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    Apr 01, 2010
    Angry Optical drive won't read certain cd's and dvd's
    Macbook Pro 15", 2.53GHZ, MAT****A DVD-R UJ-868:

    Hi there, I love my MacBook Pro, but I've been having the most annoying time ever lately as it won't read copied/backup cd's and dvd's. Also, I have a load of images saved on a dvd disc, when I insert it my drive reads it and it shows on my desktop, when I open it in finder it shows absolutely nothing on there and I know it has all the images on there coz I checked them in a windows PC??? Please help ANYONE!

    Secondly, I'm starting to think my optical drive might be screwed? Can anyone recommend a better and more importantly RELIABLE new drive I can purchase to replace my current mat****a drive if I can't fix the above problem??

    Please help anyone??

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    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    You have hit the nail with the failed optical drive. For starters try one of the commercially available cleaning discs and see if that improves things, otherwise sounds like a new drive coming up. All laptop drives, being slot operated, are a lot less reliable than say a desktop tray drive and from there it is a matter of luck, but Pioneer do have a good name.

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    Apr 01, 2010
    Thanks for the advice. It's such a pitty though, coz everything else is really great, but it sort of makes it all pointless when it's the most simple things like reading a cd/dvd and burning which you can't do!! I've heard that using cd cleaners may damage your drive? But if it's not working in the first place I guess it can't do any harm as I'm probably going to have to replace it anyway.

    And pioneer you say? Thanks I'll take a look. I don't want anything fancy at all, just something that actually works and that I can rely on.


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