Any way to rescue an external optical drive?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 10, 2009
I have a MBP. I use an external optical drive to import CD's. It turns on when plugged in....but the CD isnt noticed by the computer. i tested it on a second computer too.

Any thoughts for what I might be able to do short of just buying a new one?


macrumors 68040
Feb 17, 2008
Fort Worth, Texas
Did you try it with other CDs? If it still doesn't work properly, try using a double input USB connector. In other words, a USB cable that can connect to two USB ports at the same time. Most external optical drives are sensitive to voltage input and may not work properly without the proper voltage. Using two ports usually will overcome that. I have an older Samsung external drive that needs two ports while my LG does not. If after doing all that, the drive still does not work, replace it. (Also try cleaning it with compressed air.)


macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
Was it working previously, and then STOPPED working?

Did you -change anything- on the MBP -- upgrade the OS, etc.?

Could the lens on the CD/DVD drive be dirty?

Does it use a separate USB connecting cable?
If so, have you tried changing it?

I know this is "basic", but have you checked the finder/preferences panel, to see that "show CDs/DVDs" is checked?

If nothing helps, it might be easier just to buy a replacement...


macrumors 604
Feb 19, 2008
The Finger Lakes Region
Do a favor and tell us does the drive at least spin up before it rejects disks then run a CD/DVD lens cleaner disks, they're cheap enough in most tech stores around and on the net!
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