Questions tagged [optical-drive]

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

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How do I enable verbose logging for the OSX Music app?

I've been importing CDs using Music on OSX (Catalina). Some of them refuse to import. I'd like to see what's happening in the log files, but I can't work out which file Music uses or how to increase ...
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MacOS Sonoma says no disk burner found

LG "Slim Portable DVD Writer" Model GP55EX70 plugged in with blank CD.  Tried to burn a playlist to CD and MacOS said "No supported Disk burners found" https://www.devicemag.com/lg-...
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Unable to read DVDs (.VRO files) with Apple USB SuperDrive

I'm attempting to play some DVDs using an Apple USB SuperDrive and HandBrake. The DVDs are burned (non-original) containing various Japanese language children's shows. Here is some information about ...
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Can't mount old CD-ROM - ISO-13346 UDF format

I have an old CD-ROM I'm trying to read using my external USB drive. After some time spinning, it mounts with a README.TXT file containing the text: This disc contains a "UDF" file system ...
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Opening drawer of empty optical drive

Is there a command to tell an external optical drive to open that still works when there's no disk in it? It has a button on the drawer, but it's vary tiny, and it requires a push in the opposite ...
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Does Apple SuperDrive (A1379) have a manual eject?

I have a stuck DVD in my 'ol [EDIT: external] superdrive, and all the viddys show people taking them apart! I expected to see a small hole in the dust curtain indicating were I can use a paperclip to ...
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What program is reading my CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive in my external drive?

I have two external USB optical drives, both burners, one that will work with DVDs and CDs, the other that will also handle BDs (Blu-ray Discs). I use these sometimes with MakeMKV. Recently I had an ...
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How to make an ISO image of only the Windows (iso9660) track of a hybrid CD-ROM?

I have an old hybrid CD-ROM made of two track : on Windows only the ISO9960 track is visible and mounted, and on macOS only the HFS track is visible and mounted. This is how the CD appears in the ...
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Access Remote Disc across a WAN or two LANs separated by VPN

We've used Remote Disc to access a DVD reader attached to one computer on a LAN before. Now that we're all 'work from home', we've got a VPN setup that creates peer-to-peer connections between all of ...
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Open Superdrive mini-menu - where's this from?

Mac Pro 5,1 with built-in Superdrive. macOS Mojave. After several reboots where I was changing 'Displays have separate Spaces' - ie nothing at all relevant to the Superdrive - this extra menu item ...
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My internal SuperDrive gets power, but won't show up in macOS

I have a 2010 white MacBook with 10.13.6 High Sierra installed, and my internal SuperDrive isn't detected. It gets power and spins up when I put a DVD in it, but the drive doesn't show up. The eject ...
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Encountering error attempting to duplicate a disc on Mac using Disk Utility and "Burn Disc" tool: "The disc inserted does not have enough free space"

I have a Mac/PC game with 4 discs. The first disc of the four was mishandled and became very scratched. I resolved to make a copy of it as a backup. I first opened up Disk Utility and made a CDR file ...
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Macbook Pro Touchbar and USB SuperDrive, shows that the disc is empty but it has a recorded video

I am using a 2017 Macbook Pro laptop (with touchbar), using High Sierra 10.13.6. I have several old discs with videos taken from many years ago (from around 1995!) and we can play these on a DVD ...
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Can I link two Macbooks to use DVD authoring software on one and the Superdrive to burn it on the other?

My Macbook Pro 2017 (running Mojave) has no DVD drive, of course; but my Macbook early 2009 Superdrive (running El Capitan) can burn them, as well as my iMac 2011 (running High Sierra). Can I connect ...
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Backup/restore to multiple removable volumes

I remember using old DOS software to backup an entire hard drive to a set of floppy disks - yes that long ago! With the backup target folder identified it would come up with a number of floppy disks ...
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burning a multi-session cd into iso

I have a multi-session (osx/windows) cd that I'd like to create an iso from. Is there a way to create a single iso file with all the sessions included in it? Output from diskutil list disk2 is below. ...
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iMac won't read DVD-R and DVD+R

I have a couple of TDK DVD-R and Maxell DVD+R that I have used to store photographs on. The DVDs are about 12 to 13 years old, but I have tried reading a few on a Windows PC and so far all could be ...
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MacBook 7,1 internal optical drive not doing anything

I have a MacBook 7,1 (mid 2010) and it has an internal optical drive. However, when I try to put a CD into it, I can just move it around and the drive does not do anything. It doesn't block the CD, ...
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How can I mount a hybrid CD in macOS

I have a (very old) CD which is supposed to be mountable both on the Mac and Windows. Using Virtual Box, I can see the Windows partition, but on macOS I can’t. Disk Utility sort of sees it, but the ...
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Finder not showing DVD/CD drive even when it is checked in the Preferences

I am playing a DVD so it's definitely "understood" by macOS to be present. But not by Finder ? I tried unchecking and re-checking the CDs, DVDs and iPods: no change. I have also rebooted ...
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(MacBook Late 2009) Bootcamp/Win 7: No device drivers were found

Recently I've been trying to install Windows 7 on my MacBook (Late 2009, macOS El Capitan, 10.11) using BootCamp. However, when I'm about to install windows 7 it shows an error: "No device drivers ...
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How to mount the pc/iso partition of an iso file when it also contains an HFS partition?

I have a disc image with the .iso file extension. Mounting this brings up contents that look much like I would expect from something 20 years ago on a pre-OSX Mac. When I do a mount command in ...
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Open CD/DVD tray when connected via remote-desktop and no eject key?

I am connected to my headless (and keyboard less) Mac, which has a cd / dvd drive, via Remote Desktop. If there is no disk in the drive, it doesn’t show up in Finder. How can I open the CD/DVD TRAY ...
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New MacBook with USB-C does not recognize an older DVD drive via USB to USB-C adapter

I just got a new MacBook and a QGeeM adapter between USB and USB-C. Trying to connect an older Apple DVD drive that has the usual USB connector. The new MacBook doesn't recognize that a device has ...
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I think my drives are in the wrong bays on my iMac

I bought a used 2011 iMac a couple years back. It till had the original HDD so I bought a 250gb SSD to use as the main/boot drive and a 1TB HDD. I brought it to a shop that does work on Macs and they ...
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SuperDrive does not accept or read discs. Tried everything. Are they just horrible quality?

Have an external USB SuperDrive from 2012, most expensive version with DVD writer (says Model: GX40N on the inside). It stopped accepting discs and stopped reading them. I have searched for info and ...
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Accidentially broke a header - but do I really need to worry?

I was upgrading the memory, SSD and optical drive (modded a blu-ray drive with the original upper shell from the SuperDrive) in a MacBook 2010 White Polycarbonate a1342 when I realized that one of the ...
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How to burn multiple copies of a cd

Is there an app or a native way to burn multiple copies of the same CD or DVD on a Mac with OS X in one go? As in, when the first disc is burnt, it pops out and you insert the next disk and it ...
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Connect Mac CD drive to another Mac

Question: Can I take apart a CD drive from an old MacBook Pro and connect it to a newer MacBook Pro that does not have a CD drive? Background: The old MacBook Pro is broken, but the CD drive still ...
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External DVD on Macbook Pro 2018 with multiport adapter

This model/OS does not support connected CD/DVD drives, it can only use remote devices. I need to read and write optical media for medical reasons, so being able to use a directly connected drive is ...
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(How) Can I access a USB-based DVD drive while in recovery mode?

A client has the need to access a USB-based DVD drive while in recovery mode. How does one accomplish this?
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Does SuperDrive read 8GB DVDs?

I would like to read some old 8GB DVDs I burned on Windows years ago. Does Apple SuperDrive read that discs? Reference: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD564LL/A/apple-usb-superdrive https://www....
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Macbook with thunderbolt 3 and disk drive?

I thought I just saw someone with (what I believe to be) a thunderbolt 3 and a disc drive on their MacBook, and I thought there were no more disc drives that were built into MacBooks (that have ...
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Mac Pro not detecting Windows install DVD

I have Mac Pro 1,1 (2006 version) running Lion 10.7.5. Bootcamp on this model officially supports up to Windows 7 x86 though people have reported being able to run Windows 10 x64. I downloaded a ...
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Mac doesn't detect CD-ROM properly

I have a CD-ROM 700 MB, 80 Minute Recordable Disc that I want to burn a video on, and with some help I've found Burn and DVDStyler. However, both do not recognise my CD-R. When I enter the CD-ROM, a ...
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Why can't newer Mac hardware boot DBAN?

I have a DBAN CD )used with an external optical drive) which I have used in the past on multiple old Macs. I tried to use it on a 2018 Macbook Pro and DBAN could not be booted. Specifically, I tried ...
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Is it possible to burn a MacOS application on a disk?

I have made a game in Xcode (Objective-C) and I now have a finished product. I know a few people that are willing to test the game. I thought it might be cool to give the game to them on a disk, like ...
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2012 Macbook Pro won't eject CD

My sister bought an ancient peripheral that only has drivers for Windows. But her Windows box has no CD drive, so I put the CD in my Macbook, made a tarball of it, put in on my web server, and ...
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Slot load drive won't release disc

My 2008 iMac's Superdrive (DVR-K06PB) is not releasing discs. I've opened the drive itself and found the spring loaded lugs on the spindle don't seem to be allowing the disc to release - the ...
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diskutil eject fails when screensaver is active

Have a bunch of DVD drives connected via USB. Have written some bash scripting to interact with these drives and eject the discs when done. Running MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite)....yes I know, need to get ...
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iMac 2008 Flashing Question Mark on Startup (Tried almost everything)

I recently purchased an iMac from a local Goodwill. After talking to Apple support I was able to find out that this is a 2008 all-in-one model. Additionally, I asked for help with the "flashing ...
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SuperDrive not accepting discs after failed FCPX burn

I had a working Apple SuperDrive until about half an hour ago. I was burning a school project to disc from Final Cut Pro X when it suddenly failed and returned an error. The disc showed up as ...
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Burn folders continuously created when a blank CD or DVD is inserted

I have an iMac running 10.13 and it creates burn folders continuously until I eject the disc. If I reset Preferences to ask me what to do when a blank disc is inserted, it creates Finder popups that ...
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If I remove my internal optical drive from my 2012 MacBook pro, will an external superdrive work?

My internal optical drive is not working despite attempts to clean it. I have an external USB Superdrive but it will not work with my MacBook Pro since it has the internal optical drive. If I just ...
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Identify type of CD?

I have a disk with almost no labeling. I can tell by looking that it's a CD and not a DVD. I can tell by looking closer which side is which (mfg. part/batch number) and that it is blank (writing ...
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External DVD Drive won't mount anymore after burning two disks

Here's a short story: I was burning a OS 9 install disk on my Mac Mini because don't judge me. When it was done, the disk seemed fine, but it said the drive was "disconnected" after it finished ...
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Any value to "Remote Disc" on a laptop that has an optical drive? [closed]

According to this article: I just got off the phone with applecare support. It IS an error, the Remote Disc icon is not supposed to be there. It is only meant to be installed on the macbook air....
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How do I access a CD drive on a Linux machine from my Mac?

I used this question: https://superuser.com/questions/316745/how-to-access-a-cd-dvd-drive-over-the-network to install nbd-server on my linux machine and share the CD drive. But installing nbd-client ...
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Why is my wired keyboard's Eject key no longer working after OS upgrade?

Though it sounds like a duplicate of this question, it isn't; the difference is that my eject key works when I connect it to another Mac, so the hardware is good. The situation is that I have a ...
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How to Rescue a Scratched CD/DVD on Mac OSX

I have a scratched DVD and can't copy its content to my hard drive on Mac OSX. When trying to copy, I get error 36: "can't complete the operation because some data can't be read or written" How can I ...
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