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2009 iMac not reading 2006-2008 dvd-r's - OSX Yosemite


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Hey,

 

Recently began going through old dvd's of work. Quickly discovered whole series of disks that are not recognized by my Superdrive. I came to the conclusion that these are disks that were probably archived with Retrospect at the time. Some version or 6 and/or prior.

 

I have DVD-R's from 2005 I can read fine - but have a feeling they were stand-alone instances where I just burned files onto the DVD itself as opposed to using Retrospect.

 

Is this a common occurance? Is there a workaround? Any thoughts?

 

Thanks!

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I tried to enable the optical drive (PIONEER DVD-RW  DVRTS08) and it said it was successful though no "triangle" icon appears. This is per this thread: http://www.retrospect.com/en/support/kb/retrospect-8-x-for-macintosh-optical-support.

 

When I insert a full retrospect disk - it still does not recognize it - but give me the option, now, of opening it in Retrospect. This is new since I supposedly "Enabled the optical device" though I do not know if this is coincidence.

 

I did at one time have VMware installed on this computer - but no longer. Not quite understanding the "captured drive" concept.

 

Why isn't there an option to rebuild a catalog from a media? I don't see it anywhere in this program anymore. And I can't open Retropect 6 to retrace old steps.

 

This is really frustrating.

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I don't think you have a supported optical drive. You can verify under retrospect.com/devices

That's crazy but correct in that it is not supported. This actually gives me a bit of a glimmer of hope. Let me ask a silly question - if I buy an external - then it should be able to read the disks to rebuild the libraries. Is rebuilding the correct step? I don't anticipate the old libraries to be able to be read because when I click on them - they need the old PPC. But I did copy the libraries over from the old PPC. I'm on an old Intel Mac now.

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Is rebuilding the correct step? I don't anticipate the old libraries to be able to be read because when I click on them - they need the old PPC.

The old catalogs can only be read by Retrospect 6.x. To access the data via Retrospect 8 and later, you will indeed need to rebuild the catalogs from the media.

 

Note that these later versions of Retrospect can only create a new catalog from Retrospect 6.x data, not from Retrospect 5.x or earlier. For the latter, you'll need a copy of Retrospect 6 and an old machine capable of running that software (a PPC or an Intel machine that can use OS 10.6.8 or earlier with Rosetta).

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The old catalogs can only be read by Retrospect 6.x. To access the data via Retrospect 8 and later, you will indeed need to rebuild the catalogs from the media.

 

Note that these later versions of Retrospect can only create a new catalog from Retrospect 6.x data, not from Retrospect 5.x or earlier. For the latter, you'll need a copy of Retrospect 6 and an old machine capable of running that software (a PPC or an Intel machine that can use OS 10.6.8 or earlier with Rosetta).

 Thanks for the heads up on Retrospect 5. I am nervous now because I have no idea which version my files are in. Gaadz. One step forward - one step back.

 

This is crazy. I do have the old G5 mothballed. But even if Retrospect is on it - I, naturally, write over old versions. So If I don't have the Software for R5 - I'm screwed again. Hopefully I can get what I need off of the disks.

 

But really - when you think about it - Retrospect, in trying to hold onto a proprietary model for revenue purposes - has really done their customers a huge disservice.

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