External DVD Drive Not Being Recognised

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ascender, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. ascender macrumors 68000

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    I've bought a Pioneer 116DBK DVD burner to use with a few of our Macs. I've set it to master and mounted it in a Pluscom 5.25" USB external enclosure, but its not being seen my OS X at any level.

    Not having much joy with Google, is there anything obvious I need to check?

    Thanks!
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Are the jumpers set to Master?

    Is the little white knob on the left of the IDE interface in the same position, as on the following image?

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    Does it even power up and can the tray be manually ejected?
     
  3. ascender thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes, set to master and powers up fine, IDE cable keyed towards power and can be ejected. Have tried it with no jumpers on as well.
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    What does Disk Utility or System Profiler have to say?
     
  5. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    You said that you want to use it in a few of your Macs. So I take it that you have other DVD drives in those Macs. If this is the case you don't want the drive set as master. Either slave or cable.
     
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    But as far as I know, external drives have to be set to master to be recognized when in an external enclosure, as the enclosure uses USB as transfer bus and not the ATA bus.

    One only has to change jumpers with internal drives.
     
  7. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Yes you are correct. The next message with the picture through me off :D
     
  8. ascender thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I give up with this, I'm starting to think the enclosure is busted, will install the DVD drive in my MacPro to test that on its own first.
     
  9. ian.maffett macrumors 6502

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    Hope you didn't give up just yet - when you connect it to the Mac put a disk in it - the machine generally won't recognize it until it has something to read. My external DVDR acts the same way.
     

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