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How To Eject And Remove A Stuck CD Or DVD From A MacBook

Updated on October 6, 2010
All I wanted was my DVD back!
All I wanted was my DVD back!

Hey Mac, Give Me My DVD Back!

After I had burned a new DVD of a video I edited up one day, I wanted to make sure that it would actually play on a Mac, so I did the same thing that I always do when I want to watch a DVD -- I pushed it into my MacBook's SuperDrive (what a cool name). As my MacBook made the weird noises that it always does when I put in a DVD (is that necessary?), I noticed that the SuperDrive showed up as an icon on my desktop and that the DVD was spinning around and around, which seemed pretty normal as well.

Unfortunately my DVD burning skills aren't quite up to par because the DVD didn't end up playing, which isn't the first time that my computer skills haven't quite been as sharp as I would like them to be. But, it didn't bother me much and I figured that I would just eject the defunct DVD and try to burn another one -- no big deal, right? Wrong. To my surprise, when I tried to eject the DVD from my MacBook nothing happened. It was like my Mac didn't want to give me back my non-working DVD and it wasn't budging on the matter. I couldn't get my DVD back and I had no idea how to eject it.

Luckily, after searching around on how to get my MacBook to part with my DVD I finlly figured it out and I finally got my hands on the DVD that didn't even work in the first place. Just in case you have the same problem that I did, I listed out some ways to get your stuck DVD or CD to eject from your MacBook too so that you don't panic like I did.

The location of the eject button on a Mac
The location of the eject button on a Mac

Press And Hold The Eject Button

OK, this might seem like a no-brainer, but the fact that I am a fairly new Mac user, it took me a couple minutes to figure out that I needed to press and hold the eject key if I wanted to eject a DVD from my MacBook. The eject button is usually the key that's located at the top-right corner of your keyboard. Most of the time pressing and holding this eject button will do the trick, but sometimes you need to pull something else out of your bag of tricks. Keep on reading if you this option doesn't work for you. 


Dragging the CD icon into the trash can might eject your CD/DVD
Dragging the CD icon into the trash can might eject your CD/DVD

Drag The SuperDrive CD Icon To The Trash Can

If hitting the eject button doesn't work for you and your DVD or CD is still stuck in your MacBook a good second option is to drag the SuperDrive icon that appears on your desktop to the trash can. On my MacBook the trash can is located in the bottom right-hand corner of my desktop, so dragging down the icon is pretty easy. The SuperDrive icon should look like a CD and should have the name of your DVD or CD listed below it.

Once you drag the CD icon into the trach can, your DVD or CD should be ejected from your Mac. If not, it looks like you might need to keep on reading. Don't worry, this option didn't work for me, either.

Hold in this mouse button on your MacBook during reboot and your DVD should eject
Hold in this mouse button on your MacBook during reboot and your DVD should eject

Holding In The Mouse Button During A Reboot

Believe it or not, this is what finally did the trick for me when I had a stuck DVD in my MacBook. All you need to do for this to work is reboot your MacBook and as it's rebooting keep your fingers pressed down on the mouse button that's actually on the laptop. This might work with an external mouse, but to be honest I haven't tried. As you're pressing the mouse button and your MacBook begins to reboot, your DVD will eject before your desktop appears. I'm not sure how this happens (and I don't really care), but it actually works. Maybe it's some type of Mac magic or something?


Using a credit card sounds crazy, but has actually worked for some people
Using a credit card sounds crazy, but has actually worked for some people

Last Ditch Effort: Using A Credit Card

I'm not saying that this method always works, but I know that it has for a few MacBook owners and at this point if nothing else has worked, it's worth a shot. I mean, desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

Over on a blog I read about how this guy used a credit card to somehow get a CD out of his MacBook's SuperDrive. It took him a few tries, but he did it by simply sticking the credit car in the SuperDrive's slot, pressing the eject key and once he felt pressure on the card he pulled it out, along with the CD. Seems kind of crazy, but hey, it worked and might be worth giving a shot if none of these previous methods worked. If this does actually work, be sure to leave me a comment and let me know.


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      Johnk881 3 years ago

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      Jeff Lindsay 3 years ago

      Does Apple realize what a problem their drive system is? Needs to be an easy manual eject button or hole for paperclip or something. I used my Macbook Pro DVD about 6 times before a DVD became stuck. Ugh.

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      hate computers 4 years ago

      post its worked instantly, dvd and cd came right out

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      Live N Learn 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Loved this hub! I ran into the same problem with a stuck dvd once and felt so stupid when I found out about the Eject button! hahaha

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      James 4 years ago

      I was forced into trying the credit card trick. I put the card in while my iMac was off and then turned it on. The disc started spinning and I pulled the card out. After a few seconds, the drive ejected the disc after not being able to read it. It's almost as if I jiggled the disc into its proper position so the drive could engage it properly.

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      Amazed 4 years ago

      ohmigosh!!! Thank you so much!!! I felt like I'd tried everything and was getting desperate but rebooting it and holding down the curser worked like a charm!! Thanks heaps XD

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      Thanks 5 years ago

      work with the two fingers in the mouse pad!!!1 Thanks!

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      Thankful 5 years ago

      OMIGOD! After spending hours trying to remove a burned CD, I found your page. I used the holding down the mouse button (bar) on computer and it worked on first try! You are awesome.

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      Stephanie 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for the credit card idea! IT WORKED! TY so much!

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      AMum! 5 years ago

      Would you belive the credit card trick works in reverse too... My three year old son had inserted my credit card into the CD slot in my husbands Apple Mac and I was just dreading telling him. So... I read this tip and inserted a CD into the drive that my card was stuck in pressed eject while keeping hold of the CD, after two attepts the edge of my card popped out! Thanks you have saved me a lot of stress and worry!!!

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      Brianna 5 years ago

      Thanks so much! Credit card worked on first try!!

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      Mia_Liu 5 years ago

      I tried with my C Card few times and the last time I pulled my com up a lil bit and I saw a tiny little edge of the CD...Eventually, I get the CD out with my finger nails... It HURTS!!! btw, I'm gonna pay genius bar a visit tomorrow... just in case... i'm 100% sure the Drive has a problem, cuz while i'm reboot the computer, I figured that the sound the drive made when turning on the computer is different from the usual days... ANYWAY, THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! At lease i don't need to shat down my computer cuz it is keep trying to reject the CD out, somehow get blocked and get the CD back, read it, reject it, blocked, go back to drive......FOREVER!

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      slaughterteddy 5 years ago

      ...thanks - the credit card trick also worked brilliantly on an Alienware X17!

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      Nikki 5 years ago

      Thanks!!! I had no idea there was an eject button on the keyboard lol that worked for me :)

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      Kelly 5 years ago

      My son pushed 2 DVD's into the slot of our MAC. UGH...I was so mad! This happened once before and we paid to have it fixed. This time I decided to try and figure it out on my own.

      I used a credit card and a sticky tab (I couldn't find any post its), it grasped one DVD and then the other came right out!

      THANK YOU sooooooo much for the helpful tips.

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      Jenni 5 years ago

      Thank you so much!!! Holding down the mouse and reboot worked!

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      kendy1018 5 years ago

      the credit card trick worked! thanks a lot!

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      Brooke 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for the credit card idea! It worked perfect! Nothing else would!!!

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      Glenna 5 years ago

      Thanks! Credit card technique worked for me.. :)

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      Jason 5 years ago

      holding down the mouse and reboot for me.

      Thank you for a clear and humorous instruction

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      Meg 5 years ago

      OH MY GOD the credit card thing totally worked!

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      Lillian White 5 years ago

      The credit card worked

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      ruy santana 5 years ago

      BOTH the DVD AND the credit card are now stuck inside !!!!! the credit card was "eaten" by the computer !!!!! what to do next ????

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      Ed W. 5 years ago

      Hey Apple, the advanced technology company, here's an idea - why not add a small manual eject button like the WinTel world has been using for, oh I don't know, Decades!!!! and spare the Apple FanBoys the grief of having to use credit cards to get stuck CDs/DVDs out of your systems?

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      Lina Shape 5 years ago

      @Above,

      What they said... :(

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      MACBOOK IS MEAN! 5 years ago

      IT DUNT WORK AT ALL, U NEED NEW METHODES!

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      Audrey 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! I was really doubtful about the credit card trick but it actually worked!!!

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      TI 5 years ago

      Post it really worked for me. Thanks so much. Now I don't have to get reservation for genius bar.

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      kush 5 years ago

      THANKYOU VERY MUCH, it was helpful

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      William 5 years ago

      My id did it 4 me.i cant believe that pc outsmart apple on this with their manual eject hole on their dvd rom.picture steve jobs inserting his gold card to get a disc out of his macbook.its silly.apple better sought this mess asap.am very mad coz av been doing this from 10pm and its now 2am monday.i got a client waiting tomorrow for a dvd i finished burning yesterday and i almost fucked up.thanx 4 the credit card suggestion.

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      NK 5 years ago

      This is a great resource! Thankyou! Not sure if success came after holding the mouse down and rebooting...or sticking a credit card into the drive! (I went w/ the combo) :) Chaching! I got my DVD back!:) Thanks again!

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      ginger 5 years ago

      sticky notes yeah! nothing else worked. thank you!

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      philb 5 years ago

      thanks so much, the reboot worked for me.....

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      Jaccobb 5 years ago

      The credit card trick work! haha thanks

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      michelle 5 years ago

      The credit card trick worked on the first try.

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      goudy 5 years ago

      woahhh! holding the mouse while reboot worked like a charm!!!!

      gotta do it to believe it!

      thanks!!

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      banker 5 years ago

      wowowowowow................credit card works ....thanksssssssssssssssssss

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      Babgess 5 years ago

      Just used the method by holding down the mouse button- worked like a charm :)

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      Bigmantisdel 5 years ago

      Another thing that works for me is to open iTunes (even though it is a DVD) where there is always an eject button on the screen. Press it and usually that works when other things fail.

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      Suboss 5 years ago

      Tap it above the cd rom and press eject

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      ac slayer 5 years ago

      holding the mouse thing while rebooting worked for us!:) Thanks so much!!

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      carey g 5 years ago

      Holding down the mouse button and restarting just worked for me, thanks so much for your help!!!

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      Susan 5 years ago

      The mouse trick is pure magic! Thank you for sharing and saving my day!

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      Soph 5 years ago

      excellent ! thank you so much- "Holding In The Mouse Button During A Reboot" worked perfectly ! you're the best :)

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      tom 5 years ago

      Thank you ......... it worked even though the credit card had expired ;•]

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      PubeMcGoobe 5 years ago

      Credit Card worked, let just hope it will play dvd's again. I just got the CD out and am way too nervous to put another CD in and resulting in it getting stuck. Word to your mother great information on this hub!

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      Linda 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! I wa beginning to panic, till I found this post.

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      Tasha 5 years ago

      After 3days of searching on the net how to get my mac OSx cd out i finally stumbled on ur blog. the external mouse button trick works too! Thanks!

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      yoyo 5 years ago

      thanks for the mouse trick!!!I was desperate!XOXO

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      Fayola P 5 years ago

      This was so useful and easy to read. Thank you!

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      guest 5 years ago

      the post it note worked for me! :) so simple. my mac was turned off. i stuck the thin post it notes in sticky side down and the pulled the CD out with no problem. THANK YOU!

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      Krishna 5 years ago

      Holding the mouse button actually worked for me.. thanks!!!

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      Denis 5 years ago

      Holding the mouse key worked the first time. Thanks.

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      tex 5 years ago

      Thankx mates. i tried the mouse trick it works really well.

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      sf 5 years ago

      used a credit card. put in a mini music disc that came free from a t-shirt I bought. credit card worked w/o scratching. took me 2 seconds. thanks!

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      Volensanima 6 years ago

      You have no idea how grateful l am for this information...THANK YOU! Seriously thought l really messed up my computer. Xoxo!!!!!!!!

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      mira 6 years ago

      I put in a big disc halfway and pressed on eject button, then the lil mfo disc came out, wohooo

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      Daniela 6 years ago

      Yew!! I held down the mouse button while it was restarting then when i turned the computer back on it came out!! finally :) Thank you!!!!!!

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      Starry 6 years ago

      I held my Macbook with the CD slot facing down. Gently shook it whilst holding the eject button and the CD slid out 1 second later. Whew!! No need to call a Genius =D

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      Emerald 6 years ago

      The one during reboot was amzing thx sooooooooooooooooo much

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      macbook22 6 years ago

      This worked! I had to put a credit card into the slot and hold down the trackpad while rebooting. Thanks for the help!

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      M.Lee 6 years ago

      Sticky Note=Awesomeness!

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      SN 6 years ago

      The credit card actually worked for me. Thanks!

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      Barnegat Blummis 6 years ago

      The holding-the-mouse-button-while-rebooting was the charm for me. The macbook wouldn't release the Windows 7 install disc I had in there. Yay for you!

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      mig 6 years ago

      worked with the credit card! thx

      i inserted an old dvd with a paper label that slightly bent up and jammed the dvd mechanism of my mac. after a little cursing i googled how to remove a stuck disc from a macbook and got as 1st hit this page.

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      Ruth 6 years ago

      thank you thank you thank you. had to turn off by holding on/off button for a while and then when I turned it on again while holding the mouse pad down the DVD was ejected. I can't thank you enough

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      pla 6 years ago

      Credit card and Post It note together worked for me! We've removed two DVDs from the tray of my 24" iMac. Thanks!

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      AFallGuy4U 6 years ago

      No credit cards, No post-it's no tweezers. Just shut it down and turn it on it's side, (slot down) give it one good shake and let gravity do its job...remember to have a firm grip on each side...do it over carpet or a mattress cause it will pop out quick...Cheers!

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      blaaa 6 years ago

      WOOWWW thanks the eject button thing really did do the trick

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      megan 6 years ago

      thank you so much! I put a mini-cd in my mac but it wouldn't play! I got freaked out and traded every thing! First I put a gift-card in and then rebooted and held down my mouse! I was freaked out that wasn't going to work! Thank you so much!

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      MGknottyKnapps 6 years ago

      wooohooo! i got a sticker, attached it to a credit card, stuck it into the drived, got another cc and pressed down on top of the sticker so it could 'catch' and out pooped-2 CDs!!!! Back in business! Thanks for the sticky note suggestion! Nothing else worked for me but this trick!

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      PJ 6 years ago

      Love the sticky note idea...the only method that worked for me!

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      best try 6 years ago

      I tried the stickpad.. it worked like a charm. CD was already visible from outside of the drive.. so it was a easy one. thanks guys.

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      AEF 6 years ago

      Wow! Holding down the mouse totally did the trick! thanks.

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      Liz 6 years ago

      I can't believe the post-its trick actually works! The Mac reseller/service center in Singapore was going to charge me $129 for the work!

      Thanks for the awesome tip!

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      Gary1978 6 years ago

      The credit card trick worked!

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      Shin 6 years ago

      The holding the mouse button during reboot actually works

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      Frenchy 6 years ago

      Um, before you spend an hour trying to get the CD out make sure your Mom didn'y borrow your Mac, take the CD out and leave it upstairs...

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      Dr.Tushar 6 years ago

      This thing worked!

      Be careful......... while using the credit card

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      HannahRB 6 years ago

      Thank you soo much!! I tried the turning it off and holding down the mouse thing and it worked perfectly!

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      Margo 6 years ago

      I was about to give up hope. I tried all 3 methods and they didn't work. Then, I read somebody's comment about the post it note trick and out it came!! Woohoo. Thanks!

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      penguano 6 years ago

      mad macs you chief

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      Celin 6 years ago

      I just hold the pad and the cd pop out... Thanks

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      alix 6 years ago

      the credit card really works!!!!!! just in few seconds!!!!!!

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      BOOEZ 6 years ago

      Credit card worked well although I thought it was a big joke or something. Thank you so much for this great tip.

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      sazzadcsedu 6 years ago

      The 3rd trick comes as a solution for me.

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      gma 6 years ago

      Two of us tried for 2 hours and nothing worked till we bumped it several times with a full size CD (holding tightly) while holding down the eject button, then we were able to grab the small CD.

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      Puneet 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot, the card thing even worked for me

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      erin 6 years ago

      the credit card worked, and i thought it was really stuck. thanks!

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      Krahv 6 years ago

      The credit card worked for me, thanks a lot

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      Sarah F. 6 years ago

      The credit card trick worked on the first try. You just saved my life. Thank you!

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      YOON EUN HYE........... 6 years ago

      Try restarting the macbook and after that while booting try holding the eject button and that will pop out....! if this help PRESS THE LIKE BUTTON!...

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      Salma 6 years ago

      i tried everything, the credit card, the dragging, and nothing did it best as the press and hold mouse trick :D thanks alot

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      James 6 years ago

      thanks!!! pressing the mouse button worked for me..

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      Chris 6 years ago

      post it note was the trick. wonderfully simple and fast, worked first try. thx.

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      Cheese 6 years ago

      WOW!!! It's great!!! I have tried it on my macbook.

      It worked on my credit card!!! Thx a lot!!!

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      Susanclane 6 years ago

      Worked like a charm on the third try. Used my crestor card half in half out , heard it trying to eject pulled out the card and there it came. Thanks!

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      Sammy 6 years ago

      any of the above doesn't work out to me and I am kinda desperate on how to remove the cd on my macbook. Maybe I should need to open my macbook or ask for technician to do that.

      when I try to done those method especially by pressing the MOUSE while rebooting my mac...I can hear that the cd is moving inside but still it doesn't put it out..and I don't know why!

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      md shah alam 6 years ago

      thankss dude..itz working...

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      jk 6 years ago

      THANK YOU!! Your suggestion to reboot worked for me. Thanks!!!!