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I have a Macbook Pro 15 inch, mid 2010 with High Sierra installed (10.13.6)

Recently I tried to put a DVD into the internal DVD drive, but nothing showed up. It made some weird sounds as if it was trying to get the drive running, but it didn't help. So I tried to eject the DVD, but the eject button didn't work as well. I couldn't eject it from Finder either. I tried restart the computer while holding the eject button, but it didn't work. Then I just dropped to get it out.

But whenever I open my computer, it says the weird sounds as if it is trying to run the DVD. It runs 3 times, and then it stops.

Is there any way to fix this?

  • The words "Then I just dropped to get it out" are unclear. Is the DVD now still inside the drive, or were you able to remove it? – David Dec 27 '18 at 23:53
  • Are you trying to see f you can get the DVD to read or to force eject it? – Allan Dec 27 '18 at 23:56
  • No, it is still inside my computer, and I tried to force eject it. Another thing is that when I open up DVD player it gives me this error: There was an initialization error. A valid DVD drive could not be found. [-70012] – Victor F Dec 27 '18 at 23:58
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    Try Command-E as well. It's also possible you've got two disks jammed in there. I've removed them with careful use of long needle nose pliers and a bit of force. Your other option is to remove the drive, disassemble it and remove the disks. – Allan Dec 28 '18 at 13:21
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Yep. All mechanical drives, (particularly CD/DVD drives and old-fashioned hard drives), have a limited lifespan and wear out. 8 years is pretty good actually. I'd recommend the opposite though — just get yourself a $20 external USB CD/DVD drive, and then (when you're ready for it, replace the internal DVD drive with a secondary SSD (I assume you've already replaced the HDD it came with... right?) You have a RAID in your laptop!

(Not referral links):

https://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-Portable-External-GP65NB60/dp/B00ODDE33U/ https://www.amazon.com/Optical-SuperDrive-Adapter-Unibody-Macbook/dp/B004FM4UGE

The repair is fairly easy to do yourself:
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2010+Optical+Drive+Replacement/3074

  • Where did you see the OP had RAID in his laptop? – Allan Dec 28 '18 at 13:20
  • Thank you for your very great answers, but a long time I found the DVD sticking a little bit out, and then I pulled it out of the drive :) – Victor F Jan 25 at 23:35
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Unfortunately it sounds like your optical drive bit the dust.

The fact that it tries to read a presumably good DVD and can't and you get an error opening DVD Player AND can't get the disc out of the drive speaks to likely needing a new drive.

You will need to take it in for repair which will likely mean a replacement optical drive.

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