How many CDs is my optical drive good for?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by riker1384, May 28, 2010.

  1. riker1384 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    West Coast
    I recently bought a whole bunch of used CDs and I'm trying to rip them. I've done about 100 and have about 250 to go. Most have been fine, but one CD made a clicking sound like a bike with baseball cards in the spokes. The disc looks normal to me, but I tried it twice and it did the same, so I ejected it ASAP and didn't rip that disk.

    Another disk made a different noise, it was slightly dirty so I cleaned it and now it's fine. These noises have me worried though. Am I going to wear out my drive by ripping all of these? Are there any statistics on how many CDs a drive can read (or write, not that I do that much) before failing?
  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    No, the drive should last. Don't worry about it.

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