Superdrive a necessity

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lolafalana, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I guess if I want to install software on my MBA, I need to purchase a Superdrive? No way around this?
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    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
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Superdrive

    Any external DVD drive will work. I have an LG.
     
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    MacDawg

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    Or you can download directly from the App Store if available
     
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    bowlerman625

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    use mine about twice a year

    still glad I have one though
     
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    hfg

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    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.
     
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    MultiFinder17

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    I've used remote disk both times in the last year that I've needed an optical disk on my Air :)
     
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    BornAgainMac

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    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.
     
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    Chip NoVaMac

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    ^^^^

    +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. :(
     
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    hfg

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    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.
     
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    nfl46

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    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.
     
  12. macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  13. macrumors 68000

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    Just look at eBay or CL and find a used one for $40-50. I use it maybe 2x year when I reinstall software.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    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.)
     
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    hfg

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    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.
     
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    hfg

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    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.
     
  17. macrumors 68000

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    Apples and oranges; OP asked about the SuperDrive.
     
  18. hfg
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    hfg

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

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    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.
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    Optical media is so 2000 and late.

    I cannot wait till it dies off.
     
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    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
     
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    Psilocybin

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    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
     
  23. 2IS
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    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.
     
  24. macrumors regular

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    Do you think the Lion upgrade will come through the App Store - or on a USB memory stick?:cool:
     
  25. macrumors 603

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    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.
     

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