A Stuck CD in a MacBook

Occasionally your MacBook will not respond to your key commands when attempting to eject a CD as the system thinks the disc is still in use. Your laptop's optical drive is delicate and can easily be damaged if you force the disc out of the drive. As a safety precaution Apple has several troubleshooting methods to clear the laptop's memory which allows the CD to be safely ejected.

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Troubleshoot a stuck CD in your MacBook's disc drive without damaging the CD or your laptop.

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Press and release "Command" and "Q" to exit out of any currently open applications.

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Hold down the "F12" or "Eject" key to force the CD out of the optical drive. If the disc remains stuck, proceed to the following step.

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Press the MacBook's power button and click "Restart."

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Hold down the laptop's trackpad while the MacBook restarts to force the CD to eject.