No, it isn’t anything that the Finder needs to be involved in. I had my doubts but it was worth a shot. I don’t have any more ideas on how to test for a empty drive. It might be possible to put something together if there was media in it.
Rob & Oranje, you might be able to use AppleScript & the command line to get this info by using the “ioreg” command. Here’s what I have so far…
If I remember correctly DVD-Rom’s are read only and DVD-RAM’s are the burners. Mine is returning DVD-ROM which is correct – I do not have a SuperDrive. Please note that the above script is a little klunky and it still needs some work.
Oranje, let me know if it returns DVD-RAM on your machines that have a SuperDrive installed. tia
BTW: I’m not sure the SuperDrive is manufactured by HITACHI.
This might work too…
Maybe Camelot, or Jon, can help with the command line stuff to get a better output.
Aha, nice work Jonn8, I now see that cut -d ‘"’ is a way to delimit items – a delimiter. Unix, ya gotta luv it, I’m still learning ;¬)
Your script correctly returns the “Optical Drive” I have installed in my machine as a DVD-ROM. I hope I was correct in assuming that DVD-RAM’s are burners and that DVD-ROM’s are players. Do you have any ideas of how we can get 'External Drive Info" i.e., I have a Firewire Sony Spressa CDRW. ioreg does see my Plantronics HeadSet, but I haven’t grep’d out the Sony Spressa CDRW yet, as it’s normally turned off until needed.