Eject A Cd Manually On A Mac Mini

A common problem among Mac Mini users is the occasional inability to eject a CD from the drive via normal means. There are multiple solutions to this problem, and each should be attempted in the order of least invasive to most invasive. Only if you exhaust all of the options described here should you resort to taking your Mac to a specialist to remove the CD and repair the drive.


1. Reboot the Mac and try ejecting the CD with the “CD eject” key after it boots up. When it comes to minor problems, completely rebooting the system and trying the problematic process again is often effective and is always the first thing you should try.

2. Navigate to the “Applications and Utilities” section of the operating system and select “Disk Utility.” Highlight the CD drive and click the “Eject” button..

3. Reboot the computer. As soon as it begins to boot up, click and hold the mouse button. Hold the button either until the CD ejects itself or until the operating system has completely booted.

4. Restart the computer. As it starts up, press and hold down “Command-Option-O-“F.” This will cause the system to boot up in open firmware mode. When the terminal screen boots up, type “eject-cd” (without the quotes) and press “Enter.”

5. Type “drutil tray eject” (without the quotes) into the terminal and press “Enter.” If you are still not successful, turn off the computer and unplug all cords from the CPU.

6. Turn the CPU upside down and lay it flat on a desk or table. Use a flat-edged knife or small pry bar to gently and carefully lift the bottom panel off the unit.

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7. Use a small Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the four screws at the corners of the large, flat, shiny metal panel directly below the bottom panel. Lift off the panel to expose the CD drive and remove the CD carefully with your fingers.

8. Replace the metal panel and its screws, and snap the bottom cover back into place. Reattach all of the cables and boot up the computer.