How to eject a CD or DVD from a Mac
Ejecting a disk on a Mac could be a vital step to avoid the loss of knowledge. Here’s why: to hurry the perceived operation of writing data to a drive, macOS sometimes writes data to a short-lived memory location rather than to a disk. If you unplug a drive before the data is written, it might be lost.
Mac offers a number of options for ejecting a CD or DVD:
- Any external volume connected to your Mac will appear on your desktop. Right-click the volume and choose “Name of volume”
- Press and hold the F12 key on any keyboard, including those originally designed for use with Windows PC, until the CD or DVD is ejected from the drive. It may take a few seconds.
- Identify the CD or DVD desktop icon. Tap and hold the icon and drag it to the trash. You will realize that the trash icon changes to the Eject symbol as the CD or DVD icon is placed over the trash.
- One of fastest ways to eject a CD or DVD is by right-clicking on its desktop icon and selecting Eject from the pop-up menu.
- A few applications, including the Disk Utility, have a command eject in the menu or toolbar. Open the application and then use the eject command to discard a CD or DVD.
- Use Eject menu applet in the Mac menu bar. You can add a menu bar item to eject a CD or DVD if you don’t see one.