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    Oct 14, 2012
    imac SuperDrive Help
    Ok im a newbie so forgive me. I have a imac running osx version 10.75
    Bought new in 2009with dual intel process. The problem i am having is with the superdrive.
    It will read most cd/dvd's but one of them it will just spit it back out. I originally thought it was a problem with the disc, but it reads just fine on other imacs and macbooks. As well as other windows machines. The disc itself is recorded in a .VOB format, inside a VIDEO_TS folder. I thought the problem was the file extension, so i downloaded VLC player and installed. Still no change. I insert the disc and after 5-10 seconds the disc ejects
    Can anybody help????

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Be aware that iMacs, together with MacBooks and Minis, use a slot loading optical drive and these do have a high failure rate. With new iMac purchased a cheap Samsung optical drive and connect by USB and hoping this will save the internal optical drive.

    The very devil taking apart later model iMacs.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Adric's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 28, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    27" iMac (Mid 2011), 3.4GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 2GB Video Card, 2TB HDD
    It could also be a dirty laser lens. You can buy laser lens cleaners from most any electronics store. They look like CD's with brushes on the bottom and they typically cost about $10.

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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Lens cleaners typically do not work. It's best to buy a can of compressed air and blow several short blasts into the drive slot. That will clean a dirty lens just as well and won't damage it as some lens cleaners do.

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    Steve Austin's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 05, 2010
    London U.K.
    Mid 2010 27" 2.93GHz Intel Quad Core i7 iMac 12Gb Ram OS X 10.8.5 / 10.10
    When the superdrive failed on my old 2007 24"er I just bought an external drive (Samsung) and all was well with the world again.
    But, you will need 2 usb ports (one to power it and one for data transfer) so get a powered usb hub while your at it (if your going down that route that is).
    Steve Austin.
    A man barely alive.
    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.
    We have the technology.

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