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Im still having trouble using Retrospect on my MacBook Pro (details below).

I have just updated to Retro-EN-6_1_138, and still have the same problems. Which are:

• When restoring files it wont recognise my existing dvds - incompatible disk error.

• I cant configure either the internal drive or the external drive (details below). It crashes the mac.


I have been on this forum before, but cant find the post from a couple of months ago.

I would like to keep using Retrospect, am currently using my old Power Book G4 to do all backing up and restoring, which is inconvenient.


You guys have suggested using external hard drives to back to, but I prefer to back up to DVD.

Also the fact that everything works fine on the Power Book, makes me wonder WHY it doesnt work on the MacBook Pro...


All system, device details below.






Model Name: MacBook Pro 15"

Model Identifier: MacBookPro1,1

Processor Name: Intel Core Duo

Processor Speed: 2 GHz

Number Of Processors: 1

Total Number Of Cores: 2

L2 Cache (per processor): 2 MB

Memory: 2 GB

Bus Speed: 667 MHz

Boot ROM Version: MBP11.0055.B08

SMC Version: 1.2f10

Serial Number: W86304CPVWW

Sudden Motion Sensor:

State: Enabled



Internal drive:


Firmware Revision: HAEA

Interconnect: ATAPI

Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)

Cache: 0 KB

Reads DVD: Yes

CD-Write: -R, -RW

DVD-Write: -R, -RW

Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes

Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes

Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO

Media: No


External drive:

> LaCie d2 DVD-RW Firewire:


Manufacturer: LaCie Group SA

Model: 0x0

GUID: 0xD04B650807DA42

Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec

Connection Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec


> LaCie d2 DVD-RW Firewire Unit:

Unit Software Version: 0x10483

Unit Spec ID: 0x609E

Firmware Revision: 0x102

Product Revision Level: LC00


> LaCie d2 DVD-RW Firewire SBP-LUN:

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I have been on this forum before, but cant find the post from a couple of months ago.


Megan, the easiest way to find your past posts is to click on your username, then click the link that says "Show all user's posts".


FYI, here is your past thread (posts on August 27 and October 16):



As before, if you expect help, we need to know what Retrospect Driver Update ("RDU") you are running, and the type of media (+R, -R, +RW, etc.; CD or DVD) you are using.


Also FYI, here is the RDU version history with downloadable files for all versions:



There seems to be some sort of a bug introduced in some of the recent RDU updates, such that they only work with DVD+R media, so you might want to try about RDU or so, if you DVD drive is supported in that version. Otherwise, if you need a later RDU to support your drive, you will be stuck with having to use DVD+R media.


Hope this helps,



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The RDU is, but I have been trying this since I got my MacBook Pro last October (2006), so whatever RDU was available then, and Retrospect has never worked.


And I am trying both DVD+R and DVD-R media.


And again working fine on my Power Book.


Any other ideas?



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Sorry, no other ideas.


Megan, that's a bit odd, because RDU says it added support for the UJ-857 (Apple version), which is what you say your MacBook Pro has. You might try that RDU and a few after it (but not later than RDU if you want to use DVD-R media; DVD+R media should work with the drive using the latest RDU.


Are you sure that you don't have a .rdi file floating around in


from a custom configure? That would override anything in the RDU.


LaCie uses a variety of drives (and Firewire bridge chips) in their external burners, so it's unclear what drive you have there.


I feel your pain. But you might be able to try a few different RDUs and get things working.



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