Superdrive no longer burning discs...replacement ideas?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 1ONE, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. 1ONE, Dec 20, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2014

    1ONE macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    I have a 2011 iMac and my Superdrive seems to no longer burn discs. I have tried both Verbatim AZO CDRs and Maxell CDRs. Getting write errors with both. The Verbatim's are some of the better blank media you can get so...I'm stumped.

    Have tried cleaning my superdrive with a can of compressed air to no avail.

    I purchased AppleCare+ when we purchased the Mac, exactly 3 years ago to the month. I think I'm past the expiration on it though.

    I'm thinking about just purchasing a stand alone optical drive, any suggestions?
  2. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    I think LG Blu-ray writers (DVD/CD compatible) are the best with the best support on all platforms.
  3. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
  4. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    check your warranty status

    ask the genius for help. he might be willing to let you slide and replace your optical drive

    a lot of the optical drives are the same on different macs, some use the mounting bracket like the macbook pro, and some others don't like the mac mini. you can get used optical drives from eBay.

    if you buy the real deal from eBay, make sure you get the real apple drive.
    it should say "apple shipping drive" in system report, and have apple stickers on the drive

    maybe you can say you have been having problems for a couple months and this is the first time you had a chance to go there
  5. 1ONE thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    It has been acting flakey probably for 6 months but this is the first time it ever just would not write a CDR or DVR+R.

    I'll give Apple a try first and if they won't replace at least it won't cost a fortune to get something that will do the job.
  6. 1ONE thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    Thanks folks for the responses. I ended up talking to Apple yesterday afternoon and we tried a few things...including doing a shut down Command+Option+P+R or something to clear the cache on the DVD Rom?

    Anyway, I think I personally may have figured out what was partially at issue. The media I'm using now are Verbatim AZO CDRs (mainly those, anyway). And they seem to like to be written at the "maximum possible" speed. I always had written media at the slowest possible (1x). Either that or I just had some bad discs.

    I seem to be up and running now though, so far. I'm glad to not have to replace anything yet. But comforted in the knowledge that if the Superdrive ever does finally go caput a stand alone option is very viable.
  7. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    Glad to hear that the problem is solved! Happy burning!

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