Alternatives to Superdrive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by scrummy, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. scrummy macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2011
    Hey all,

    Can anyone out there recommend a less expensive alternative to the superdrive Apple offers?

  2. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
  3. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    I have a superdrive mainly cause of the look for my desktop area, but I do have a cheap dvd drive from Target that I picked up for like $30-40 and it works just fine....
  4. summitRun macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2011
  5. buddybd macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2011
    I have the ASUS one in white, works perfectly :)
  6. mrbell1984 macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2011
    I use a stock Samsung drive. No external power needed but the Super Drives are nice !
  7. CHSeifert macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark - Scandinavia
    Basically all DVD USB External drives will work.

    Superdrive is just a fancy word for nothing special but an Apple made DVD drive with USB ;)
  8. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
    I just returned an HP external drive to Best Buy because the drivers weren't compatible and it caused kernel panics any time I'd leave it plugged in.

    Most drives will work, but there are some exceptions. Unfortunately, I don't think there's really a way to know which ones don't without trying them out.
  9. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    now if you want real speed buy a plexter external. though it needs power. it is about 2x the speed of the superdrive thats 2x in real use.
  10. richlee111 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
  11. tootall macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2011
    Quebec, Canada
    If you own another mac with a drive, use that one by connecting with a firewire... cheapest option of all...
  12. archangelg macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2011
    Anybody have another alternative with a Blu-ray reader or writer (for those who may use a Bootcamp/Parallel Windows?)
  13. GeekGuys macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009
    I know from experience that LG Ultra drives do not work with Mac OS X.
    Typical as this was one I had already so ended up buying a Super Drive anyway.

    Anyone else had problems with the USB cable splitting next to the drive body (where it bends most I guess). Mine went after about 4 months. Never got round to returning it and that was 2 years ago now !!!!!
  14. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    One thing I don't like on the Samsung drive is you need to plug it in 2 USB ports. No power required. The SuperDrive is nice, but pricey. However only needs one USB to work.
  15. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    It seems from reviews that some of these drives come with dual-USB cables but will work fine with a single connection. I have a Rosewill drive on order from Newegg (was on sale @ $25) which is reported to be this way. Will post when I get it and determine if it's true.

    I so rarely need optical that if it does require two USB, it won't be a big deal. Hope it'll be fine with one though. :)
  16. gibsonjv, Sep 6, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2011

    gibsonjv macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
  17. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    Not if you're connecting it to a MacBook Air... (no FireWire).
  18. ts3, Sep 6, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2011

    ts3 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    I have a Samsung & it works fine with just one USB plugged in. Just make sure to plug in the main and not the secondary one. Samsung sells separately extension cables that let you to plug in both USBs but I'm too cheap for that :D

    In theory it might be running more slowly with one USB than with two but as far as I'm concerned it doesn't make much difference for uploading music or watching DVDs. YMMV.
  19. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Newegg has the Asus for $20 after $10 rebate. Not bad for the price.
  20. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
  21. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I looked at 3rd party drives and in the end end, even though it cost twice as much, I just got the Superdrive. Never have to worry about compatibility and frankly, some of the other drivers were butt-ugly - not that is a real big deal as I rarely use the drive.
  22. macfly4 macrumors member


    Apr 15, 2011
    i got a dvd writer from samsung from new egg for about #30. nice bonus is that i can play region 2 dvd's with it and attached to my plasma through the thunderbolt to hdmi cord.
    think amusing also has a blu ray reader/dvd writer for about $80
  23. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    I know Apple doesn't like Blueray and all.

    But i have a Blueray drive and a USB adapter for it (universal adapter for all connection variants).

    Would the apple be able to use it? I know i wont be able to play movies within OSx, but possibly in Windows?
  24. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    I received the drive this morning, used a basic A-to-B cable I had handy instead of of the dual-usb cable it shipped with.

    Seems to read CDs and DVDs (data & video) just fine. Haven't had a chance to try burning anything. Happy with my $25 purchase.
  25. JTravers macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2010
    I think you can rip blurays in OS X using MakeMKV or something similar.

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