Superdrives = Crap?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by $MacUser$, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. $MacUser$ macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I had a Powerbook a few years ago. It didn't take long for the Superdrive to go belly up. Now I have a Mac Mini, and again, it didn't take long for the combo drive to start going south.

    Are other people having trouble with Mac's slot-loading drives?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Optical drives fail, always have. That said, in my experience slot loaders are slightly more prone to dust buildup than tray loading drives; my MBP got to the point it wouldn't reliably read discs after about two years, but after being cleaned it's fine. Lost a slot-loading drive at work to dust as well, but that one is located in a machine shop so is exposed to ridiculous amounts of dust.

    Otherwise I haven't noticed a failure rate any higher on the drives Apple uses than any other manufacturer.
  3. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    HATE THEM, HATE THEM, HATE THEM. I find that they are completely unreliable and fail all the time. I purchased an external DVD writer and that is what I use on my MBP. The super drive has been out for a long time.
  4. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

    Jan 26, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    My SuperDrive was replaced 5 months ago on my MBP because it was making all kinds of weird scratchy noises. Burning a CD / DVD was so unbearable. The amount of noise that the drive would create was deafening. It sounded like something was going to explode.

    That was 5 months ago and now, the noises are occurring again.

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