In the old days, Apple provided a manual eject button you pushed in with a paperclip; however, Macs released in the past few years have been lacking this handy feature. If a disc becomes stuck in the drive for some reason, it can quickly become a cause of irritation and frustration.
The Mac knows it's there. It will spin the drive up, trying to read the disc, sometimes repeatedly.
If you use the usual methods to try to eject it such as choosing "Eject" from the Finder, or dragging it to the Trash , you can be rewarded by an endlessly revving optical drive, as the disc is constantly spun up, remounted and clicks as it fails to eject. If you leave it, the drive will sometimes be quiet for days, but you know it's there and one false move — accidentally clicking on that icon — starts the maddening revving cycle. I was preparing to pass it on to the kids, but wanted to resolve the disc issue first, because I know they'd keep clicking on it and I was afraid we'd hit a state where it simply wouldn't spin down.
I'm no prude when it comes to taking computers apart I was even Apple Certified back in the day , but pulling out, or replacing the optical drive in an iMac is a pain in the butt and something I'd rather avoid. A MacBook, no problem: access to components is easy. The iMac, less so.
I've swapped out the RAM on this machine and removed the protective glass cover to clean dust off the LCD display, but there's no way I want to remove the display altogether to get at the drive beneath it. Not if I can avoid it. In case you are ever faced with this annoying situation, here is what I tried in order of escalating frustration :.
Using the Terminal, enter the following command: drutil eject. If none of these solution works, there's a pretty good chance that there's a hardware problem.
If not and you don't mind the risk of possibly damaging the optical drive, you can proceed to more drastic measures. Oh, and I could find no trace of a software solution, like an AppleScript to make the iMac ignore the drive. If someone knows one that works, that would certainly save some effort and potential hardware damage.
Apple itself publishes a how-to on slot-loading iMac drive failures. Click and hold on the icon and drag it to the trash.
Optical drives typically include a small pinhole large enough to insert a paper clip end to manually eject a stubborn disc. Since the Mac Mini doesn't include this. There are several options to eject a CD or DVD when the mac mini fails to boot, but most of them dont work if you do not have a mac keayboard at hand.
Perhaps one of the quickest ways to eject a CD or DVD is to right-click on its desktop icon and select Eject from the pop-up menu. Some applications, such as iTunes and Disk Utility , have an eject command in a menu or toolbar. Use the Eject menu applet located in the Mac's menu bar.
When all else fails, click and hold the mouse or trackpad button while restarting your Mac. Most external optical drives have an eject button built into the front of the drive's case. Pressing the eject button causes the device tray to open or the optical media to be ejected if it's a slot-loading device. Some external optical drives appear to be missing an obvious eject button, but if you look closely, you'll see a small hole in the front of the case large enough to insert a straightened paperclip. Make sure the external optical drive is turned off and disconnected from your Mac.
Insert the flat blade screwdriver tip into the lip between the tray and the case of the drive.
Once the tray is open, remove the optical media. Close the tray when the task is complete.
See author's posts. Solution 3a worked for me. Restart your Mac, while holding down your trackpad button or your left mouse button if you are using a mouse.
Keep holding that button down until the desktop appears. This triggers the system to eject your disk before OS X begins loading. The terminal app worked for me.
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The terminal app command was the ticket! I had a problem where nothing worked. So I went into the terminal and spammed it 15 times.