DVD from spinning around
    3. Power Up
    4. When the start-sound comes press down the trackpad main button while the creditcard holds the cd.

    .. Wait 40 seconds and it will eject.

  29. Aimee says:

    Thank goodness for that!!! Iv been trying to get it to eject for the last hour with no luck, I very nearly gave up! Highly recommended

  30. Grav says:

    Works Great! Thanks!

  31. RC says:

    What is this problem is consistent though?

  32. SaNt says:

    Yeahh!!It works.Thanks.

  33. Catherine says:

    This worked! Thank you so much!

    I always wonder how you guys come up with this stuff. Is it accidental or is there some nerd clearinghouse (not saying nerd derogatorily, I’m a nerd) where this kind of info is collected?

  34. Heidi says:

    Just wanted to chime in that this worked for me! I have an Intel based Macbook. I’ve always had some problems getting DVDs to eject – they never spit out far enough so once I eject it, it goes right back inside. Usually if I take a q-tip moistened with a little running alcohol and run it along the opening it will help. Also, I generally do have to tip my laptop on its side to let gravity do its job. This time, though, it wasn’t even *trying* to eject the dvd. I had just burned something to disk, which was successful (from what I’ve read while looking for a solution, seems like unsuccessfully burning a dvd or cd seems to cause this problem frequently.)

    Anyway, I turned it off, let it sit for about a minute and turned it back on – pressing the trackpad button the entire time. It tried to eject after about 45 seconds, but was sucked back in. Once OS X was starting to load, I tried just hitting the eject button (with laptop on its side) and the stupid thing finally spit out.

  35. andy says:

    u r a legend man. i was like wtf cause it kept making a noise every time i un slept it. u are a lifesaver worked perfectly!!!! 5/5 two thumbs up :)

  36. lisa Doherty says:

    You rock! Thanks.

  37. CKS says:

    We had a mini CD disk stuck in our Macbook. We tried the power down – power up with track bar down, eject button etc. which didn’t work. Wet ended up turning off the computer and closed the lid then bumped the laptop a few times on my thigh with the disk slot down and away from my leg and the disk slid out. It was easy and safe since the laptop wasn’t powered on.

  38. Brandon Meiklejohn says:

    this works great thanks for the help

  39. ben over says:

    sweet!!! this saved my ass hairs

  40. Julia says:

    That was awesome – worked a treat! thank you so much! :)

  41. Aquili says:

    Awesome! The key is to wait two minutes while holding the button down!!! This worked with an inoperative hard drive on an Intel-based MacBook.

  42. areej says:

    oh!!! thx i cant believe my self i tried every think nothing work around 2 days i never sleep trying to solve the problem but i tried this way and it’s work !!
    thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx thx !!!!!

  43. kent says:

    NOTHING! I’ve tried it all and still have the goddamn blinking folder with a question mark, and a clicking sound.

  44. B Money says:

    Works like a charm!!!! Thanks!

  45. Joyce says:


  46. JJKimmel says:

    Thx – worked like a charm. Had to hold down the trackpad button for about 2 minutes before it ejected.

  47. GzL says:

    Thank you so very much!!! It worked!!! And it was so fast that i dont have to bring it to apple store to fix it!! =)
    Thanx again…. =)

  48. cj says:

    thank you soooooo much, the cd was stuck for weeks, your method of restart/holding trackpad worked instantly, of course did not have this information, as they want you to pay for repairs…shame on CR-APPLE for no manual eject pinhole, and may your (free) help to others reap you many blessings!!!! :)

  49. Richard says:

    This is really bad a$$!!!! This really worked!!!! Wow I’m really impressed!!! Thanks!!!

  50. Tom says:

    Thanks a million for this!!!

  51. sania says:

    i didnt use my macbook pro for like 3 months! Just because the cd was in their nothing else worked properly! What i did was switched off my laptop and put the card in their and switched it on and after like about 3 minutes the cd came out by it self! try it ppl! might help! its a big pain in ass!!

  52. karen says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This worked just like you said!

  53. erum says:

    thank you. the credit card thing worked. stopping it to spin and 40secs it was out. thank you

  54. Eugene says:

    Worked for me too. Easy and painless. Thanks!

  55. maybelle says:

    thanks thanks thanks…it worked for us! :) wow!

  56. Ricardo says:


  57. Maree says:

    No amount of pressing the button below the trackpad while restarting helped me, nor did using gravity or shaking. However I found a tip on another blog which worked: get a longish post-it note (or stick several together to get the length and stiffness you need), insert it sticky side down, jiggle it around so it catches the dvd/minidvd and then pull it out!

  58. Leslie in Metchosin says:

    Hi, I had a real problem with my dvd drive (on Intel-based MacBook). The drive was not showing up in Finder, and whenever I’d start up the Mac, it made several seconds of frantic whining eject noises, but wouldn’t eject the dvd. I tried the approach above of holding down the “bar” below the trackpad as soon as I heard the Apple start-up sound, and it came out! Thanks for that! Vielen Dank!

  59. hannah k-s says:

    This saved my life!!! thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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