Data retrieval device that used optical discs such as CDs/DVDs/Minidiscs as their storage medium.

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How to install Windows 7 Bootcamp using iso file (without USB/DVD)?

I have a MacBook Pro and I need to install Windows 7 besides Mac OS X so I can play games on it. The problem is that I don't have a USB stick or DVD to copy the Win7 iso image like Bootcamp requires. ...
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MacBook Pro won't find network boot disk

My optical drive doesn't work on my MacBook Pro, and my Internet connection is too slow to use the recovery partition to download Lion. I have a disk and a Windows PC I can use on the same network. I ...
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Boot iMac G5 17 iSight from external USB optical drive?

Is it possible to boot iMac from external USB CD-ROM?
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Not seeing my HD in the disk utility

I tried to start up my computer and got a flashing file with a question mark. So I held down the ⌥-key on boot and brought it into recovery-mode. After going through the different options I went to ...
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How can I enable DVD or CD Sharing with the Firewall on?

I'm trying to enable "DVD or CD Sharing" in the System Preferences. When I enable it, it says that the Firewall is blocking it. If I go into the Security > Firewall settings, I see that the first item ...
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Can you change the volume name when creating a disk image from an optical disc in disk utility?

I know how to create a disk image from an optical disc using Disk Utility. The problem is that I need to change the volume name for the resulting disk image.
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Can't eject disk after creating image

I am running the latest software. This is a fresh install of Mac OS X 10.8.* latest. I am on a Macbook6,1. I am using my internal optical drive installed in a external enclosure(from OWC) after ...
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Size of my Cd-Rom (SATA)

I have a macbookPro 15'' mid 2009 and I want know which size is my cd-rom (SATA)because I have to buy this "component" where can I find this information ? My Cd-Rom is 9,5mm - SATA/SATA ?
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Windows not booting off external disc drive

I'm trying to install windows xp on Lion. This is a little bit complicated, but I was using this tutorial. I got to step 6, which is booting from the Windows XP disc. But it says "no bootable medium ...
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Why my iBook G4 superdrive spits out the Mac OS X Leopard Install Disk?

The SuperDrive of my late 2005 iBook G4 died, so I installed a new one. But now the new drive does not mount the Leopard Install Disk. But it mounts any other DVDs/CDs (music, movies). The disk mounts ...
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Can I use an external enclosure for an iMac superdrive?

I have replaced my imac (27", late 2009) superdrive by a SSD. I would like to put my superdrive in an external enclosure. There is a lot of such enclosures around ...
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Cloning a half-full 500 GB drive to a 256 GB SSD drive

Before I buy a new SSD, I wanted to see if the following is possible: I have a 500 GB HD in my MacBook Pro that is using only 240 gigs. Can I clone this to a 256 GB SSD drive? (My goal is to replace ...
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Unable to insert disk into optical drive (MacBook early 2009 model)

I have a MacBook (early 2009 model), and yesterday the SuperDrive stopped working. On attempting to push a DVD into it, it is physically stiff and doesn't want to go in, with a lot of pushing it goes ...
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Fast CD ripping on old MacBook Pro, slow ripping on i5 PC?

I'm ripping my entire music collection into ALAC, as it's the best solution for quality and compatibility across all devices in our household. In order to speed the ripping process up, I have iTunes ...
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Mount CD disk on mac as if it was mounted on windows

Okay, the title is not really clear enough, but I can't think how to phrase it better. So, the problem is, I have starcraft (1 and Brood Wars) CD that I'd like to play on mac 10.8 using Wine. ...
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I want to mount a virtual CD-RW drive

I want to export (burn to CD) some media I own and have in iTunes. However, I do not want to burn it to a physical CD. I want to instead burn it to a virtual CD. A virtual CD is something that appears ...
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Why does my Xserve simply eject Linux install CDs instead of reading / booting from them?

I have an Xserve G4, dual 1.33 GHz processors, 2 GB of RAM, 1 CD-ROM drive, 2 internal Hard Drives (read: Nowhere really to back them up to). I also have 1 EXTERNAL Hard Drive, Firewire, but just like ...
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Should I use raid 0 with my optibay drive?

I installed a 120gb SSD today. My optibay currently holds my MBP stock drive (5400 RPM HD 320GB). Since they have different memory sizes, should I put them in raid 0? The only reason why I want raid 0 ...
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Is installing a HDD instead of SuperDrive safe?

It's pretty popular to replace ones optical drive* on the MacBook Pro with a HDD, but how serious are the risks? *In most cases, you'd do this when installing a third-party SSD, but I'd like to leave ...
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Burning Folder to DVD

I've only been a mac user for a little while so I'm still getting used to OSX so bear with me ... I find some things OSX does to be inexplicable frankly. I'm a software engineer and very technical ...
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Why is my Mac Mini unable to burn CD's using Finder? I'm getting error 0x80020063

I'm having trouble burning some files to CD's using the finder. Every time I attempt to do so, disc verification hangs at 0%, followed by a bad media error (0x80020063). I've already attempted to use ...
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Is there any reason not to enable Error Correction in iTunes?

When importing CDs in iTunes you have the option to enable error correction. With the exception of the obvious potential for slower import speeds... is there any reason not to have this enabled?
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What other “Superdrives” are able to replace the UJ-868?

I suspect my MacBook Pro's Superdrive is faulty. It refuses to burn Sony DVD+R discs. I'm now looking at replacing the drive, but I see there are many "Superdrives". I have a Matshita DVD-R UJ-868, ...
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SuperDrive - one in five dvds won't mount

I recently turned my 2009 mac mini into a mediacenter. It appears that about one in five of my dvds will not even mount. I suppose this has to do with some copy protection. Same goes for my music ...
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USB SuperDrive Issue

How can I get the USB Super Drive model A1379 to work with my Mac Pro Quad Core computer? I rebooted my computer, searched for drives - could not locate it on the Apple computer. Apple support ...
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Will iMac G5 recognize external cd/dvd rom?

The SuperDrive on my G5 used to read disks without problems, but now it thinks all the disks I insert are empty. Now, I want to install different OS on it, and as I've read it can't be done with the ...
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How can I install Windows 7 on a Retina MBP with no optical drive?

I'd like to install Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. However, the only distribution of Windows I'm aware of is on a physical disk, like this one here sold on Amazon. My MBP doesn't have an ...
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Would Apple (UK) change a part with another for you?

I was just wondering if Apple would swap my Optical Drive on my MacBook Pro for an SSD, and how much it would cost, as I would rather they do it and I keep my warranty then doing it myself and losing ...
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When opening my MacBook Pro, the Superdrive makes noise

I have a MacBook Pro mid-2012 and I love the easy way of putting it to sleep when closing the laptop. I have never used the SuperDrive. The problem is that after several months of using it and ...
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How can I play “The Sims” without an optical drive?

I'm trying to play “The Sims 3” on my MacBook Retina which doesn't have an optical drive. From what I understand, my options are: Buy/Borrow an external optical drive Use the Bonjour service on a ...
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Mac Pro 10.7 - aftermarket dvd drive hangs on restart

Drive works fine, but on restart or after a required restart from app installation - the OS looks for CD in drive. Mac will not get to the login screen. It hangs and i can see a green light on dvd ...
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Can the 2009 Mac mini work with its optical drive removed?

I wonder if the Mac mini 2009 needs the optical drive for work, or if I can just remove it? I don't need it at all and have an external drive just in case. I will replace the HDD with an SSD and want ...
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How do I install software from a CD or DVD shared from a Windows 7 PC?

I have a MacBook Air and I'd like to install CD- and DVD-based software on it without having to purchase an external CD/DVD drive. I stumbled upon the CD & DVD sharing feature OS X supports but ...
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Is it possible to mount a DVD iso to look like it's a DVD drive?

I have an old game DVD (Chessmaster 9000) that I bought legit (I swear), and I would like to play it on my Mac Air, which has no optical drive. With another game (Civ V) I've had success data-dumping ...
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Plays in a MacBook Air Superdrive but not in a MacBook Pro Matshita DVD-R

I tried to play a DVD that I created on a MacPro in my MacBook Pro - 15-inch, Mid 2010 (The Matshita DVD-R listed below). I wanted to preserve this and upgrade it to a better DVD but my MacBook Pro ...
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Burning disks fails with error 0x80020022 on MacbookPro 2012

My Macbook Pro is about 22 weeks old and I keep getting this error: 0x80020022 (communication with drive failed) when trying to burn DVDs or "attempt to burn a disc failed"/unknown error -3 in iTunes. ...
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Replacing optical drive in macbook with SSD: does it matter where the SSD drive is installed?

I've just replaced my MacBook Pro's optical drive with an SSD. I used OWC's Data Doubler kit. I've moved my OS and all my data onto the SSD, and I'm now using it as my boot volume. In other threads, ...
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How to get out a stuck cd out of my mac mini (not the actual model the one from 2010? (slot-in drive)

I tried everything on this page: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=mac/10.4/en/mh1750.html except Open Firmware (Intel macs doesn't support this). Then I tried using the terminal but this ...
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Updating to Snow Leopard through a USB optical drive

My optical drive on my Macbook Pro has gone out. I have a copy of Snow Leopard on a disc, if I borrow a USB optical drive, will I be able to install Snow Leopard and is this a reliable method? Thanks
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windows can't read my HDD installed in my dvd slot on MBP

I've swapped my dvd drive with an HDD drive on my MBP 2008 non-unibody. I can read it from MAC os but not from Windows. I did configure it to be PC compatible... Anyone knows why it's not seen as an ...
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Installing Windows without superdrive or USB

I'm trying to intall Windows 7 on my Mid 2009 Macbook Pro, however I'm running into A LOT of trouble. My superdrive have been broken for years and I can't boot from a bootable USB. (I created one in ...
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external Superdrive from a MBP does not work correctly

I have replaced the Superdrive in my 2012 MBP 13" with a second hard drive. The Superdrive is now in a external USB case. I have no problems by using the drive with data disc, like games or music ...
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Can't start up MacBook Pro from OS X install discs

I wanted to re-install my mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Core i7 2.66 gHz 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM) which is currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8. I inserted the retail Mac OS X 10.6 install disc, ...
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How to force ejection of a DVD

I have a DVD I was trying to rip, and handbrake froze up when scanning it. I tried to eject the DVD by dragging and dropping it to the trash, which trashed the icon, but didn't eject the DVD. I then ...
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DVD mounted but not accessible from Finder

I have burnt a set of data DVDs on my Windows PC. These read fine on the PC, but for some reason OS X misbehaves. I have Hardware Growler installed, so when I insert the disc I get a notification that ...
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MacBook won't read “heavy” discs

My MacBook's drive is typically fully functional (for most discs), but I've recently noticed that it refuses to read discs with a paint coat (such as most commercial software). What could have caused ...
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Creating partition for Diskwarrior

I am fixing my friend's '07 MacBook Pro. The superdrive keeps spitting out discs and the harddrive is corrupt. I want to run Disk Warrior 4.4 but can't because of the Superdrive problem. The ...
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External USB DVD drive + Time Capsule (or AirPort Extreme) =?

As Apple's more recent laptops (and even the iMac now, sadly) are moving away from internal DVD drives, to use CD/DVDs you must buy an external DVD drive, that plugs into a USB port. But if you need ...
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Booting from SSD in optibay (MacBook Pro mid-2010)

I'm considering putting in an SSD for extra space and faster boot times and such in my MacBook Pro Mid-2010. Due to losing the sudden motion sensor if I move the existing mechanical HD to the ...
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What type of bracket to use for HDD/SSD in optical bay? (MCE vs. OWC)

Looking for a bracket/adapter/caddy for installing a HDD/SSD where the MacBook Pro SuperDrive used to be. There are two general types: 1) Minimalist open-type brackets (in the truest sense of the ...