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    dauber's Avatar
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    Feb 14, 2008
    MacBook(3,1): C2D 2.2ghz, 4g RAM, 10.7.5; iMac(12,1): 2.5ghz i5, 16gb RAM, 10.9.1; iPhone5S iOS7.04
    SuperDrive refuses to burn data CDs and data DVDs! problem for me.

    This is different from my prior issue in which using a lens cleaner repeatedly for about 15 times will solve the problem....

    The deal is....the SuperDrive won't burn DATA. It has no trouble burning video DVDs or audio CDs, but data? Forget it. Regardless of what program I use to burn, I'll get any of a huge variety of errors -- media error, calibration error, etc. Never had that issue until now.

    I know it's specifically the SuperDrive, as I pulled the DVD burner out of my PC and used a USB-to-IDE thingy to connect it to my MacBook and it worked like a charm.


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    Kevriano's Avatar
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    Jul 02, 2006
    Crawley, England
    20" Intel iMac 2.4 Ghz/3G Ram/320HD, Snow Leopard. PBook G4, 1.5Ghz/1.5 Ram/250 HD, Leopard 10.5.6.
    Time for a new Superdrive I would reckon.
    Very odd that it won't burn data, but is ok with other things, but I really think that given your older problem, it would seem to be on it's way out for sure.
    Probably going to be cheaper to buy an external, and maybe even consider a BR drive if you have Toast and can use it.
    Plextor have just released a BR (read only) drive for $99

    Plextor Releases USB Blu-Ray Drive
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    May 18, 2008
    Amberley, Canterbury, New Zealand
    MacMini 4.1, OS 10.11 and 10.6; Macbook Pro 8.2, OS 10.12, MacBook 4.1, OS 10.6.8
    I think Kevriano's pretty-much covered it. Writing data to cd's and dvd's is done differently, and who can say what changes might have occurred in the s'drive hardware?

    External setup seems to be the most popular way to go when an internal optical drive fails.

    Did you particularly want a blu-ray optical drive? Early days with the Mac yet, but in any event, check out the range of Pioneer drives. Firewire would be preferable to USB.
    Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

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