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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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Today I've tried installing SL on it and the drive keeps on spinning and spinning and the it would be ejected out , I've tried several times to no avail , tried switching users and it read the install DVD, pressed on install and it started installing , it required rebooting when the computer rebooted it stopped reading the drive!

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I have a G5 Power PC with Dual Ghz 2.5 processors. I have two 250 GB hard drives, my primary drive has 45 GB available and my secondary (storage drive) has 10 GB left.

My problem is that I have 6.5 GB of installed and recognized RAM, and yet I constantly hear my hard drive spinning up, as though the OS is using virtual RAM off of my hard drive(s), and ignoring my plentiful system RAM.

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.

So my question is this: Is there any way that I can adjust OS X (latest version) so that it strictly reads my system RAM first before going to my drive? Some setting somewhere? I thought that OS X (as in all computers) only went to the hard drive's VM when it ran out of System RAM. Am I missing something?

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Because of this I can't burn a disk because the disk is not being recognized. In Disk Utility, the external hard drives appear mounted and can be opened in Finder, but why aren't they appearing on my desktop (they used to)?

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I have the original Apple-shipped Superdrive, as well as an external Lacie drive. I tried disks in both drives with the same result.

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I had just backed up my hard disk (on a G4 desktop, Sawtooth model, running OS 10.4.11) to a LaCie drive with Carbon Copy Cloner, which has never been entirely happy doing that. (Long story, maybe not relevant.) Having had several reports of failure to simply do an incremental backup, I decided to try copying the whole of Macintosh HD to the LaCie. Tried that and once again, CCC complained that it couldn't do the job completely and suggested that I click on the box next to the instruction to bypass (ignore?) files on the LaCie that were not on the Mac HD. There still were some errors, but I decided that was good enough. (I had done all the diagnostics for the permissions and disk before starting CCC.) Then I wanted to burn the contents of either my Macintosh HD or the LaCie (now presumably identical)to a DVD/RW disk. I started by making a new Burn Folder after checking out how to do it in Mac Help, but the DVD/RW disk I put into my external HD didn't show up on the desktop.

I tried a CD-R disk. That didn't show up, either, nor did a commercially prepared disk. All this for a drive that I used only a day or two ago with total success. I switched the Firewire cable to another Firewire outlet on my G4, unplugged the device for a while, put the power cord of the external drive into another outlet, everything I could think of. And I ditched the DVD player preference file. I used Disk Warrior and checked the permissions with Disk Utility. I verified the hard drive with Disk Utility, too, and it passed with flying colors. All to no avail. Of course, I can't clean the lens, because that requires that the device recognize that it has something inside. I can't use the internal device that came in my Mac for burning disks: It only deals with DVD-ROM, I believe, and I know it can't write CDsthough I can play CDs and DVDs in it.

- Do you think I did something when I was studiously trying to set up a burn folder for the contents of my drive? (I also investigated disk images and such, but I don't think I clicked on anything.)
- Could it be owing to my strange odyssey with Carbon Copy Cloner, which definitely disapproved of some of what was on my hard drive?
- Do you think there is anything I can try to repair this problem? I don't know whether my Mac isn't recognizing the device or the disk, or the device is not recognizing that it has a disk inside. I certainly can hear the thing turn on and hum busily, but it doesn't make that comforting clicking sound that one gets when a drive is preparing to do its thing with a disk.

I considered booting up from my Tiger OS disk (after I had discarded my Finder pref to deal with another problem), but I really don't know what I would want to do with it, nor whether the problem is with my external SuperDrive or with some software. Any ideas, anyone? This was so sudden that it could well be owing to either source. Or to Carbon Copy Cloner (which is unlikely).

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When attempting to insert discs, both drives failed to "grab" it and pull it into the iMac. The bezel of the iMac is so thick that I would lose the disc inside without the optical drive actually taking hold and loading the disc. With the tip of a pen I was able to push the disc in another few millimeters and it would grab and load up without issue. Both drives functioned flawlessly once I got the disc in there.

So...What is Apple doing to customize their drives so that they "grab" earlier rather than later? Is this a mechanical adjustment that can be made on the optical drive? I'm rather surprised that I've been unable to find anything like this on the web.

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