MacBook Air SuperDrive Compatibility

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by opinio, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    I have a MacBook Air Super Drive MC684ZM/A Model A1379.

    I understand it is compatible with the Macbook Air, but can anyone tell me the full compatibility list on this drive? Does it work on all Macs?

  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Its stated compatibility is Macbook Air and Mac Mini. Not sure if it works with iMac; if anything the cord might be a little too short.
  3. macalec macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    It also works on iMacs, Macbook Pros with retina screens. Pretty much every mac without a DVD drive.
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Make that any Mac period although if you have a built in drive I'm not sure why you would buy an expensive external....
  5. macalec macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    I dont think it is every mac, as the Drive requires more power than a standard USB drive.
  6. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Only Intell Mac's sold after the introduction of the Macbook Air and sold from Apple without an internal optical drive.

    All Macs starting with the mid-2007 iMac and late-2007 Macbook have at least one high power USB port. The drive itself does work just fine on 500ma ports though.
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Tell that to my 2006 Mac Mini that it can't use a SuperDrive...... Or my 2011 MacBook Pro for that matter. Both had internal opticals. Mac Minis is dead and the MacBook Pros was removed. Both work fine with a SuperDrive. The Mini was released well before the first Air. There is nothing special about a SuperDrive. It's just an external USB optical. All macs (okay intel anyway) can use these.
  8. rtheb macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008
    Check out this software hack

    Use the MacBook Air SuperDrive with (almost) any Mac

    The Extra Powered USB myth has been debunked years ago here:

    Just a heads up in case someone stumbles across that old thread and wants to attempt the hardware hack.

    Be sure to use the 2009 version of this drive.

    The 2010 version (new version) now has an integrated controller that can’t be removed as discussed in that thread.

    The newer drive packing box is larger and is now labeled with the 2010 date.

    The 2009 Model Number: MB397G/A

    The 2010 Model Number: MC684ZM/A
  9. Big Ron macrumors 6502

    Big Ron

    Dec 7, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I have this drive attached to my 2012 21" IMac and apart from the short cable, it performs faultlessly.
  10. Team Timm macrumors regular

    May 17, 2012
    I have it connected to my 2012 mac mini, works perfectly.
  11. rtkane macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2010
    Worked fine on my 2009 iMac using the software mod rtheb mentions in his post.

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