Powered USB-C not enough for DVD Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by breggie, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. breggie macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2015

    i upgraded my macbook Air 2013 to the new macbook. Happy so far, especially with El Cap (only Office 2016 with my large PPT is crap).

    I need a DVD drive to import files to osirix (dicom reader). My LG GP08NU20 worked flawless with my old macbook air, but does not work with the USB-C Adapter. Not even, when i use a powerboat on the Y cable.
    Any solutions. Which drive would work?

    Sharing the drive is not an option, since i want to sell the macbook air.
    Thanks for any suggestion.
  2. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2013
    The USB-C is drawing power from the rMB's battery which isn't enough to power the external DVD drive
  3. breggie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2015
    So you can not connect any dvd drive to USB-c?
  4. kazibole macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2015
    You'll need a DVD drive with its own power cable, or another option would be a powered USB hub (with its own power cable) and use your existing DVD drive.
  5. johnparjr macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    Or buy an Apple superdrive it works fine
  6. Nychot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    I have a small 3rd party dvd and it works perfectly with the rmb taking power just from the computer. used it to load office. it was half the price, around $35 at BB, of the apple dvd drive mentioned above. i just used a standard usb=c adapter that cost $6.00 on amazon.

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