10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 24, 2015 5:29 AM by Gary Scotland
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Hi Guys, This is a brilliant procedure to clean the optical head of the DVD Superdrive on a mac mini late 2009 edition or other macs using the slot loading DVD superdrive. You do not need to open the computer at all thus saving yourself a lot of hassle and anxiety.  Here is what you need to do:


1) Get hold of a credit card.

2) Cut a strip of fine lint free cotton cloth as wide as the credit card and twice its length.

3) Wrap the cloth around the credit card lengthwise and hold it taught between your thumb and forefinger at one end.

4) Dab some lense cleaning fluid on the bottom side of the cloth wrapped card. (Camera lense fluid will do)

5) Insert the cloth wrapped credit card on the left most side of the slot drive by about 1.5 inches. (make sure the PC is powered off)

6) Pull the credit card out and insert again - repeat 4-5 times - add some more cleaning fluid if it evaporates.


Since the read write head is on the left side of the drive about 1 inch from the corner this process cleans the lense quite effectively.


I have revived a DVD superdrive on my mac mini which was not recognising any disk in this manner.


Hope this helps.




Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.4)