Need to find external DVD Drives other than SuperDrives that can be booted?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by timidhermit, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. timidhermit macrumors regular

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    I am trying to find an external DVD drive to replace the Superdrive becuase I need a drive wth a physical eject button.

    I need this DVD drive to be recognized by my MacBook Air 2011 model, to which I can boot in order to use an imaging problem on the booting DVD to do partition backups.

    The problem is that the imaging software (Paragon) I am using assumes I can eject the disc physically, so that it often does not give any option to "soft" eject the disc.

    Can someone give me some recommendations of tested/compatible models of USB Writable DVD Drives? I have read a previous thread on this, but the explanation there was incomplete, and it is mentioned there that HP branded DVD drives may not be compatible.

    Help?
     
  2. snowwhite007 macrumors 6502

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    Use the xbox 360 external HD dvd drive works fine and costs around £10 $8
     
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    Use the xbox 360 external HD dvd drive works fine.
     
  4. timidhermit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Interesting choice... but sadly this is not a drive that I have access to. Also, this drive has been discontinued by Microsoft long ago. :(

     
  5. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

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    I have a Samsung external drive for my old netbook which let me boot from the disc. It has a physical eject button too.
     

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