How to Load a Disk onto an Apple iMac Computer

By Joanne Mendes

Loading a disk onto an iMac can be a little confusing if you are new to Apple computers. Depending on the iMac's model, a disk can be loaded onto the computer either from a disk tray or through a slot. Also, unlike a PC, an iMac does not begin to automatically load a CD or a DVD once it has been inserted into its hard drive; the loading process has to be activated manually.

Newer Models with a Disk Slot

Step 1

Turn on the Apple iMac and wait for it to finish booting.

Step 2

Insert the disk into the slot located on the right side of the computer or directly into the front of the computer. The location of the slot depends on the iMac model. Make sure that the disk label is facing up.

Step 3

Push the disk all the way into the slot.

Step 4

Double-click the disk icon that will appear on the iMac's screen. The disk will begin to load onto the computer.

Older Models with a Disk Tray

Step 1

Turn on the Apple iMac and wait for it to finish booting.

Step 2

Press the "Eject" key located on the top right-hand side of the keyboard. The Eject key features a -- icon with a solid line underneath. Wait for the drive tray to slide out of the computer's hard drive.

Step 3

Insert the CD or DVD into the disk tray with the label side facing up.

Step 4

Press the "Eject" key again. The disk tray will close.

Step 5

Double-click the disk icon which will appear on the iMac's screen. The disk will begin to load onto the computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to remove the disk from the iMac's hard drive before shutting down the computer. If you leave the disk in the hard drive, the computer will be slow to reboot next time you turn it on.