Diagnosing and Solving Disk Ejection Errors in Mac

Last updated: August 15, 2023 Reading time: 2 minutes
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Diagnosing And Solving Disk Ejection Errors In Mac

Is your Mac ejecting disks for seemingly no reason? A lot of Mac users have experienced this problem. When they insert a CD or DVD into their Mac, the drive keeps ejecting it. Despite the disk ejection error, it’s not the end of the world for your Mac. There is still one possible fix that you can try. This error is quite severe, but you may still be able to revive your Mac.

First, do a simple diagnosis procedure to see how serious the problem is. Before inserting a disk, check it first for scratches or dust. Ensure it is clean; sometimes, the problem lies in your disk, not your drive. Once you’re sure of the quality and cleanliness of your disk, insert it into the drive.

Check if the drive reads the disc; you will know by the sound that it makes. Then observe how many seconds it takes for the driver to eject the disc. If it takes more than 10 seconds or up to 30 seconds before ejecting, then this means all hope is not yet lost, and your drive may still be salvageable.

Get another clean disk and try inserting it into the drive. Observe if there is a difference in how the drive reacts to the new disk. If the same thing happens, the drive is the problem.

Next, look for a CD/DVD drive cleaner. This is relatively easy to find in electronics stores and is pretty cheap. Usually, the problem is caused by some dirt and dust on the laser that reads the disc. The CD/DVD drive cleaner also comes in disc form. All you have to do is insert it into your drive.

Don’t worry if it is also ejected during the first try. Keep inserting it until it is accepted, and let it run its cleaning process. Once you’re done, test your drive to see if it still ejects different kinds of discs.

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Peter Buttler an Infosec Journalist and Tech Reporter, Member of IDG Network. In 2011, he completed Masters in Cybersecurity and technology. He worked for leading security and tech giants as Staff Writer. Currently, he contributes to a number of online publications, including The Next Web, CSO Online, Infosecurity Mag, SC Magazine, Tripwire, GlobalSign CSO Australia, etc. His favorite areas Online Privacy, AI, IoT, VR, Blockchain, Big Data, ML, Fintech, etc. You can follow him on twitter.

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