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erase CD-RW, DVD-RW fails w/ error



G4 iBook; OS 10.4.11; Toast 8.01 and 8.03; various brands of media that formerly had no problems being erased


Attempts to erase CD-RW or DVD-RW often result in following error message:


The drive reported an error:


Sense Code = 0x51




I can successfully erase discs using Disk Utility. The discs can then be used in Toast without further problems.

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UPDATE (12.17.07): Have noticed same failure in Disk Utility, so it likely is a hardware or OS issue. Have reinstalled OS 10.4 --> 10.4.11, using "archive and install" and still have problems with CERTAIN brands of DVD-RW media, but not others, whereas previously virtually all brands of media appeared to erase without issues. I suspect either a hardware issue or possibly the aging of the Memorex DVD-RW media (RITEKW01).


Apple support suspects drive failure, will probably get worse with time. Well, I've got 3 days left on Applecare service plan :-)


I've posted this information in case anyone else is experiencing similar symptoms; it might not be a software issue after all.

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