My MacBook can't read DVDs I just burned!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 66217, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    I'm having problems with my MacBook, at first I thought it was a faulty drive, and Apple accepted to change it for a new one under AppleCare.

    But I am still under the same problem. I can read any original DVD or CD I introduce (movies, music CDs, etc.), I can also burn a movie with iDVD when I introduce a blank DVD. But after I finish burning, if I introduce the DVD again it won't read it. Funny thing is that someone gave me a burned DVD and I was able to read it.

    What could be causing this? I swear that this started after Leopard, so I am really starting to think this is software related.

    BTW, the DVDs I am using are Sony DVD +RW.
  2. sharky05 macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2007
    have you tried any different brands of dvd +RWs? What about DVD+Rs? do they work?
  3. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Toss the DVD+RW disks and don't even bother with them. I haven't found a brand yet that was reliable. As inexpensive as DVD+R media is, use them instead and your problem will most likely go away. Besides, erasing a DVD+RW takes a considerable amount of time. It just isn't worth the time and effort to even fool with them.

  4. 66217 thread starter Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    I have tried with at least three brands. Verbatim DVD-RW, Memorex DVD-RW and Sony DVD+RW.

    I'll try with a normal DVD-R and see what happens.

    shchag, what happens is that I'll be in need to be re-burning about once daily. And was really hoping to be able to prevent the usage of so many DVDs.

    Anyone else having this problem?
  5. khunsanook macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    East Asia
    I consistenly have this problem. DVDs burn and verify OK, but then rarely ever read again with the superdrive...guess it's time for a 3rd superdrive - wish Apple would toss the slot loader MatSHITas - frustrating.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Just to toss it out there, if you burned like a PlayStation or Xbox game you can burn, but can't read it. ;)
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    DVD-RWs are not reliable. And the super drives save space, how do you think that the MBP is 1 inch thick? If I took a pop-out tray dvd burner, the MBP would be thicker. Same goes for MB. I never had any trouble with the iBook combo drive or my MB's super drive.

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