Cd/dvd drive recommendations

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  1. Tidy macrumors newbie

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    Hi - recently bought a new iMac (exciting times as my previous one was rather old!) however went to load a cd into iTunes and duh! No cd/dvd drive! Which accessory do people recommend? The Apple one gets terrible reviews for being expensive and very slow. I don’t want to spend a fortune as I only use it occasionally for loading cds (don’t laugh - I know I’m old school!) and maybe burning cd/DVDs. Really appreciate your advice.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    There are plenty of external USB DVD/CD drives out there.
    Very reasonably priced.
    You DON'T need to pay extra for the Apple SuperDrive, in fact I would suggest you avoid it.

    I would suggest you take a little time and investigate several drives.
    The reason is that =some drives= (not all) require a "double USB connection" in order to have sufficient power. That means they come with a "y-cable" (2 USB connectors on the Mac end, 1 on the drive end) that pulls enough power from the Mac to run the drive.
    Read the user reviews carefully to find out if a drive needs this or not.
    The drive I have (Samsung 506 series) does not (but it's no longer made).
     
  3. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    As Fisherman says, some externals need two USB ports. I got a cheap one from Amazon that was sized just right for my 2009 mini, which I still use with my iMac. According to System Information it has a Vendor ID of "ASMedia Technology Inc." It is a combination Blu-ray reader/DVD burner and has worked fine reading CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, as well as writing CDs and DVDs. I have used it without the second USB port plugged in, so maybe it only needs the extra power when burning. Now I have a new USB 3 hub with two power-only ports so I have the second USB plugged into one of those. If you read reviews online, just look for drives where users have said they have had success using it with a Mac. There should e lots to choose from.
     
  4. Tidy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Many thanks

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    Many thanks

     
  5. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    lol no DVDs since 2012 thought ther word would have gotten round in six years!

    I got a cheap Samsung optical drive and it has dual USB connectors so make sure you ha ve the ports or a dock.
     
  6. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    I have an Apple Superdrive - which I have had for years and never used it!!! Keep meaning to sell it but cant be bothered!
    If I was to buy one now, I'd go for a generic Samsung, as mentioned above.
     

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