Optical Drive and External HD for MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by thenecropolist, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. thenecropolist macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2013
    Hi Everyone,

    I just bought a new MBA, and I'm looking for a good optical drive for it. It is surprising hard to find reviews and good rankings on google and the various forums that I've searched.

    I'd like something that's pretty fast (USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, I don't know if these are possibilities) with the ability to read and write DVD/CDs (maybe even Blue-Ray if it's not too expensive). I'll be keeping this at home, so it can have a separate power connector if necessary.

    In terms of a HD, Is there a good Thunderbolt series besides the LaCie rugged SSD ones? I've read really mixed reviews on these and they don't actually have that much space (I think 128 GB or something like that).

    Thanks for your help,

  2. mattferg macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2013
    You don't need thunderbolt or USB 3.0 for DVD/CD reader, they don't max out USB2
  3. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Optical drive? What's that? :p

    Just get a cheap one on Amazon. Many to choose from.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    Forgive my presumptionsnes that an external drive's primary purpose is massive storage, you not crunching gigabytes of data 24x7 are you? I would not spend the $$$ for an external SSD, but if u got the dough, go for it.
  5. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    i agree - i just bought a 2gig WD My Passport device for $140 shipped on Amazon. I love it, and it's small enough i can take it with me if i want.
    I wouldn't pay for TB or external SSD but to each his own.

    As for external optical just get one the cheapest highest ratest ones on Amazon or something similar.

    You can get a DVD+/- RW for $30-$40.
  6. Dr Charter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    I'd go with a 1TB Seagate Backup Plus USB3 portable HD. You can get a thunderbolt adapter for that later if you really want one. I bought one but I honestly can't tell the difference from USB3 for what I do (iTunes/iPhoto).

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