iMac 2012: boot from external USB ODD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by FFabian, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. FFabian macrumors member

    FFabian

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    #1
    I got one of the new 2012 27" iMacs without optical disc drive.

    I need an ODD for various reasons (****** internet connection e.g.). After seeing that for the price of one Apple SuperDrive I can buy two (perhaps even three) non-Apple ODDs I settled on the Samsung Ultrabook-DVD Brenner SE-218BB/RSBS (Slim, USB 2.0) (4,5 stars average, minimalistic design, single USB cable needed). I had liked a slot loading drive, but a decent one doesn't seem available.

    Can I boot from a CD or DVD with this (or any other) ODD? Any experiences?
     
  2. FFabian thread starter macrumors member

    FFabian

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    #3
    That was fast. Thanks.
     
  3. xgman macrumors 601

    xgman

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    #4
    Some external drives won't boot for some reason on these new imacs and also mbp's. To be same get a Apple super drive.
     
  4. seanm9 macrumors regular

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    When the internal slot loading drive on my MBP c2d failed I bought a $50 LG drive with light scribe... It boots just fine and light scribe is really cool when you burn the labels on the drive
     

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