I have a problem with ejecting a CD. It happened twice in the past few days, CD drive disappears from the list of devices in a Finder and I can't eject a CD that sits inside my laptop. I tried Disk Utility it sees the drive, but the eject option is grayed out. Typing "drutil tray eject" in Terminal also doesn't produce any effect.

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    I also found the shell commands drutil eject and drutil tray open, but they don't seem to be any more forceful than the other methods here. I've not found anything short of rebooting to help me, yet. :-( – Ken Sep 29 '12 at 22:35

The first thing to try in these cases is to restart the computer and hold down your Eject key or Mouse/trackpad button while it's starting up.

If that doesn't work, try Resetting the SMC on an Intel based mac, or a PMU reset on an older PowerPC machine, then try again.

If that fails, you'll want to bring the machine into an  Authorized Service Center if it's under warranty, or look into less orthodox solutions if not.

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  • what or where is the eject key? – Thufir Jun 1 '18 at 23:24

I had a similar solution to TrentEllingsen. My CD drive would not relinquish this stuck CD. Not with a terminal command or eject button or what have you.

I eventually decided to go about it manually. First I tried using a card to leverage the CD enough so that "drutil eject" would work but after several tries it was obvious it wouldn't. So I rubbed on some elbow grease and grabbed another card. I slid one under the CD and the other on top. Then, like using a pair of card-nosed pliers, I pinched tight, pulled gently, and out came the CD... with protective slip attached! That was the last time I let my girlfriend burn anything on my mac.

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I had a similar problem with a macbook that wasn't able to start up and I wanted to put in the reformatting disk in to try and fix it but had a stuck CD.

I tried holding the eject, mouse button, holding multiple buttons at the same time, tilting it.. What actually worked was a suggestion I found that using step 3 from here

I just stuck a borders gift card into the slot and then gently 
pushed it down on the rotating CD (scary sound). 
It stopped spinning and soon ejected!
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  • Sounds like it worked and can see why, but this is very likely to damage the CD and the drive, I would not recommend. – Graeme Hutchison Nov 16 '11 at 13:58

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