Release your trapped CD

Release your trapped CD

Placing scratched CD's and DVD's in your Mac is always a gamble. What happens when the gamble comes up snake eyes?


If that CD or DVD refuses to eject after repeatedly pushing the eject button and refuses to appear in the FInder or Disk Utility, it might be time for a restart.


Save and close all your applications and restart your computer. While the computer is booting up hold down the left mouse button. If you are still using a one button mouse, hold down the button and consider upgrading to a two button mouse.


While booting up, your Mac should spit out the offending disk.




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Restarting seems drastic. I've found I can eject the
scratched CD from the Terminal window with the
following command:

diskutil eject /dev/disk1

The device name for your CD drive may vary.
My mac has one hard drive which is disk0 so
the CD/DVD drive is disk1. You may need to experiment
by incrementing the number to disk2, disk3, and so on.

Good luck!



1. If you have an older Mac, you already have a manual eject button.

2. Open iTunes and press the eject key to open the CD drive

3. A PPC Mac can eject it by open firmware

4. Enable the eject button on the menu bar and try it.



This was great! Nothing else I tried would work. Thanks!



I have a disc in my slot loading iBook for some time now. I have tried this and nothing works. What is my next option??


Mark T.

From Apple (

On a PowerPC-based Macintosh (but not an Intel-based Macintosh), you may use Open Firmware to eject a CD or DVD disc when normal methods for ejecting it have not succeeded.

To eject a disc with Open Firmware commands, follow these steps:

1. Restart the computer.
2. Immediately after the startup sound, press and hold the key combination Command-Option-O-F.
Note: The Command key has the Apple and () icons on it.
3. Release the keys when you see a white screen that says "Welcome to Open Firmware."
4. At the prompt, type: eject cd
5. Press Return, then wait a few seconds. The disc drive should eject any disc that is present, and "ok" appears behind your command when the action is complete.
6. Type: mac-boot
7. Press Return.

Your computer should now start up normally.



In similar situations, I've also had success using Toast Titanium's "Eject" command to eject the disc tray. No need to restart the computer.



"If you are still using a one button mouse, hold down the button and consider upgrading to a two button mouse."

made laugh, honestly it did.

Good tip, thanks...

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