[HOWTO] Force eject a CD/DVD from an Intel Mac

One of these five possible solutions will eject optical media.

  • Holding down the mouse button while starting up. This may take some time, but keep your finger on the mouse button right up until the disc comes out or the log-in screen has appeared
  • Hold down the Option key and start up the computer. When the startup disk selection screen appears, let go of the option key and press the keyboard’s eject button.
  • Hold down Command-Option-O-F and start the computer, to enter the Open Firmware prompt. Type eject cd and press return. To start into OS X, type mac-boot and press return, and the computer will continue with startup.
  • Shut down the computer, turn it back on, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Make sure the power cord is plugged in and the disc might eject on its own.
  • For running computers, open Terminal and type drutil tray eject to eject the disc/tray, and drutil tray close to close the tray. If you have an external drive, e.g. the MacBook Air Superdrive, use drutil eject external

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