my superdrive wont read and write!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by topxitakalini, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. topxitakalini macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2010
    hello,i just had this problem today and it very annoying
    my superdrive wont read some data dvds that were readable before
    but the mac install dvd is readable though
    it happened after i cancelled to burn a dvd via toast titanium after its stuck for hours
    i just cant help it
    and now i just figured out that my superdrive wont burn dvd too!!!!
    help me please
    i have this mac book pro for more than a year,so its not under warranty..
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Apply all your OSX/Firmware updates, also reset the SMC. Even though your computer is OOW, Apple or one of their service providers may be able to offer a complimentary diagnosis to identify if it's software or hardware.
  3. topxitakalini thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2010

    thanx for ur quick replay:)
    i'll give it a try
  4. topxitakalini thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2010
    still not working

    i tried everything you suggested,but it didnt work..

    i tried to insert cleaning DVD too..

    i called Apple,and they say it's a hardware problem and they'll charge me to change it..

    and i dont want to pay no more after so many problems i had with this machine..

    for ur info,my superdrive recognizes DVD-DL but cant burn it.While wont read DVD-R at all.All that DVDs were burnable and readable before!!

    unbelievably,i tried to burn a CD,and it still work!!!

    do i have to fresh install my OSX?
    please help..:(:(:(
  5. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Being able to read CDs/DVDs, and able to burn CDs but not DVDs is 95% of the time a hardware issue with the laser. You can reinstall the OS if it's of any comfort to you that you exhausted all the possibilities, it is just not likely to fix anything. An OOW MacBook Pro repair is ~$329 US. Is there any reason you didn't pay the $349 for an AppleCare plan while you were in the initial year of coverage? It's a moot point now but my curiosity is piqued...
  6. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Sounds like a bad drive.

    If you're handy, buy a new Superdrive for <$100 and replace it yourself. I replaced the Superdrive in my wife's Macbook (upgraded to DualLayer as well) in about an hour.

    Just download the applicable guide over at

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