Getting a stuck disc out of the Mac mini optical drive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Doctor Q, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Yesterday I helped a Mac mini owner who had a CD stuck in the optical drive. It wasn't a physical jam. The mini simply didn't recognize the CD and therefore didn't offer any way to eject it. The Finder didn't see it. Disk Utility didn't see it. And holding the mouse button down while booting didn't eject it.

    The solution turned out to be as follows:
    1. Switch from a wireless keyboard to a wired keyboard.
    2. Shut down.
    3. Hold the D key while booting to launch the Apple Hardware Test.
    4. Choose Shut Down. The disc ejects.
    I hope this tip will help others in the same situation.
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany
    some additional options include:

    credit for the above goes to Kappy

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