Save Money! 10 Free Ways To Eject A Stuck Disk From Your Mac Superdrive

First, the omnipresent warning … these tips have been tried and tested by Mac users around the world, but I am the first to admit that your Mac might have a problem that no one has yet found. Use the most radical methods at your own risk.

These are the ten best ways I've found to eject a stuck disc from your supermotor, and hopefully one of them will work for you. If they do not, it could mean a trip to your local Apple store with your credit card in hand, but I doubt it.

New on Macintosh?

First, these are the standard methods for ejecting a superdrive disk, therefore, follow these three steps first, before moving on to the more esoteric below, and even if you are an experienced user of Mac, I suggest you follow these steps to make sure you have covered all the bases of faults, an Apple technician would start from here as well.

1. Press and hold the eject key (marked with a triangle at the top of a dash); if it is not ejected, try these other two methods alternately:
2. Drag the disk icon to the bin of your database.
3. Find the disk icon on your desktop. Right click with the mouse, and when the drop-down menu appears, scroll down and click on eject "any disk."

If the disk stays in place, try these:

Macintosh heal yourself

Macs can sometimes heal, especially if you've been using your Mac for days without turning it off and it does & # 39; It's pretty hot. To see if this is the cause of your problem, turn off your Mac and go do something else for half an hour or so. Turn it on again and go for a coffee, when you return, your disk may be waiting for you.

Try to eject using the Disk Utility

Go to your applications, find your Utilities folder and double-click on the Disk Utility. You will see your disk on the left under the icon of your hard drive. Click once on the icon of your disk to select it, and click on the blue ejection icon on the upper right corner of the toolbar. Do not go?

Trackpad and Mouse Trick

Restart your Mac and, at the same time, hold down the left mouse button or touchpad key (depending on the model of your Mac) while your computer restarts. Continue pressing down until your disc comes out.

Using The Mac Terminal

This may seem a bit daunting if it's the first time you use the Terminal Macs interface. Just look at it like the Macs boiler room, the script bits that work with all those easy-to-use icons that other manufacturers try to emulate so hard.

Go to the Utilities folder and double-click Terminal and your white terminal command box will open. Your cursor will be there waiting. Now type the following: drutil eject (leave a space between both words) and press return. The disk should appear alone. Exit the Terminal.

Still caught fast there? If so, the probable cause of your jammed disk is that it has been dismounted when the disk drive lifts it up to present it in the slot and remove it.

In turn, lift the edge of the disk slightly and instead of ejecting it safely, the disk loses the slot and touches the body of the Mac. Instead of damaging itself, your Mac immediately pulls the disk again to its starting point, and the process continues until it can be released, meanwhile the superdrive will continue to rotate.

It's time to play our last cards. Literally.

Macbook Shuffle

This can only be used with a laptop (or a mini mac if you have hands like a field marshal) – it's a bit of a juggling act, but it can be pretty successful

Reboot your Mac, and then remove it and hold it so that the slot of the superdrive is facing down. Now press the eject key while shaking your Macintosh up and down and back and forth … remember you are trying to get the disk to find the slot, so shake!

If at first you do not succeed, try your credit card!

It may seem a bit radical, and it could be your last resort, but believe me, it works 99% of the time.

What you should do is interrupt the ejection cycle I mentioned earlier (when the disk is slowly placing the shell over the slot).

First, restart your Mac while holding the mouse / trackpad key down as before. Take a credit card or a piece of thick cardboard and insert it on the left side of the slot unit; is trying to push the disk slightly down while your Mac tries to eject it. Keep trying to expel him.

Other variants on the same theme that do not involve a restart are: Use a large mail label to make adhesive contact with the disk, then press the eject button and give it a little help to remove it. The adhesive tape smoothed on the DVD with your credit card, then pulling while pressing the eject button, is another way Mac users swear they will pull out a disc.

If none of these jobs seems to have a major problem with the disk, you should review it.

Well, there they are, all the tips I know for a jammed CD or DVD from a Macs superdrive slot. I hope one of them works for you, and saves you the time and money that an engineer will charge you to fix it.

Spend the money on someone you care about, you deserve it!

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