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medium write error

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lauren3180 Calculating status...
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I am trying to burn a cd from itunes and I keep getting a message that the burn failed because of a "medium write error". I have tried to change my speed to 16x rather than as much as possible and it still doesn't work! Please help!!
macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Mar 2, 2010 9:06 PM (in response to lauren3180)
    Try a different brand of discs, preferably a premium brand. If you still have problems then your optical drive may be having problems. It might be as simple as dust which can be cleaned using a cleaner disc. It could also be the drive is failing which would require replacement.

    Does it do this if you try to burn discs not using iTunes?
    G4 Quicksilver dual 800 MHz 2x120 GBHDs 1.5GBRAM dual-boot 10.4.11 9.2.2, 2 G3 beiges, IIci. iTunes 7.5
  • Chris Echlin Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Apr 25, 2010 2:38 PM (in response to lauren3180)
    I had the same problem. Everything was working fine then . . BOOM I get a MEDIUM WRITE ERROR each time.

    After much reading and trial and error (cleaning the lens etc., creating AIFF files and trying to burn, using a slower write speed (all the way down to 1X) - NONE of which worked.

    Finally I went and bought some different cd's. Problem solved.

    The ones, (and as it turns our, the ONLY ones) that I have ever had problems with are SONY brand. They are silver in colour with mirrored writing. I have read other posts about similar difficulties with this brand of CD.

    Hope it helps.
    Macbook Duo Core 2 GHz, Powermac G4 1GHz, Powermac G4 933 MHz, eMac 1GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • cr6660 Calculating status...
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    May 14, 2010 10:22 PM (in response to Chris Echlin)
    Just had the same problem with Sony CD-R's I bought a pack of ten, out of that pack only four recorded. The rest gave me the dreaded "medium write error". Never had a problem recording before when I used TDK CD-Rs I think I will go back to them and see if it happens again.
    MacBook 13 inch, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • cr6660 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 15, 2010 5:47 PM (in response to cr6660)
    UPDATE: While I was out and about I went and bought some new CD-R's Maxell Brand. The difference was night and day. The Sony CD-R's were noisy and vibrated inside the drive. The Maxell CD-R's were as smooth as silk. First CD burned with no problems. So if you are getting medium write errors, try a different brand of CD, the stuff you are using is most likely junk. I will never buy Sony media again!!
    MacBook 13 inch, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Itunes 9 Iphoto 8

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