Questions tagged [optical-drive]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
0 answers
28 views

Burn DVD Error 0xE00002CA on 2021 MacBook Pro but not on 2018 MacBook Pro

I have an external DVD burner to burn an iso file to a DVD. I had been using it without problem on my 2018 15" MacBook Pro, but when I tried using it on my new 2021 16" MacBook Pro, almost ...
user avatar
  • 163
0 votes
0 answers
36 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
31 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
27 views

MacBook Pro mid-2012 SuperDrive Disappears

I have a pretty strange issue with my SuperDrive. I have a MacBook Pro mid-2012 non-Retina, with a built-in SuperDrive. The problem I have started roughly 2 years ago, and it's that when I insert ...
user avatar
  • 238
2 votes
2 answers
53 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 21
0 votes
0 answers
23 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
134 views

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. ...
user avatar
  • 157
0 votes
0 answers
349 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
75 views

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, ...
user avatar
  • 71
3 votes
1 answer
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 2,867
0 votes
1 answer
76 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
215 views

(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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
317 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 359
1 vote
1 answer
104 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1,626
2 votes
0 answers
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 195
2 votes
1 answer
65 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 305
0 votes
1 answer
973 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 109
1 vote
1 answer
25 views

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 ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
164 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 109
1 vote
2 answers
70 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 113
0 votes
1 answer
55 views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
62 views

(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?
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
75 views

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....
user avatar
  • 611
0 votes
1 answer
24 views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
952 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1,235
1 vote
0 answers
421 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 249
0 votes
3 answers
2k views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
36 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 273
0 votes
2 answers
348 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 3,355
1 vote
0 answers
92 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
41 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 131
0 votes
0 answers
2k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 374
0 votes
0 answers
117 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 578
1 vote
0 answers
18 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 11
4 votes
1 answer
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 41
6 votes
1 answer
320 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 3,355
1 vote
1 answer
208 views

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 ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
2k views

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....
user avatar
  • 3,355
1 vote
0 answers
884 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 728
2 votes
1 answer
688 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 2,052
10 votes
2 answers
7k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 451
3 votes
1 answer
2k views

How do I stop DVD player from autoplaying?

When I insert a movie DVD into my USB superdrive, the DVD player starts. I want it to stop doing that. I've tried the following to disable this behaviour: System Preferences -> CDs & DVDs -> ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
742 views

How to make bin + cue image of audio CD under macOS [duplicate]

I want to make a bin and cue files of my audio cd. On Windows I use PowerISO but on macOS I don't know how to do it.
user avatar
11 votes
1 answer
1k views

How do I get my Mac to do nothing when I insert a cd?

I recently got an older MacBook Pro that has an optical drive. Every time I insert a CD, iTunes will always respond in some way. I have already tried changing the setting in iTunes > Preferences > ...
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
573 views

Installing windows 7 on Imac

I have a mid-2010 27" iMac with macOS 10.12.5 and an external DVD - USB SuperDrive (the internal DVD drive is broken). I can't install Windows 7 from DVD with Bootcamp. After downloading support ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
161 views

Will an internal optical drive from a non-Apple manufacturer be fully functional in a MBP 13" Mid 2009?

I have had a faulty internal superdrive (Apple calls their optical drives superdrives) for the longest time in my MBP 13" Mid 2009. I want to replace it, but in my area it's pretty hard to come across ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
77 views

15" MacBook Pro Mid 2009 SuperDrive doesn't read burned disks

I have a mid 2009 15" MacBook Pro (5.4), system 10.11.6 and its SuperDrive doesn't read disks that are burnt. Either they are ejected after a while or finder tells me that these are blank disks. ...
user avatar
  • 111
1 vote
1 answer
995 views

SSD for Mac Book Pro 2012 optical disc drive

I'm about to upgrade my MBP mid 2012 with two SSD drives instead of the stock HDD and optical disc drive. I read on different forums that the optical drive link with the motherboard is only SATA 2 and ...
user avatar
  • 113
1 vote
0 answers
787 views

CD won't mount or eject, Disk Utility hangs

Every few days, my system gets into a state where a CD won't mount or eject. When I run Disk Utility, it hangs at "Loading disks". I used diskutil to see that the CD is /dev/disk4. The CD currently ...
user avatar
  • 2,666
0 votes
1 answer
564 views

Automatic DVD to .iso copy after disc insert with two drives

I have a lot of DVDs (Movies) that I want to save as an .iso preferably using dd. To speed up the process I have two drives. I'd like to set up a script (pure bash or bash + AppleScript combination) ...
user avatar
  • 151