Troubleshooting: Eject a stuck CD/DVD

A Mac doesn't have an external eject button on its CD/DVD drive. Instead, it offers several options for ejecting a CD or DVD. Here are the most common.

  • All Apple keyboards have an eject key, usually located in the upper right corner of the keyboard. Press the eject key to eject the CD or DVD from the drive.

  • On any keyboard, press and hold the F12 key until the CD or DVD is ejected from the drive. This may take several seconds.

  • Click on the desktop icon for the CD or DVD, and drag it to the trash.

  • Some applications, such as iTunes, Disk Utility, and Toast, have an eject command in a menu or toolbar. Launch the application and use the eject command to eject the CD or DVD.

When all else fails, click and hold the mouse or trackpad button while restarting your Mac.

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