MacBook: DVD Drive Annoyances

Under the Mac OS X 10.x SLA you are allowed to make ONE backup copy of your discs provided with your Mac…

Mac OS X 10.4 (”Tiger”)

You may make one copy of the Apple Software (excluding the Boot ROM code) in machine-readable form for backup purposes only; provided that the backup copy must include all
copyright or other proprietary notices contained on the original.

Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”)

You may make one copy of the Apple Software (excluding the Boot ROM code and other Apple firmware that is embedded or otherwise contained in Apple-labeled
hardware) in machine-readable form for backup purposes only; provided that the backup copy must include all copyright or other proprietary notices contained on the
original.

Well I ran into a slight snag… the internal burner now refuses to read my Mac OS X 10.4.9 Restore disc 1 backup 🙁 .. For a test I hooked up my spare Samsung DVD burner via USB2 to IDE cable and found it read the disc perfectly fine. Even more it lets me burn discs (not make frisbees) that the internal one had issues with. This makes you kinda think that Apple skimped on the DVD DL burner that it shipped with the MacBook.

Here are the drive specs:

MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857E: (Apple Stock drive in MacBook)

Firmware Revision: ZB0E
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO

TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-W162C: (Generic PC drive i used over usb2)

Firmware Revision: TS08
Interconnect: USB
Burn Support: Yes (Generic Drive Support)
Profile Path: None
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO

Also on a side note… I’ve never really liked slot loading optical drives… I think I’ll keep using this Samsung drive via USB. 🙂

Edit: Here is my DIY usb2 dvd burner 🙂
DIY usb2 DVD burner