Troubleshooting Your Mac Optical Drive

Apple officially dropped optical drives from its next-generation Mac devices, which of course signals that the dependence on cloud storage systems and flash drives is being encouraged. They prefer Itunes, Amazon, Netflix or say Xbox than CD/DVD for music. But, there are a good number of Mac users who do not use optical drives just for music. Obviously, they have got multiple reasons to validate their preference of optical drives. If you are the one, this blog is going to guide how you should troubleshoot your optical drive if it has developed problems.

Troubleshooting Mac Optical Drive

Drive not reading disk or ejecting it by itself. It’s the most common problem with optical drives.  Make sure to check the disk first. Take it out and check if it is damaged by scratches or has some obstinate layer of dirt on it. In most of the cases your Mac will not accept scratched discs. If it is the case, clean the disk first and make sure that you are inserting the disk properly.

Ensure that your disk is compatible with the Macbook. Check with your system profiler for the compatibility support. If the media or format you are using is not supported by your Mac, the possibility is that it won’t accept the disk. Try inserting and ejecting the disk several times, in most of the cases it fixes the problem.

If none of the above is working, take a break and restart your computer. It will reset the Power Manager and will be bring to normal. On start up, check if it works, if not reset the System Management Controller if you are aware of it, if not, leave it.

The second most common problem with a Mac Optical drive may be a slow ejection or not ejecting at all for a while. In this case, close the program which might be using your optical drive. If it does not do the trick, try dragging the disc icon to the trash. If it still does not work, restart your computer.

The other problem can be a noisy optical drive. If you are facing this problem, press the eject button and take out the disk, clean it with a lint free clean towel and reinsert it. Insert and eject a few times to see the problem is resolved. If still it is being of no help, check your disk with other computer to see if the problem is this particular disk only.

Sometime, if your Macbook is not placed on an even surface, it can create noises from its optical drive. Check if your computer is placed on an even surface.

If all the above troubleshooting steps fell flat for your Mac’s optical drive, contact a Apple Mac repair expert and seek professional help. Do not try to disassemble your optical drive by yourself; rather get your machine serviced or if required get a replacement of your optical drive.

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