Best external CD/DVD drive for buck?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by soxguy17, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. soxguy17 macrumors newbie

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    Heyo.

    I used the search feature with not much luck. I just got my new (refurbished) rMBP yesterday and want to install Flight Simulator X (haven't played in too long) on my Windows partition, and then I realized I don't have a disc drive any more.

    Anybody have recommendations besides Apple's $80 one?
     
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    If you would get any use out of a Blu-Ray burner, I would highly recommend this one on Amazon, it's cheap, works great and OS X likes it (even DVD Player will play DVDs on it). The build quality isn't great, but I've had it for over a year and it works great.
     
  3. troop231 macrumors 603

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    This is the one you want http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00920VAJE/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

    It's USB 3 also! :) I've been using mine for over a year and it works flawlessly.
     
  4. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    USB 3 is huge overkill for a DVD drive. If it's not around a 6x or faster Blu-Ray drive running at full speed in that enclosure there's no need for USB 3, even USB 2 can handle that.
     
  5. troop231 macrumors 603

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    For Blu-Ray recording, the USB 3 does make it much faster.
     
  6. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    IF you have a ~6x or more drive.
     
  7. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Which I do :)
     
  8. soxguy17 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sweet! So it'll work just like the disc drive housed in my old Macbook with the addition of reading/writing Blu-Rays?

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    This looks like it's just an enclosure for a drive... which I don't have. Am I right?
     
  9. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    Yep, you got it!

    Yes, that's just an enclosure, you'd have to buy a drive as well.
     
  10. soxguy17 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome, my man. Thanks a lot! Definitely looks like a better option than Apple's offering.
     
  11. sabbyp macrumors regular

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    seeing as you already have a license for the disc, why not download the iso from somewhere - saving you $80 on buying an external drive...?
     

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