Windows – How to eject a CD if Windows won’t eject it

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Right now I have a DVD in my laptop drive and the computer is hard at work trying to pry some readable bits from it. Judging by the sound of it, it is utterly failing.

But while I realize the futility of this current endeavor, my computer does not an will happily continue to inspect the disk for the rest of the week.

Now I would like to lift this burden from his metaphorical shoulders by just ejecting the DVD. However, the laptop sports a flashy slot-in DVD drive which sadly lacks an eject button. I know I could eject the DVD using the explorer but selecting the DVD in explorer will crash explorer. I also have a keyboard button that is supposed to eject disks, but right now it is not accomplishing anything.

So, is there any way of relieving the poor laptop of this thankless task or is my only option a restart?

Edit: Just waiting solved the issue. After about 20 minutes of dedicated concentration, the laptop finally gave up on the disk and disgustedly spat it out.

Best Answer

Solution for Linux or Mac OS X users:

Go to a terminal and execute:

drutil tray open
drutil tray eject

This seems to just work in a lot of cases.

Easy Attempt for Windows users:

I also have a keyboard button that is supposed to eject disks,
but right now it is not accomplishing anything.

  • Put the laptop to sleep.
  • Wait for the disc to stop rotating.
  • Wake the laptop up.
  • The EJECT key should now work.

This suggestion came from: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060814211608242

It could be possible that the button only works in OS X though.

Harder Attempt for Windows users:

  • Put the laptop to sleep.
  • Use something that can't make scratches and try to lift the CD up through the hole.
  • Now try to pull the CD out of it.

Maybe it's just better to reboot, and if that doesn't help you will need support or you could try to repair it.