What if I wear out my DVD-R drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mark-itguy, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. mark-itguy macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2007
    I have a new Santa Rosa\LED MBP. Although my CD and DVD burning usage is probably no more than average, I rip CD's a lot, and of currently am ripping my entire DVD collection to re-encode them for my Apple TV...

    So the question is, what if I I wear out my DVD-R drive? Is it all that hard to replace? Should I buy an external USB or FireWire DVD-R to "save" my internal one from wearing out?

  2. John01021988 macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    well if you are using it that heavily, I would recommend to buy an external one, which I guess will be faster than the Superdrive
  3. mark-itguy thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2007
    Uhhh. Oh yeah... I guess an external one would bound to be faster, for both ripping and even burning...

    I know of the xlr8yourmac site, but their DVD-R database for external drives was pretty limited last time I looked.

    Does anyone know of an external DVD-R drive that will work with iLife apps?
  4. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    It's a bit like buying a ferrari, and never driving it because you don't want to wear out the engine.

    Your MBP was built and designed to be used. I say just use it. If you were to be concerned about any part, I would have said the HDD is more precious. It's the part that's going to store all your important data, and which is probably going to die first.
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Almost four years ago, I ripped about 250 CDs in a week on my iBook. I've ripped many more since then, as well as played many DVDs, etc, etc. I don't think your chances of wearing out the drive are great unless you're ripping thousands of discs.
  6. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    If it wears out, AppleCare should replace it as long as you're in your warranty period.

    However, I doubt the chances of you wearing that out are high.

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