External optical drive (Superdrive)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fares.f, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. fares.f macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    Recently my Mac's superdrive has started ejecting media without playing them, chews on the disc for about 30-60 seconds then ejects it... I dunno why but I'm hesitating to take to a service center (since I had it, it's never been opened and for some reason I'm fearing that if it gets opened, sthg else might get screwed up (silly maybe, well...)

    Anyway, if I was to consider getting an external optical drive, which one would you guys recommend and why?

    Thanks in advance for all the possible replies.
     
  2. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Go for a Lite-On. They are reputable, Dell uses the internal version in practically everything and every Dell I've had has had a Lite-On, cheap, and do everything that the more expensive ones do.

    Just make sure it has OS X drivers.

    Nearly forgot -- A SuperDrive = DVD-RW read/write (+ and -).
     
  3. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    You can open it up your self and replace the SuperDrive. Or take it to the Apple Store and pay a $1 billion for it.
     
  4. fares.f thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for ur post, any advice if I was to get an external one with firewire?
     
  5. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    FW is even better than USB, but are a bit more expensive and a bit harder to find. If you can't find a FW one, USBs are fine.

    Also, get the highest write speed for DVD-RW possible.

    If it isn't too expensive, get one with LightScribe. I think that Toast has support for that.
     
  6. fares.f thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thx, will surely get one with Firewire; besides LaCie, what other brands are there?
     
  7. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Lite-On is my favorite, but Iomega is pretty good.

    Lite-On is cheaper though.

    Also, look for a double layer, or DL, drive.
     
  8. fares.f thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Noted, thank you!
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have owned the Samsung SE-S084B; plug-and-play on the Mac and it's bus powered.
     
  10. fares.f thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok thx, but can u boot from it if it's not Firewire? (from install disc)
     

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