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Stephen Swaffer

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Optical drive compatibility
« on: April 13, 2015, 02:27:06 pm »

We are transitioning to using a Mac for our primary media source-it has been going well, but last night I was thrown another curve ball.  A missionary showed up with a data DVD containing a .wmv file.  Ultimately played the file with VLC-the problem was getting to the file.  The Mac brought up the DVD as a blank DVD-I had to use a PC to copy the .wmv file to a flash drive and transfer.  Easy enough-but, I would ultimately like to get away from needing a PC around for the the oddball presentation bail out (space plus keeping a PC updated for once every couple years just doesn't make sense).

Is this an issue with the optical drive on the iMac?  Or compatibility?  Is there an external drive I can use with the iMac as a work around?   
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John L Nobile

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Re: Optical drive compatibility
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2015, 04:43:35 pm »

Years ago Mac optical drives were only able to do either -R or +R DVD's . Can't remember which. Self burnt DVD's can be a problem. In fact they usually are with Mac's from my experience.
I'd suggest keeping a PC around. There'll always be a time when the Mac won't load something or you need an app that only works in Windows. It's much better now. But even if it was 99.9%, you'll come across that .01% at the worst time.
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