3rd party external drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by alaibubu, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. alaibubu macrumors member

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    I've already searched and can't seem to find a straight answer.

    I have an LG 16x external drive. Will this work with the MBA for tasks such as installing system software?

    For that matter, apart from unpowered dvd drives, what else does not work with the MBA's USB port.


    Thank you.
     
  2. rom macrumors regular

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    You tell us. Just hook it up and then try it - then post here. :D
     
  3. alaibubu thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't own an MBA, yet. I am still pondering the purchase for my wife. If I had one, I would have tested it already. Our mac store is not located at a convenient distance from where I am staying so I can't test it there. I don't know anyone who has bought one either.
     
  4. rom macrumors regular

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    Ah, unfortunately, I don't have that drive either. :)

    However, I have heard that it works with the MBA but you need to power it externally.
     
  5. Abq-Pete macrumors newbie

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    It should work so long as it is an externally powered unit. I've tried several without any problems (Plextor, Benq, Samsung, etc.). I've used them to burn discs, install software, and reinstall Leopard (to reduce the junk on the drive). Sure beats using remote drive in terms of speed and ease...
     
  6. alaibubu thread starter macrumors member

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    Just the answer I was looking for, thank you. The way Apple presented it, the reviews and the complains made it seemed the only option for the MBA was Apple's own external drive and through remote drive.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The question isn't whether it will work, (any USB drive should read and write) it's whether it will be bootable.
     
  8. Abq-Pete macrumors newbie

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    The last one I tested (Benq) booted no problem with the Leopard Install disc (make sure you hold down the OPTION key while it boots). Then you can see what will work or not. I did the reinstall to reduce the bloat...
     
  9. riyadc2 macrumors newbie

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    I use my Xbox 360 HDDVD drive with my macbook air all the time, and it works perfectly.
     
  10. riyadc2 macrumors newbie

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    I used my Xbox 360 HDDVD drive to install windows xp using bootcamp and it worked fine.
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    .... except for that nasty dual-click problem on "Submit" buttons... ;)
     

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