Ejecting a Stuck Disc from the Superdrive

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First of all:

Make sure an application you are using is not accessing the disc! Quit the app that is reading that disc, and usually you can eject the disc easily. This is a very common mistake people make, thinking the disc is stuck.

Also, be warned that "Mini-Discs" will not work with the superdrives! Once in, will be hard to get out.

Otherwise, if it is indeed stuck:

Option 1: Restart your computer and hold the mouse or trackpad button down until the disc ejects.

Using the Terminal There are two commands that can be used in the Terminal (located in Applications/Utilities) which can be used to force disk ejection:

- Use the command "drutil tray eject" in Terminal

Option 2: To eject a disc using Open Firmware (for G4/G5 Macs):

- Restart the computer.

- When you hear the startup sound, press and hold the Command-Option-O-F keys. (The Command key has an Apple logo on it.)

- Release the keys when you see a white screen that says “Welcome to Open Firmware.”
- At the prompt, type:

eject cd

Press Return, then wait a few seconds. The disc drive should eject the disc, and “ok” appears on the screen when the action is complete.


& press Return.

Usually the above is sufficient. As a last resort, in very rare cases -

Option 3: (Last Ditch!!)

However, if the disc is STILL steadfastly stuck in rare cases because it is busy (the disc is still spinning and being read, even with all the above tried, including reboots etc . ) then before you take it to the shops to have it opened up removed, you can try the following:

1. Let it sit for a while. Eventually all that reading might come to a stop, and the disc will eject itself.

2. Hold your Mac at an angle so that gravity might assist in ejecting the disc, probably the ejection mechanism is weak(?).

3. You've waited for hours and held your Mac any way possible already for the disc to come out, and so this is truly the last resort and *WARNING* might spoil your disc. Insert a piece of cardboard into the drive. Press it against the spinning disc, and force it to a stop while the computer is being restarted (and hold down the mouse button!). This will force the disc to stop, the command to eject the disc will be executed. This maneuver should not be tried unless you have tried all other options and you're nearly about to take it back to the shop!

Last tip: If you tend to use the drive a lot, such as for burning DVD home movies or watching movies, then to avoid wear and tear, get an external usb DVD drive. Yes, they will work and can be easily replaced.

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