External DVDRW Drives?

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  1. Fritzables macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    My iMac is placed in such away that if I need to gain access to the DVD drive, I need to swivel it around on the desk to get at it.

    So, the plan is to get an external unit and plug it into a USB port.

    What I am finding though is that the majority of the drives say their supported OS is Windows based with no mention of Mac or Linux.

    Can I used one of these drives on a Mac?

    Fritzables
     
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    In my experience, I haven't come across an external optical drive that didn't "just work" on a Mac.
     
  3. Tortri macrumors 6502a

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    practically any ol' external dvd drive will work, plug and play.
     
  4. Samuriajackon macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the Hardware is probably gonna work just fine, but A better way of asking is to say, "Does the bundled software support Mac OSX"? Do you wanna burn stuff or just read?
     
  5. arogge macrumors 65816

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    DVD Player?

    Did the problem of the Apple DVD Player software refusing to work with external DVD drives ever get fixed?
     
  6. Tortri macrumors 6502a

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    Forgot about that, good point!

    Last I checked no, you can hack the dvd player software or just use Video Lan.
     
  7. Samuriajackon macrumors 6502

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    I know for a FACT that using a MacBook Air External drive wasn't meant to work with other OSX products.
     
  8. Fritzables thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea Samuriajackon, I need to burn stuff.
     
  9. arogge macrumors 65816

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    Try the OWC selection.
     
  10. Fritzables thread starter macrumors regular

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