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Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jp700p, Jul 27, 2011.
Anyone here buy the SuperDrive for your new MacBook Air? And if so, why dis you?
I bought a used one off eBay for under $50
I figured for the price it wasn't bad and I'd have it in case I wanted to burn a CD. Not that I do that often but you never know. Compared to various aftermarket drives none that I've seen looks as cool as the superdrive. The fact that it's aluminum just like my MBA is a big +
I wish I could use my iTunes gift card for it. (or can I )
Nope, and I don't really plan to. In the 9 months I've had my MBA, I haven't once had a need for an optical drive. And in the rare instance I will, Remote Disc will work just fine
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I got it just in case
Nope. I have no use for one at all. I don't think I've ever used the superdrive in my MacBook Pro and it seems even less likely that I'd want one for my MacBook Air.
I bought it when i bought my first MacBook Air a long time ago, i think i used it 3 times in the last 1.5 years.
I bought one 3.5 years ago with my original MacBook Air, but primarily use it to install Windows and my applications on my Boot Camp partition whenever I get a new MacBook Air. Since there's no real equivalent to Migration Assistant built into Windows, it can be useful there. Since I have it, I also use it occasionally to encode a CD or DVD, but that's pretty rare.
It's nice to have around the house, but I rarely use it and never travel with it.
Remote disc was my original intention but you can't burn / create audio disc via iTunes this way can you?
I use discs maybe twice a year so I skipped it
Yeah, I bought one last year. I can't remember why....I'm sure there was a specific reason, which is now lost to history. It was probably to re-install the OS on something.
Not only do I not remember why I bought it, I don't think I used it beyond the initial reason.
It seems strange and slightly frustrating that they only work with some Macs
it's USB after all. Otherwise I may have bought one, but haven't.
I thought I needed it to install Windows 7 in Bootcamp, turn out I didn't. But now I've found some good cheap boxed software in Amazon, and I moved my audio collection to my MBA, so being able to install software from CDs or burn music CDs are reasons to keep it.
I bought a dirt-cheap liteon external dvd drive instead. Cost me 20 quid (30 bucks) as opposed to 60...
I bought one with the first MBA in 2008. It still works just fine.
They only work with MBA - firmware setup this way.
There's a smll sanding that works
Apparently on amazon. It's $40.
I got it because I want to use the Air as my only laptop and do not want to have to use another laptop for CD/DVD sharing if I want to install something (Mac Office maybe), watch a DVD or rip a CD to my Air. And I bought it over a cheaper option because I had previously heard murmurs of problems with non Apple superdrives.
Not sure. I keep my music on my iPhone. I haven't tried burning a CD yet from my MBA, so I can't answer that question. Sorry.
I use mine quite a bit to load iwork keynote, office and burn audio disks for another car and boat.
Nope --- I have an external BD writer, and it it's backward compatible if I need to watch a DVD or load software. I also think the Apple SuperDrive is overpriced for what it's worth.
Nah I still have my Samsung external DVD drive. It has two usb cables (for more powah!) which are joined almost completely so I can't use both on the MBA. Works fine though.
I just used mine to burn a DVD of some photos I took. 3x used in 6 months.
Don't think i will bother with the superdrive as you can get a samsung off ebay for half the price
However i never use an optical drive. Only when installing Windows, but i just iso-ed the disc on another laptop and copied it over.
No. Bought a Samsung external DVD that works great. Under $40 on Amazon.