How many DVDs can my MBP burn without breaking?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gjortega, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. gjortega macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone, I have a question that I can't find any info on. How many DVDs do you think I can burn with my MacBook Pro 15" (two years old) without causing any damage?

    A non-profit I volunteer for wants to make DVDs to send to donors, but what do you think the threshold is before I need to tell them that they need to have them professionally copied? I don't mind helping out for a few DVDs, but I don't want to break my disk burner either. Thanks!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    A lot, probably a few thousand. Just keep the lens clean and don't force the discs in, and it'll work for a long time.
     
  3. gjortega thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I just wanted to make sure that if I burned 20/30/50 at a time it wouldn't be a problem. I know that they weren't designed to mass produce DVDs, so just being safe!
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    If you feel like spending a small bit of money, you could get an external DVD burner. If you do, make sure it's a tray loading one, not a slot loading one. The tray loading ones can handle more discs between failures and can read/write discs up to twice as fast as your Macbook's slot loading drive.
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    With this quantity, get an external burner. And truthfully at quantities of 50+, it might make sense to send them out.
     
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    i would not do 50 at a time
     
  7. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Daisy chain them with thunderbolt!!!!! BURN ALL THE DISCS!!!!
     
  8. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    It's a huge time sink. It would probably be better to send the job out if they want more than 10... also you can get a nice label and stuff, which just adds extra work if you do it yourself, and might look crappy.

    I understand it's for non-profit, but I think you could do more useful things for them than sitting around for hours and reloading a DVD-R every 5 minutes.
     

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