Recommend A DVD Drive for Mac Mini Please

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by asimmd, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    HI All

    I understand that I don't have to buy the Apple External DVD Drive,so could you recommend one that is compatible with the Mac Mini.

    Which one do you use?

    Thanks

    Alan
     
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    I'd say any one you find on amazon or microcenter. DVD drive are for the most part just generic components.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply

    As this is my very first Mac,I am not sure which components are Mac specific.

    Off to Amazon to have a look.

    Alan
     
  4. macrumors member

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    I just picked up the 'Blu-Ray USB External Player' from Amazon this week. Reads Blu-Ray, reads and burns DVDs for about $50 with free shipping. I plugged it into my Mini, and it worked right out of the box. It's powered off the USB bus, so that's one less cord that I have to worry about. Very pleased so far.
     
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  7. macrumors 68020

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    Thumbs down from me. You can get slimline, USB-powered drives for half as much from Amazon and Newegg. Smaller, lighter, cheaper, and fewer cables.
     
  8. Kaloman, Nov 16, 2012
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    It's not that big, it is only about $20 more, has some nice software, and it's faster. People use their drives only a very small fraction of the time that they are on the computer, so having it's own power supply that you can turn off is a good thing. Opposed to having it bus powered and on at all times. :D
     
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    I have one of these ..... Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS 8 x DVD+/-RW Slim Portable External DVD Writer - Black. Currently £21.74 on Amazon including the postage. Works a treat, Im very happy with it.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Sean

    Just ordered the Samsung,it's always nice to hear from someone
    who actualy has one.

    Alan
     
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    Same here. IMO, this Samsung DVD Writer is to be highly recommended, even without the relatively low price. I've had no issues with it since buying my Mac Mini over a year ago.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks gregorsamsa

    Nice to know it gets a seal of approval from 2 users.

    It's always difficuly buying something priced as well as this,it's not
    possible to know if it is a good buy until you actually get it.

    Alan
     
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    Thanks, but you're welcome!

    By the by, as much as some people resented Apple getting rid of the previous Mini's internal optical drive, from what I've read, they tended to be one of the first parts to develop a fault in an otherwise highly reliable computer.

    Also, the repairs were hardly worth the money if falling outside of Apple Care warranty.

    These Samsung drives seem reliable enough + the extra space any external DVD drive takes up is fairly negligible. I've no complaints.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    My manager gave me one he had laying around the office (no telling how long) to use with my Mac mini work station. It's Dell branded and works well. Just sucks as it takes up two USB ports.
     

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