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Superdrive not working with 2011 macmini

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:34 pm    Post subject: Superdrive not working with 2011 macmini Reply with quote

Hello all, I just bought a new superdrive for my 2011 macmini and all it does is take the disc in for about 5 seconds then ejects it. I checked "about this mac" and it shows that it's recognized.

I'm not sure if this means anything but I also installed a Samsung pro SSD and used the original hard drive for all my movies using that kit from OWC. I don't have a clue on what to try next to fix this problem...Please HELP!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try resetting the SMC.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question???

is it a external or internal drive because the new macbook air external cd drives dont work with the mac mini
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
Question???

is it a external or internal drive because the new macbook air external cd drives dont work with the mac mini


The Apple external SuperDrives work with all modern Apple computers that did not originally have an internal SuperDrive ie. Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Late 2012 iMacs.

Try a few more disks. It may not like one particular disk or brand of disk.
You may also have a defective drive.
Have you used the SuperDrive on the mini in the past successfully?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange, I have an old Lacie external superdrive with my 2011 mini, it works.
Remember sometimes cd or DVDs are bad...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zedtvl wrote:
Strange, I have an old Lacie external superdrive with my 2011 mini, it works.
Remember sometimes cd or DVDs are bad...


Other brands of drives will work with all all Apple computers. It's simply a case of Apple building restrictions into the SuperDrives' firmware which restricts it to only working with Apple Computers that do not have SuperDrives built in.

The reason for this is... if your internal SuperDrive fails, Apple wants you to pay for replacement parts instead of just buying their external SuperDrive as an option.

It sucks, but it's true. It's also a total joke, because some people simply want to do a direct copy from disk to disk without the need to make a disk image on the hard drive and switch disks during the process.
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