Mac mini no longer recognizes burned discs

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Sawdust, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Sawdust macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    Model Name: Mac mini
    Model Identifier: Macmini4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 8 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MM41.0042.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.65f2
    Serial Number (system): C07CW5G8DD6L
    Hardware UUID: E164E784-F20E-588A-B9DF-D441DA13E969

    When inserting my burned archived discs Mac mini 2010 indicates the disc is empty? I have run utilities and although the disc is in the list it cannot be manipulated. Any ideas as to why and how to fix this problem? Thanks.
  2. opeter macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    Maybe the laser of you DVD-drive died? Or ... are you sure, the burned discs are OK? Did you try them on other computers with CD/DVD drives?
  3. Micky Do, Mar 9, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016

    Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    As above….. Optical drives are probably the least reliable component of any computer that has one. Though controversial at the time, Apple was wise to drop them as an internal component. The optical drive on my Mini has long been picky with what it will play. I use an external OD now, on the increasingly rare occasion I use a an optical disc…..

    Unfortunately, as I like the format. I'm not a fan of this having everything available on-line. It assumes everyone has reliable, fast internet, and a credit card. I didn't have decent internet until about 9 months ago, and I still don't have a credit card.

    Then there is the disc itself…… Factory produced discs are pressed, and are good for many years. Burned discs don't have such a long lifespan. They deteriorate within a few years, and that could be your problem.
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    You have, and have used an optical disk cleaning disk, with the little jar of cleaning fluid?
    That's brought my dead internal superdrive back to life several times now.
  5. Sawdust thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    Well, this is a conundrum. With 2 identical minis I have no problem with the other. The malfunctioning unit has no problem reading commercially made discs like FileMaker Pro, iWork, iPhoto, etc. but no burned disc is being recognized. The other mini has no problem whatsoever?

    Gave it to the Genious Bar guys at the Apple Store and they couldn't find a glitch and returned it to me for no charge. Frankly, I now prefer thumb drives for archiving so I am going to try to transfer everything before more problems arise.

    This problem did leave me with an odd problem in the side bar - 3 untitled CD folders w/"burned" sign? I am unable to delete them or manipulate them to the trash???
  6. MacinDan macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
  7. Sawdust thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    You nailed it! I used an old bandana some eye glass spray on the cloth, just a mist or two, and ran the wrapped card in the slot and the optical drive came to life.

    Thank you.
  8. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    you need 2 lasers to read a commercial disc. you need 3 lasers to read cd-r. so thats why the disc wasn't having problems reading commercial discs before you cleaned it. i've had 4 mac superdrive eventually wear out and fail on me too
  9. Sawdust thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    So, why does the sidebar still list 3 burned discs just sitting there with no way to remove them? They don't appear to be interfering with anything, but they are related to the discs the optical drive created erroneously?
  10. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP wrote:
    "So, why does the sidebar still list 3 burned discs just sitting there with no way to remove them?"

    Try logging out, logging back in, and then dragging them to the trash.

    If that doesn't work, try a complete shutdown (power all the way off) and reboot...
  11. Sawdust thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    Thanks for the advice, but this computer has been shut down at least 4 times and rebooted a couple times with no effect on the ability to remove the list?

    Attached Files:

  12. jpietrzak8 macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2010
    Dayton, Ohio
    Can I ask what version of OS X you are currently running? I used to have a problem with the Finder in older versions, where if I placed a link to a removable drive (or a folder on a removable drive) onto the sidebar, and then removed the media without removing the sidebar link, the now-useless link would remain there permanently. I remember that one of the ways I was able to fix the problem was to remount the exact same media and then manually remove the link in the sidebar; I thought that rebooting also worked for me, but I see that hasn't worked for you. :(

    I don't recall having this problem with recent versions of OS X, so if you're already on the latest version, then just ignore me. :)
  13. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Try this:

    1. Go to:

    2. Move to the trash:

    3. Reboot

    4. Empty the trash

    Does this get rid of them?

    You'll have to "set up" your sidebar lists again (deleting the file above will probably set everything back to the default setting).
  14. Sawdust thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    I was thinking on doing that, however, the downside could have added yet another burned disc.

    That did the trick. Thanks for the tips folks. Now all is right.

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