How to Eject CD/DVD When Files In Use

Problem

There comes a time when you have a CD/DVD drive with no eject button nor emergency pinhole to poke (think Mac Mini).

And you are in Windows and you keep right click on the drive and try to eject via windows explorer.  However, it keeps telling you that files are in use and you must close the programs using the files first.

Solution

  1. Start –> Computer –> Right Click –> Manage to launch Computer Management
  2. Under Computer Management (Local), expand Storage, and click Disk Management
  3. In the center panel bottom section, look for your CD-ROM drive, right click and select Eject.
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