A Stuck CD in a MacBook

By Mario Calhoun

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Tips & Warnings

  • Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) also clears the laptop's memory, which releases the hold on the CD. Remove the laptop's battery from the bottom of the MacBook, hold down the power button for five seconds and reinsert the battery to reset the SMC.