Macbook Air Superdrive compatibility

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by buddha86, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. buddha86 macrumors newbie

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    I've been doing some searching and can't seem to get a proper answer. I want to know if the previous gen external Superdrive (MC684ZM/A) is compatible with the new Retina Macbook Pros. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    It's just an external optical drive, so I can't see why it wouldn't work on any laptop.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it's compatible.
     
  4. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Unless Apple just changed something recently, the external Superdrive only works with the Apple computers that have no ODD built in; Macbook Air, Mac mini, and now the new Retina MBP.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Use the MacBook Air SuperDrive with (almost) any Mac
     
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It requires more power than an ordinary DVD drive, and so it won't work if plugged into some older Macs or a Windows PC.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's interesting to know! How much more power?
     
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I think a standard USB port generates 5W, while USB ports in Macs that lack optical drives put out 10W, so it is somewhere in between 5-10.
     
  9. marzer macrumors 65816

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    I guess, but that's a hack not as supported by Apple.

    I would probably try that myself but I don't think most consumers would be interested in hacking system files to get a piece of hardware to run. And then there's the risk of being rendered useless by future OS releases. It wouldn't take much for Apple to do away with such a simple flag setting.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I was simply making that info available to those who might wish to use it.
     
  11. marzer macrumors 65816

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    I may try that if I find an inexpensive used Apple drive.
     

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