1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 30, 2012 10:34 PM by clintonfrombirmingham
keraunoscopia Level 1 Level 1

I have a MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-85J from a MBP that I bought around 2007 I think. I'm sure in computer years, it's getting on in its age. Anyway, I rent a LOT of DVDs and CDs from the library, so I don't know if it's a combination of these discs possibly being a bit thicker than normal (they used to have theft-deterrent strips on them, but no longer, so I don't know if there's other secret stuff on them now) but I'm noticing that the discs simply aren't ejecting easily. Usually have to catch them with my fingernails and grab the disc before it gets pulled back in, or in most cases, the disc barely ejects and I have to eject repeatedly until it somehow gets enough of a push to pop out.

 

Is the drive wearing out? I've been researching how to eject stuck discs for the inevitable day when the disc simply won't do anything, but if the actual ejector is weak, then how will force ejecting even work? While a CD in my computer would be quite the bother, I'm more concerned about it being a library disc that I'll have to pay beaucoup bucks for to replace.

 

Any advice?

 

Also, does "drutil eject" still work these days? Not sure if that's an old command or what.


MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.4 GHz 2GB
Reply by clintonfrombirmingham on Sep 30, 2012 10:34 PM Helpful

"drutil eject" still works, but it sounds as if you're nearing a mechanical failure with the drive. You can have Apple replace the drive - very expensive - or you can purchase a new SuperDrive from Other World Computing and install it yourself. I wouldn't wait too long - you may end up with a stuck library disc and either have to disassemble the machine or take it to Apple to retrieve it.

 

Clinton

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  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    "drutil eject" still works, but it sounds as if you're nearing a mechanical failure with the drive. You can have Apple replace the drive - very expensive - or you can purchase a new SuperDrive from Other World Computing and install it yourself. I wouldn't wait too long - you may end up with a stuck library disc and either have to disassemble the machine or take it to Apple to retrieve it.

     

    Clinton