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lolafalana
Feb 18, 2011, 05:08 PM
I guess if I want to install software on my MBA, I need to purchase a Superdrive? No way around this?



amasia
Feb 18, 2011, 05:14 PM
You can use Remote Disc to install software using another computer's CD drive. Simple process. I've had a Macbook air Rev.A for three years and have had no problems installing software this way.

Here a link to the support doc:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1777?viewlocale=en_US

Bulldog3777
Feb 18, 2011, 06:12 PM
Any external DVD drive will work. I have an LG.

MacDawg
Feb 18, 2011, 06:14 PM
Or you can download directly from the App Store if available

bowlerman625
Feb 18, 2011, 06:22 PM
use mine about twice a year

still glad I have one though

hfg
Feb 18, 2011, 06:34 PM
There are cheap external USB DVD drives available just about anywhere.

Or, if you have access to another Mac, get a few 8GB thumb drives and put the software distribution disk images on the flash drives. They are pretty cheap these days and you can label them and just keep them in your computer bag.

MultiFinder17
Feb 18, 2011, 09:20 PM
I've used remote disk both times in the last year that I've needed an optical disk on my Air :)

BornAgainMac
Feb 18, 2011, 09:52 PM
It is a shame external DVD drives were not like this superdrive maybe 8 years ago. I really like it bus powered and so small. It seems like a waste to have it for extremely rare usage.

Chip NoVaMac
Feb 18, 2011, 10:10 PM
^^^^

+1

Right on! Wish it would work with the other Mac's out there as a replacement for dead ones ones in our iMac or MBP's. :(

hfg
Feb 18, 2011, 11:32 PM
There are plenty of Netbook USB DVD drives available new for $30 or so which will work fine with the Air. They are bus powered and just about as small as the Apple one, but not made out of aluminum.

nfl46
Feb 19, 2011, 12:51 PM
I use it often to burn CD's and DVD's. Definitely worth the $80, but if you can get an external DVD drive for cheaper, go with that.

1rottenapple
Feb 19, 2011, 04:14 PM
I use it to copy dvds like once a month to my mba. I bought it used on amazon 2 yrs back for like $50. Sold my rev a and rev b. Took a break from the mba and moved to the regular sized mbp and mb, but kept the superdrive external made for the mba from apple in the close. then when the 11 in came out, I used the superdrive again, all dusty from the closet downstairs...

IMO I say just look for a deal but its not necessary to buy right away.

jenzjen
Feb 19, 2011, 04:58 PM
Just look at eBay or CL and find a used one for $40-50. I use it maybe 2x year when I reinstall software.

Miss Terri
Feb 19, 2011, 05:19 PM
^^^^

+1

Right on! Wish it would work with the other Mac's out there as a replacement for dead ones ones in our iMac or MBP's. :(

The Apple Superdrive that you can order to go with the MBA wouldn't work on another Mac latop or desktop that had the correct port? (Not sure which port it uses.)

hfg
Feb 19, 2011, 06:18 PM
The Apple Superdrive that you can order to go with the MBA wouldn't work on another Mac latop or desktop that had the correct port? (Not sure which port it uses.)

The Apple SuperDrive required a "high power" USB port which the original Air had just for this purpose. Some drives require 2 USB ports in order to draw enough current to run them reliably, the Air only had a single port, so they made it capable of supplying higher current than normal. This prevents the Apple SuperDrive from working with other Mac computers which lack this higher powered port.

hfg
Feb 19, 2011, 06:21 PM
Just look at eBay or CL and find a used one for $40-50. I use it maybe 2x year when I reinstall software.

You can buy NEW ones on Amazon for less than that. Look for Netbook accessories and you will find small portable optical drives for $30-40 new.

jenzjen
Feb 19, 2011, 06:43 PM
You can buy NEW ones on Amazon for less than that. Look for Netbook accessories and you will find small portable optical drives for $30-40 new.

Apples and oranges; OP asked about the SuperDrive.

hfg
Feb 19, 2011, 07:28 PM
Apples and oranges; OP asked about the SuperDrive.

Sorry ... I thought he asked if there was "anyway around that" to having to purchase a SuperDrive. :rolleyes:

simeezee
Feb 19, 2011, 08:08 PM
I personally don't install any programs from a CD or DVD. I think the only time I will need a external drive is the day I want to dual boot Win 7.

Xeperu
Feb 20, 2011, 08:26 AM
Optical media is so 2000 and late.

I cannot wait till it dies off.

RDRoe
Feb 20, 2011, 08:53 AM
It depends. If you have another Mac such as a MacPro or a MacBook Pro you can use that CD to burn the app to a USB using carbon Copy. I used that for iWork, Office, and several other smaller programs. I have a MBP 15 i5 for development, MPro 8 core for true hardcore development, and MBA 11" for travel.

No, would I buy it? Yep. Because it is cool! Perfectly made, aluminum drive that is the peak of tech manufacturing. :D

Psilocybin
Feb 20, 2011, 08:54 AM
whens the last time i installed something from a dvd/cd? i havent...would i waste my money on a superdrive than? he** no:D

2IS
Feb 20, 2011, 01:06 PM
It's nice to have, though I would grab a $30 unit from newegg. They've got plenty that are bus powered. They're not as nice as the superdrive but they serve the same purpose at half the cost. I don't have a need for it often, but the few times I did, it was nice to have and way more convenient than any alternative option. Came in especially useful when installing windows 7 via bootcamp.

alfmil
Feb 21, 2011, 09:48 AM
Do you think the Lion upgrade will come through the App Store - or on a USB memory stick?:cool:

Fishrrman
Feb 21, 2011, 11:22 AM
Rather than purchase the Apple SuperDrive, it might be worth looking around for a "generic" DVD/CD external drive with both a USB2 port _AND_ an external power supply.

This should be usable with ANY computer, and not just the MacBook Air.