I have a DVD I was trying to rip, and handbrake froze up when scanning it. I tried to eject the DVD by dragging and dropping it to the trash, which trashed the icon, but didn't eject the DVD. I then forced Handbrake to quit, but without an icon on my desktop to select, how can I eject the DVD?

  • Question answered at: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/7906/…
    – gosmond
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 21:44
  • Does the Disk Utility show the drive or the media? Often unmounting and ejecting there work as well.
    – bmike
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 21:47
  • @gosmond -yeah you are right - this should probably be marked as an exact duplicate.
    – dunxd
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 20:25

2 Answers 2


Reboot the computer while holding down the mouse button - if there's no physical issue preventing ejection, the disc will be ejected.

You can of course use terminal to try to force an eject, but this requires a little knowledge of text commands and is covered here:

  • The linked question shows how to use terminal, but this is the suggested way to ensure an optical drive has the best chance to eject media without accidentally unmounting the wrong drive or the wrong filesystem.
    – bmike
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 20:45

Open terminal.

drutil tray eject

DVD ejected.

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    This didn't work on my MacBook Air. Also, you should be able to shorten it to drutil eject in most cases. Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 23:04

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