External DVD questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rtan, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. rtan macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2014
    So, with my new MacBook Pro, now I don't have a DVD drive. I'm looking to get an external DVD drive to be used occasionally. Most of them are USB 2.0. Is that fast enough? Will the MBP able to power the DVD drive?
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    USB 2.0 is plenty fast enough. DVD drives aren't all that fast.
  3. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    MBP can power the dvd drive. DVDs read at maybe 5 MB/s, and USB 2.0 interface is about 28 MB/s, so it is more than enough. Don't pay extra for the apple one. Just get a $30 one that says it is compatible with OSX.
  4. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    You may want to consider an external Blu-ray as they are not that much more. With some various third party solutions, you can play disks.

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