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Optical Disk Failure

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Optical Disk Failure

Post by pvhansen@tfon.com » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:20 pm

The optical disk in my 2009 iMac running High Sierra will not recognize the DVD when inserted. Could this be a software or settlings glitch or something more serious (a hardware problem)?
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Re: Optical Disk Failure

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:11 pm

We have had one failure of the DVD player in an iMac, circa 2010.
I couldn't find a replacement internal player. Furthermore, opening that era iMac requires a lot of care because of delicate cables between the screen and the internals. (I've done it once.)

But the solution is inexpensive and mostly satisfactory. Apple's USB-powered SuperDrive isn't expensive. And there are even less expensive USB external SuperDrives. We bought the Apple version.
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Re: Optical Disk Failure

Post by pvhansen@tfon.com » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:20 pm

Thanks Steve, I thought that's probably the way to go.

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Re: Optical Disk Failure

Post by Jay Cline » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:32 pm

When the optical drive in my 2009 iMac failed I purchased the SuperDrive as Steve suggested, worked great.
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Re: Optical Disk Failure

Post by Stephen Hart » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:58 pm

It's nice to be able to switch the SuperDrive to any Mac, as well. I mostly have it plugged in to my iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014), which has no internal SuperDrive. It fits nicely on the foot, and blends right in.
I did add a layer of thin neoprene under the drive to prevent it scooting around as much.
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Re: Optical Disk Failure

Post by Jay Cline » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:07 pm

I only use the SuperDrive when accessing old DVDs that I once used for archiving files. Everything gets backed up to external HDD now.
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Re: Optical Disk Failure

Post by Stephen Hart » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:41 pm

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD56 ... 15b2024620

Other brands are tens of dollars less.
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