Have you regretted not having cd/dvd drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bklyn bruiser, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. bklyn bruiser, Dec 21, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2011

    bklyn bruiser macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    Looking to Finally purchase my first Mac... Only 1 question... Is there anyone who owns a Macbook Air that can say that there has been any time u regretted not having a cd/dvd drive??? Thats my only concern right now..
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can always buy an external DVD drive like this, or use a drive on another computer like this.

    Also, you may have better success in attracting responses to your thread, and you'll make your thread easier to find for those searching for the same answers, if you follow this tip.
  3. joshuaginter macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    I think I have regretted not having a DVD drive once in the last 6 months. And then I realized I could just download what I already had.

    $80 for an external drive is really not that expensive if you find optical media essential to your digital life.
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Haven't used a DVD or CD since I got high speed internet years ago. Haven't regretted it at all, in fact, I'm loving the weight reduction from its absence.
  5. mrcsmcln macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    I am a full-time college student majoring in computer science and while I do not own a MBA, I have had a 13-inch MBP since April 2010. I very rarely use the SuperDrive and never have I encountered a situation that necessitated its use. I could probably count the number of times I've used it on one hand.

    That being said, I never purchase hard media. All my music is from iTunes and all my software is from either the App Store or another online vendor. When I share content, I do so exclusively online as I find burning to a disc both tedious and wasteful.

    If my SuperDrive were to malfunction tomorrow, there's a good chance I wouldn't pay for its repair and I certainly wouldn't be losing any sleep over it.
  6. bklyn bruiser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    TY for the responses. Very helpful.. And GGJ, thanx for the advice. I will be sure to use that tip..
  7. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Evidently, you didn't like GGJ's tip enough to actually follow it. Your post still has the lousy title.

  8. DocNYz macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    East Coast, USA
    Although I use my super drive a lot to burn large media files (e.g. HD and 3D HD video), unless you have a very specific reason like that to use the drive, most people really like not having it as it reduces weight, size, noise etc.

    If you find you do need one at some point, as previously mentioned you can always get an external, and I'd even recommend getting an external Blu-ray drive/burner that will also play DVDs and CDs but have the ability to store huge amounts of data and, with enough workaround, read Blu-rays if you're ever so inclined.
  9. daonesteven macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    i'm actually confused, besides the fact that TC could have circumvented this topic altogether by searching, how could he have made topic title not lousy? Examples?
  10. larmende macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Looking at the size of the superdrive I understand why they took it out. It looks bulky next to the air. For my day to day use I am happy it isn't in there, and I don't use it at all.

    But picked one up this week because I am going to visit some family, and there isn't much to do except watching DVD. I for that reason I spend the extra £66, but for nothing else yet.
  11. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    no … not at all
  12. tomaseriksson macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2010
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Not even once for me. I do have to note that the dvd-drive broke on my previous macbook pro so I was already used to not having a optical drive.

    But to answer your question, I don't miss it at all.
  13. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I miss it about once every 6 months, if that. Thats not worth lugging around the hardware every day.
  14. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Once in a blue moon, but I find it a necessity when I do need it.
  15. Big D 51 macrumors 6502a

    Big D 51

    Jan 15, 2011
    Mobile, AL
  16. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I do have the external drive for the rare occasions I want/need one
    Usually for ripping a DVD at home

    But I love my MBA and prefer not having the drive to carry around in it
    The portability is amazing
  17. eowl macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2011
    I've only regretted not having a CD drive once and I found out I could download it from the internet anyway so it was no big deal.
  18. Savorn macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2011
    Thought I would miss it when I bought my Air, but I haven't yet. And otherwise I will purchase an external drive :)
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    After flynz4 posted that, the OP changed the title. You're looking at the changed title. The previous one gave no indication what topic was being discussed.
  20. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
  21. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Yesterday my wife's sister came over to burn CDs off of my wife's iTunes library.

    I'm not sure what mystified me more - the fact that she physically came to get the music rather than doing dropbox/other means of file sharing or that they were burning the playlists to CDs for the sister to put on her iTunes at home.

    Sometimes we forget that not everyone is on the cutting edge like we are.

    And no, I haven't missed the optical drive at all.
  22. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Looking back, I noticed that I replied 7 minutes after the OP's reply to you. He might have been changing the title while I was posting my flippant response. My apologies if my response was premature. It just seemed odd at the time that he thanked you for teaching him how to write a better title... but then not doing it.

  23. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    I haven't regretted it at all. I can't remember the last time I even used a cd/dvd drive to be honest...well, ok, when I did a full wipe/re-install of another laptop I own. That's it though.
  24. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    If you don't need a burner, here's a cheap one that works well with my 2011 MBA.


    I paid $29 when it was in stock from Amazon, it looks like it's a bit more from 3rd party sellers currently. However, you can find good quality read-only units for around $30 from several sources.

    Here's a $31 one from Newegg:


    For portability, get one (like the above ones) that runs on USB power. You don't want to have to mess with a power brick.
  25. mofoliar macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2010
    i have only had my MBA for not even 2 months, but dont miss 1 at all, thats what my pc is for...

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