Questions tagged [optical-drive]

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

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Can't erase SSD on main bay

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2011. I've installed a SSD on the main bay, removed the optical drive and installed a caddy with the a regular HDD on it. The OS was installed on the SSD. This setup works ...
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Force CD ejection from SuperDrive

My SuperDrive, USB connected to a 2012 Mac Mini with latest El Capitan OS X, has been working just fine until I tried to rip a purchased CD from a small singer songwriter. It hung up on the last cut ...
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Superdrive doesn't accept disks any more

I have two Superdrives. Since the upgrade to 10.11 (it might just coincide) they don't accept disks any more. I tried rebooting, sending eject commands to both drives etc. They appear as "Unsupported"...
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Swapping internal hard drives

I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro into which I had installed an OWC data doubler SSD (removing the optical drive). I originally placed the SSD in the original HDD bay and moved the HDD to the data ...
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Snow Leopard OS X Partition (El Capitan)

I have a couple things I'm trying to do that I can't find a solution for. The end goal is to be able to run DVD Studio Pro 4 on my Mac which has El Capitan installed. The software is pretty old but I ...
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Failing Superdrive(?) and Problems with Bootcamp

I'm running a 27" iMac from 2010, and I just recently installed Mountain Lion (10.8.5). On Snow Leopard, I had a Windows 7 partition that I had installed from a burned DVD, and everything was working ...
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External DVD reader suddenly not working anymore

I have a Iomega SuperSlim USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive that I used without any issue on my Macbook Air. Now all of a sudden it doesn't work anymore. The DVD spins, a "Audio CD" item ...
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Apple Hardware Accessories or third-party? [closed]

I am running MacBook Air 13" I need wireless keyboard, which I am going to use daily. Once in a while, I need to check some CDs or DVDs - mostly I take backup of photos shoot with camera and phone on ...
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DVD Player error 47

I am unable to eject a disk from Apple DVD player. It shows "Error ~47" when I click on Eject button. Changed some DVD Player settings, such as cleared "Start playing disk" so that no files would be ...
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Can't open VCD Video on iMac (OX 10.10.4)

Soooo, we have a couple educational VCDs from Taiwan. Upon insertion, they mount as 2 volumes, Audio CD and VIDEODISC. A quick Google said to browse to VIDEODISC/MPEGAV and play the DAT files there, ...
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MacBook dual drive is killing hard disks

Towards the end of last year I decided to remove the CD drive on my late-2007 MacBook and replace it with a 2nd hard drive (using an aftermarket 'caddy'). Several months in, my 1 TB WD Blue (2nd) ...
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How do I share an optical drive with Windows?

I need to install something from a CD on my PC, but it doesn't have an optical drive. I have an optical drive on my Mac. I have enabled "DVD or CD Sharing" from System Preferences:Sharing. However, ...
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Force eject a CD from a broken iMac SuperDrive (hardware issue)

Today, I inserted a CD into my 2007 iMac desktop, but when I tried to eject the CD, the optical drive made some odd whirring noises, and nothing was ejected. After further research, I tried every kind ...
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Replace an iMac superdrive with one pulled from a Macbook Pro?

I have an old Mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro (unibody) that I'm not using anymore. I've already pulled the superdrive out of it. I also have a 2009 27" iMac that I am using. The superdrive on it is no ...
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How to mount cd in single user mode?

I don't see it listed under /dev. dmesg doesn't help. Apple diagnostics is missing from my computer and I believe there may be an issue with the hard drive so I was hoping to restore it from the ...
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Why does my hard disk (in MBP optical caddy) keep unmounting when writing?

I replaced the optical drive in a 15" Macbook Pro (late 2011) with a new 2TB Samsung HDD in a caddy tray. It formatted fine and Disk Utility says it's OK. The problem occurs when I try to copy a ...
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Mac mini (Late 2009) + Yosemite: cannot read CDs/DVDs

Hardware: Mac mini (Late 2009) OS: Yosemite 10.10.2 Problem: cannot read CDs/DVDs, either by internal drive or external drive. ... When you insert any type of CD or DVD, ISO, UDF, HFS, original ...
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Dual hard drive setup in early 2011 MacBook Pro 17" (replacing optical drive with HDD)

I have an early-2011 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.10.2 (also Windows 7 Professional on a Boot Camp partition), and recently upgraded my hard drive to a 500GB SSD (Crucial MX100). The speed is amazing, ...
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Can't burn newly created playlist to CD with iTunes 12.1

I just want to burn some music for my Mom to a CD-R. I've done this multiple times. If I check MP3 CD box, I receive message stating all music is not MP3, and it won't allow. If I check other option, ...
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Do I need to get separate SATA cables to upgrade my SSD to another SSD, and my optical drive to an HDD?

I have a 13" mid 2012 MacBook Pro, and I want to upgrade the storage capabilities. Specifically, I want to replace my 125 GB SSD with a 250 GB SSD, and my optical drive with a 1 TB HDD. The SSD ...
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Icon for CD drive disappears and reappears every few seconds

In one of our company MacBooks (MacBook7,1), the CD drive acts weirdly - any time a CD is inserted, the icon will appear for a few seconds in the desktop and finder, then disappear for another few ...
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Can I take the optical drive out of my MacBook Pro?

I'm proud to say that I'm the happy owner of an almost antique 2009 MacBook Pro. I've had this 15-inch MacBook Pro for quite a while now and I'm not planning on changing it (have you seen the price of ...
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Do SuperDrives work with IBM computers?

Do Apple USB SuperDrives work with IBM compatible computers? If not, are there any advantages for buying a SuperDrive compared to a generic USB DVD drive?
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Going in for an apple repair, do I need to remove my second hard drive for the superdrive?

The right fan on my mac stopped working, I have scheduled an appointment at the mac store genius bar (its still in warranty). I have installed a second hard drive in place of the super drive, and ...
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How can I erase hard disk if SuperDrive is broken (OS 10.6.8)?

I have an old MacBook running OS 10.6.8 which I want to recycle, but its internal SuperDrive doesn't work, so I can't use the install disk to do it. I tried plugging in Apple's external USB ...
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Will superdrive work on Macbook Air with Ubuntu?

I have a Macbook Air on which I am considering installing Ubuntu 14. I bought the Mac mainly because of the great hardware. I got a live copy of Ubuntu working from a USB stick and I am now just ...
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Remove SD card from iMac CD drive

I stupidly inserted my SD card today into the CD drive of my iMac. I didn't see where I was putting it in. I can't even feel the SD card by using a piece of paper in the drive. How do I get the SD ...
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Macbook 5,2 (Mid-2009) optical bay hard drive enclosure

I was wondering what about my Mid-2009 Macbook makes optical hard drive enclosures like this one incompatible with the enclosure. And if there is another way that could get a second drive in there.
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Mac Pro hangs at startup showing white screen with spinning pie wheel

MacPro 1,1; lion? startup hard drive failed (with loud buzzing). Removed bad drive, installed replacement, inserted Lion USB drive, verified new drive using the Lion usb drive, started installation ...
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Macbook pro ejects every CD/DVD just after a few seconds

This problem happened suddenly on my MacBook pro: when I insert a CD/DVD, it tries to read it for a few seconds (the motor of the DVD drive is working) and then it stops, and ejects the DVD. I have ...
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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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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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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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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 CDs....
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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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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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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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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 PC ...
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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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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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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 ...