Optical Drive - Medium Write Error

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ThatKidMatt, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. ThatKidMatt macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2009
    So I've been having trouble figuring out a problem I've been having with my optical drive.

    Every time I attempt to burn a disk, at any available speed, I get a "Medium Write Error". I know that this can be related to a bad batch of discs but I refuse to believe that 2 spindles of DVDs and a spindle of CDs are all bad.

    The drive will read discs, but it won't write to them at all - using either Disk Utility or Toast Titanium. Further, I have reason to believe that the discs themselves are fine because they work in other computers (including my sister's Unibody MacBook Pro).

    I've attached some system profiler info.



    Firmware Revision: A101
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Generic Drive Support)
    Profile Path: None
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds
  2. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    sounds like your optical drive needs to be replaced.
  3. ThatKidMatt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2009
    I figured, but I'm still looking for other suggestions to try - mostly because I don't have the money to buy a new slot-loading drive.
  4. nuncupatory macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2008
    Recently I had a problem with burning DVDs, and reading online I saw people recommend picking up one of those cleaning kits for DVD players (the kind that looks like a CD, but has a small strip with brushes underneath to clean the lens). A few people suggested a cheapie one from OfficeMax, so I picked that up and tried it out. Now, the back of the OfficeMax cleaner explicitly states that it will run on Windows but not OS-X, but I used it anyway. Sure enough, the next DVD I burned worked out successfully. Seems to still be working okay so far.

    I'm not guaranteeing that it'll work for you, but if you're looking for possible solutions that are cheap...

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