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Aug 15, 2009

it kind of just happened suddenly but my new aluminum iMac can not read CD/DVDs nor show them as an icon on the desktop. I don't know if this matters but it stopped reading them shortly after I preformed a mount with toast titanium on a mac universal binary image. Also, if I put a disk in, it thinks for a bit, then spits it out. I think I may have shut down the computer without dismounting the image and I don't know if that may contribute to the problem.


OS X :: CD/DVD Drive Not Reading Disks?

Mar 7, 2010

Bought a MacBook about a year and half ago and have had no issues until today. I have been able to burn numerous CD's and DVD's but for some reason today when I tried to burn a CD it keeps spitting the blank CD out. I doesn't seem to recognize any disk. When I put a disk in it makes a quiet noise like it's trying to read it but after a few seconds spits it out. No application seems to recognize any disk either.

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This happens when launching every application - big or small - and even surfing the internet. I open Activity Monitor and see that my Virtual memory is 7.2 when idle and grows to 8.5 with a couple of programs open. My page in/out is 48919/0.

This "spin up" sound happens all of the time, whether I am working on something or not, but particularly when I launch programs. No background programs (such as a virus scanner) are installed or running.

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Color: Aluminum
Factory: China
Production Year:2008
Production Week:22 (May)
Production Number:774
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Jan 13, 2010

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As soon as I start 'using' it (for instance, turning Time Machine backup on, etc.) it suddenly starts running quiet again. I made sure to make it 'invisible' to Spotlight so it doesn't index the drive... what else could be accessing the drive and making it work so hard? The constant 'grinding' of the drive is really bothersome!

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Jul 27, 2010

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Mar 12, 2012

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Disk manager sees the new one and I can read data written upon it, but I can't write anything nor erase or partition it. So both the hard drives are OK (I tested them in a friend's MacBook pro and it worked), the computer seems OK too, because I'm running it presently, but any internal hard drive won't work. The cable that links the hard drive to the motherboard does not seem to be damaged, however, the status indicator light is not working since that time.

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Jul 30, 2010

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Aug 17, 2005

I have a " 12Mac iBook G3 (700mhz/128mb/20gb) with combo drive (12.1 16VRAM) Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-R2102. System software installed: OS 10.4.1. I'm a longtime Mac user (have a beige G3 desktop at home and a blue and white G4 desktop at work fairly familiar with OS-X), but by no means a true technie. My brother borrowed it for a couple of months, installed some software he needed to do some work with, then shipped it back to me via UPS. Now, the CD/DVD drive rejects all audio, data or video disks -- the drive whirs for anywhere from about 15 seconds to a couple of minutes, then the tray pops back out. Some disks seem to stay in the drive, but no icon ever appears on my desktop and no interactivity begins with the disk. I've tried inserting disks 30 or 40 times and maybe 3 or 4 have mounted to the point the disk icons appeared onscreen. Of those, a couple were audio and did not start to play music (although in one case, I got iTunes open and the tracks seemed to be registering).

In another case, I got a software CD to mount and tried copying its contents to my desktop , but an hour and a half after it started trying to copy the files, an error message appeared -- sorry, didn't manage to write it down). I have tried booting it up with an old OS 9 installer CD and that seemed to work (although the splash page was the gray apple with spinning gear beneath it -- not what I expected to see from a system 9 cd startup?). A friend told me to try that and if it worked, it might indicate this is a software-related problem rather than hardware, but I don't know. Prior to rejecting disks, the drive seems to whir at a fairly normal volume -- nothing violent or unusual. Sometimes it sounds as if it is working hard and sometimes it is fairly smooth sounding, but as I said, I haven't been able to really DO anything with a disk of any kind since receiving it back from my brother. He says it worked great for him -- before and after he installed some new software -- and that he was using audio, visual and data disks on a regular basis while in his hands.

The computer and all programs seem to work just fine -- except for the combo drive. The only other thing I can add is that he managed to lose two of the remaining rubber feet off the bottom, so now only the battery corner has a rubber foot. Does that slight imbalance make any difference to the reading ability of the drive, by any chance? Any suggestions you can give me to check the cause or cure this problem would be greatly appreciated. My brother is in the dog house with me, yet I do believe him when he says it worked great for him. Also, the shipping container looked fine and he did a good job of bubble-wrapping it. IF it had been dropped by Mr. UPS, could this have caused a problem even if the box looked good? (Shipping was insured, by the way.)

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