Can any USB external drive work on iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MrMister111, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    I'm waiting (like lots!) for the new iMac. Obviously it doesn't come with a superdrive.

    Can any external USB drive work with iMac's? Will the new iMac be any different?

    I won't use one often, but was thinking ebay maybe get either Apple one or another make?

    I think sales might go up for these once the new iMacs are out

    Cheers
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    I have used loads of different USB drives (mostly Hard Drives, pen drives and also a DVD reader) and have never come across any problems accessing them from any iMac or Mac Mini.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    I think he's talking about DVD/CD/BluRay drives...
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It is yes, I'm after a DVD read/writer possibly for the new iMac for the very odd time I would use it
     
  5. macrumors member

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    I'm interested in the answer to this question as well. I'm thinking of getting a new iMac (my first Mac) - and I actually already have an external USB CD-ROM that I've used to install software on a netbook.

    It would be great if I could just whip this thing out anytime I might need to install something from a disc (although, on the spot right now, I can't think of when that might be - but it would be a nice option).
     
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    There are lots of portable DVD/CD burners available for around $30 on sale which are made to support the NetBook computers. I suspect most of them will work with the Mac without any problems. There have been some threads posted here with specific examples, but I have had success with an Asus and a Rosewill branded units purchased from Amazon and Newegg.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, virtually any of them work. I use an LG Blu-ray burner, USB 2 interface, and it works perfectly right out of the box, no drivers or anything needed. (obviously OS X has no BR playback support but you can rip and burn BR discs just fine, as well as DVD+/-R/RW discs and CD/CD-R/CD-RW discs.) The built-in optical drive on my Mac never gets used anymore... why would it? You'll be in great shape with a 2012 iMac and an external USB optical drive.
     
  8. MrMister111, Nov 6, 2012
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    thread starter macrumors 65816

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B005N2UE2O/ref=aa_ol_d?qid=1352286287&sr=8-1http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B005N2UE2O/ref=aa_ol_d?qid=1352286287&sr=8-1Found a couple of Samsung ones for about £30. They run off USB so should be fine?

    Would this one be ok?
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-SE-208AB-Portable-External-Writer/dp/B005N2UE2O/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

    I've ordered this one, cost £21 not bad for what I'll use it with...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B005N2UE2O/ref=aa_ol_d?qid=1352286287&sr=8-1
     

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