BEst budget dvd writer for 2019 iMac?

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  1. Paul-the-fifth macrumors newbie

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    i want to add an occasional use external dvd/cd drive to my new iMac. 2019 model. I don’t want to spend a fortune for the odd few times I need one. Any recommendations for a budget drive?
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68040

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    Check with Amazon.com. They have a large variety of external DVD drives from inexpensive to more expensive.
     
  3. Paul-the-fifth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. My problem is not all are compatible with the latest iMac models. I was hoping to draw on the experiences of members who have made recent purchases
     
  4. chscag macrumors 68040

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    Most external USB connected DVD drives are going to be compatible. Usually they're USB 2 with some that advertise as USB 3. Both types will work with your iMac. I currently have a inexpensive Samsung and a bit more expensive LG. Both work great with my 2017 27" 5K iMac.
     
  5. Paul-the-fifth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Useful info. Thanks
     
  6. TonyK macrumors 65816

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    I've not used it yet for writing but it has worked for ripping CDs into iTunes. The Apple USB Super Drive is a good value IMHO. Also have a LG Ultra Slim Portable Blu-ray writer purchased from Best Buy. With the right software you can view Blu-ray movies. But it requires 2 USB type-A ports (USB 2 or 3). Says it is Mac compatible right on the box. It reads the BR discs but can write to DVD (and also CD probably).
     
  7. Paul-the-fifth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Looks like I have plenty to choose from.
     
  8. tibas92013, May 13, 2019
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    Another very happy customer in which over the last four(4) years have bought two(2) Refurbished Apple Superdrives from the Apple Online Store in which I have burned over five hundred(500) copies of my extensive DVD original movie collection. Both of these superdrives are used on a weekly basis.

    Also, DVD Ripper Pro is the excellent application that i am using in burning my DVD's.
     
  9. Paul-the-fifth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That’s interesting tonyk. I hadn’t thought of refurbished kit. Good thought.
     
  10. TonyK macrumors 65816

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    Wasn't me talking about refurbished items. That was tibas92013.
     
  11. Paul-the-fifth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My mistake sorry. Senior moment!
     
  12. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Be aware that the Apple SuperDrive (by design) works on some Macs, but will not (easily) work on others.

    If you need a low-cost DVD/CD writer, buy a 3rd-party USB drive. Lower cost and the same functionality.
     
  13. TonyK macrumors 65816

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    Which makes will it not work with?
     
  14. chscag macrumors 68040

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    It's spelled out very clearly by Apple: All Macs that have a built in optical drive. The latest Apple SuperDrive is designed to work with those Macs that do not have a built in optical drive. I'm not sure if the older (previous model) Apple SuperDrive behaves the same way or not.
     
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    My AppleSuperDrive(s) works with My MM(Late 2012) and MM(2014) which both do not have built-in optical drives.
     
  16. chscag macrumors 68040

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    That's correct and exactly what we are saying. The latest Apple SuperDrive is designed to only work with those Macs which do not have a built in optical drive.
     
  17. Ashka macrumors 6502a

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    Used my original Apple SuperDrive with my 2018 15” MBPro. a couple of weeks ago to load music.
    Just needed to use a USB to USBC adapter.

    All ready answered :)
     
  18. Paul-the-fifth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I’m sorted now - bought an apple SuperDrive (cheaper in John Lewis)
     

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