Questions tagged [optical-drive]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to upgrade HDD to SSD and replace the optical drive with HDD?

I am trying to understand the process of switching out my HDD for an SSD and then replacing my optical drive with the same HDD just removed in a late 2011 Macbook Pro 15.4". Is there any benefit to ...
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Any suggestions to get an Audio CD to load

I just purchased four albums with a total of 6 CDs. Four of the CDs work just fine. Two of them will not load on both of my laptops. When I push them into the CD slot, I hear the drive spin up and ...
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How to fix drag&drop copy onto optical media

So I got a DVD-RAM and a BD-RE both formatted with UDF, packet-writeable (I think packet writing is the wrong descriptor here as a DVD-RAM is randomly addressable but it's pretty close). At least the ...
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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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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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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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Disable Trash on a specific drive

Is there a possibility of disabling the trash-bin for a drive and deleting files instantly? I'm using DVD-RAM as a backup solution and trashing files is producing a lot of additional, unnecessary ...
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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 ...
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Is it a good idea to seal off the optical drive bay after installing a second HDD?

When installing a HDD instead of the SuperDrive: Does the bracket, which holds the HDD, seal off the optical drive slot in the unibody? If not, it seems that debris and dust could get in. (I guess ...
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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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How do I remove a stuck Mini CD from the SuperDrive on a Macbook Pro?

I have a 2010 13" MacBook Pro that someone inserted one of those Mini CD type discs in to. The SuperDrive happily ingested the media but now refuses to spit it out. It does not show up as a mounted ...
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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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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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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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Can I install an IDE (PATA) optical drive in a 2009 Mac Pro?

The 2009 Mac Pro uses SATA for its optical drive bays. I have an older IDE (PATA) DVD burner I'd like to use with it. I know there are IDE-SATA adapters, but they take up some space, and the fit ...
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MacBook Pro 4.1 not responsive?

I have an old MacBook Pro lying around that a friend left with me. I believe it is the 4.1 model, it should be the last one before the Unibody models came out (can't access About This Mac and the ...
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How to install an Operating System after replacing optical Drive by a second HDD on MacBook white late 2009?

I want to improve the performance of my MacBook white by donating it a Solid State Drive. Because the prices are too high and I don't want to get stuck in space shortage, I thought of replacing the ...
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MacBook Pro CD burning is not permanent

I am trying to burn a bootable CD to update my harddisk firmware. This is what I have tried: Using Disk Utility: pressing burn, selecting the bootable image, speed = maximum possible (24x), verify ...
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Macbook Pro Superdrive Only Works With DVD-ROM

I have a 2007 Macbook Pro with a Superdrive. However, whenever I insert anything other than a DVD-ROM, it waits a moment and then ejects it. It should be able to read and write DVD-R, -RW, etc. - ...
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My Mac Mini doesn't wants CD

I had a Mac mini. Then the HD broke. So I took an HD from an old Windows notebook. I moved this HD from the Windows notebook to the Mac mini. Now Mac mini correctly starts with Windows XP (what a mess)...
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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 optibay,...
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I replaced my Superdrive with a second hard drive, and now I've got spin-up/down issues

I've purchased a bracket to replace the superdrive in my 2009 Unibody MBP, the kind with the latch that pops open rather than the entirely screwed down bottom panel. Now that I've put in my second ...
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Making Apple USB SuperDrive work with other Apple Hardware

At the time it shipped, the System Requirements for the Apple USB SuperDrive said it worked with precisely three models of computer: MacBook Pro with Retina display MacBook Air computer Mac mini ...
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Some information about an extra SSD drive in MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (6,2; mid 2010; 4GB DDR3, 2,66 i7) And for a while now, I've been thinking about building in a SSD in my Mac. My first plan was to switch my 512GB drive with a 512GB SSD, but ...
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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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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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Install Windows 7 on MacBook Pro via USB?

I've read many posts here and on other forums about installing Windows 7 from a USB stick, and I really don't want to start messing about with the VM Ware Fusion or Parallels options. Last resort ...
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Can I install 10.6 on a macbook 4,1 using a USB optical drive

The superdrive in my late 2008 4,1 macbook has passed on but I need to upgrade the HDD with a larger one meaning a reinstall of 10.6 snow leopard. Can I use an external optical drive to do this on ...
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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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Does a Macbook Pro have 1 or 2 Hard Disk Controllers?

If SATA channel 1 (used by the hard drive) is damaged, could it be that SATA channel 2 (used by the SuperDrive) is fine? I would like to know if I can use a hard drive on the SuperDrive channel even ...
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I am no longer able to burn discs using my MacBook's SuperDrive. How can I fix it?

About a year ago, the SuperDrive in my 2010 MacBook appeared to stop working. When I insert a blank CD or DVD, the disc does not show up in the Finder. The drive appears in Disk Utility, and I am able ...
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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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Do external DVD drives other than a SuperDrive work with the MacBook Air?

I need to access a DVD using my MacBook Air, and am planning to buy an external drive. I'd prefer going for an option cheaper than the SuperDrive. However it looks like the SuperDrive doesn't work ...
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CD digital audio ripping tool for OS X that has accurate extraction, error detection, and verbose reporting?

I'm almost ready to say I have found a good OS X replacement for every piece of software I use on Windows (excluding some Windows development tools), but there's still this gap to fill: For CD ...
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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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Where can I purchase a replacement screw for my MacBook Pro SuperDrive?

While replacing the logic board on my MacBook Pro (15" 2.4 GHz) and I stripped one of the 3.3mm 00 Phillips screws for the SuperDrive. I have found only one source online that had replacements in ...
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Why does stock Mac OS X allow me to rip CDs but not DVDs?

When I insert a music CD into my iMac, iTunes opens and gives me the option to "rip" (i.e. import the content and save as files) the tracks using any of these encoders: AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, ...
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How to eject minidisc from MBP

Friends, I've by mistake inserted minidisc in MacBookPro and it seems like it is stuck. What we've already tried: shaking device, hoping the gravity will solve the problem ejecting programmatically. ...
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iMac Superdrive Replacement

I have a late 2009 iMac 24 (9,1) Basically, my superdrive is either dead, or dieing. I put a disc in it recently, and it failed to do anything other than make odd noises then eject it. Then on ...
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Logitech webcam C615 & Mac Mini

I have a Logitech webcam C615 that I'm trying to hook up with my Mac mini (2011). This may sound silly, but is there a way I can install the software without having an external CD drive? I had no idea ...
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MacBook Pro SuperDrive reads CDs/Media DVDs but not Data DVDs

I have a MacBook Pro (Mid-2009) with a SuperDrive that reads CDs, movies DVDs but not data DVDs. Not sure what to do. The data DVDs work well on other MacBook Pros though, so i'm guessing it might be ...
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Can a Mac Mini use a MacBook Air CD SuperDrive?

Will a MacBook Air SuperDrive work with a new Mac mini? The Apple website says it will work with Mac Mini on Snow Leopard server. No mention of New mac mini and OSX Lion.