4 Replies Latest reply: May 15, 2010 5:47 PM by cr6660
lauren3180 Level 1 (0 points)
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 (46,035 points)
    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?
  • Chris Echlin Level 1 (45 points)
    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.
  • cr6660 Level 1 (0 points)
    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.
  • cr6660 Level 1 (0 points)
    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!!