Early 2008 Mac Pro optical drive dead?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kirkbross, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. kirkbross macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have a Mac Pro (early 2008) and suddenly my (original factory) superdrive can't burn CD's any more.

    I keep getting a MEDIA ERROR... the disc failed to burn. I forget the exact message.

    I tried several different brands of blank CDs and both iTunes and Toast. No luck.

    I think it started happening after I upgraded to El Capitan but I'm not positive.

  2. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    Probably the Superdrive died with a hardware failure. Just get a replacement. I bought a used one complete in aluminium cage for £10 on eBay.
  3. Machines macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2015
    Fox River Valley , Illinois
    If you are comfortable removing some internal parts, you can access the two unused SATA 1 data headers on the Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) logic board and snake a SATA data cable into the optical drive bay . With a molex to SATA power adapter , you will now have the ability to mount two modern SATA optical drives . Seems like a good occasion to upgrade to Blu-Ray .
  4. Chung123 macrumors regular


    Dec 5, 2013
    The drive on my old 2006 Mac Pro did something similar. Since the drive is acting up anyway and may need a replacement---you may be able to open it up and gently clean the lens on the CD-Drive.

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