When I first downloaded and opened Ejector, nothing happened on either my High Sierra or Mojave machines. After I force-quit Ejector in Activity Monitor and moved it to the Applications folder, it worked fine.
You can usually drag a mounted CD or DVD to the Trash to eject it, and Apple also provides a menu extra that puts an Eject menu in the menu bar, from which you can select a SuperDrive to eject its disc with tray-based drives, it can also open the tray. Ten bucks? I think you can link it to the Eject key, if you really need a hotkey, but the menu bar widget is good enough.
Semulov is free, and does the same thing and a bit more, I believe. This is the app I use to map the Eject key. Con: It treats my microSD card not as an SD card but as an external drive and so ejects it along with the other drives that are attached no matter how I set its preferences.
I kept wondering why the key was considered vestigial even though I rarely use it. I have back-up disks from the Lombard era that still work. Nothing else seems to have lasted that long. What discs do you still use?
The oldest of those is 15 years. None ever just lie around to get physically damaged. We just had more commercial disks I bought of Babylon 5 fail and I had to buy a new set.
I think they fail because of the dual layer and inexpensive disk source. If your desktop loads up and still no CD has presented itself then it was unsuccessful.
A video is useful but a MacBook is very sensitive and handling it yourself in this manner is highly risky. Honestly there are only two ways to avoid this problem from happening again, get it fixed altogether by taking it to an Apple Store — which none of us want to do — or you can do what I did and buy an external optical drive.
The thing about this issue is that if it happens a lot then there is obviously something wrong and you can ship it off to be fixed and be Macless or you can use the alternative external optical drive.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. You have to open it just to get a disk out… none of those methods work sometimes.
Even apple support told me how to do it… but the fact they have no eject button is simply retarded engineering. Before we get started After spending over 20 years working with Macs, both old and new, theres a tool I think would be useful to every Mac owner who is experiencing performance issues.
February 21, at am. Lisa says:. Mick says:. If you have one or more operating systems installed on your computer, try extracting the disc via them. This required the removal of the drive, bent it back, reinstalled and its worked great ever since.
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