It's frightening when you've got a CD or DVD in your iMac AND the drive disappears from Finder AND the eject button on the keyboard does not work.
It happened to me when I ejected a CD and then reinserted it too quickly - which is something I won't be doing again in a hurry - which is another way of saying I'll make sure I've got the brain engaged first next time.
However for when I'm being totally clueless before my second cup of tea in the morning this is my reminder to myself which I thought I would share with others!
This is how you get a stuck CD / DVD out!
- Make sure the CD or DVD disc is not in use. Quit all applications that are using files on the disc.
- Go to Applications
- Go to Utilities
- Go to Terminal
- do not clear what is there
- type in "drutil eject" (leaving out the quote marks) and press return
- your iMac will whirr and the disc will eject!
I'm assuming the process will probably also work with the SD card slot although that's less of a problem as part of the card is always visible.
Other guides to "what to do" include:
- Apple Support: Apple Computers: Troubleshooting the slot load optical disc drive
- Apple Support: If you can't eject a CD or DVD or open the drive tray
- Apple Support: (for authorised repairers only) iMac (Slot Loading): Troubleshooting CD/DVD Eject Failures
- MacRumours Guides: Force Eject a Stuck CD or DVD
- Corewerkz: video: How To Remove Stuck CD From iMac / Slot Loading Optical Drive (the credit card trick)
Journal of an iMac Virgin
It's been suggested to me that I need to update my Journal of an iMac Virgin for those of you would like to know how I'm getting on with my new 27" iMac after a bit more than two months of use.
I'm going to be doing another post next week but in the meantime, for those who are interested but have not read them, here's my earlier posts:
BBC Modern Masters Series on my 27" HD screen - about Matisse.