Question on external optical drive/superdrive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by JamSandwich, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. JamSandwich macrumors regular

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    Hey folks,

    Just curious if there are any capabilities you miss out on with a Mini/external superdrive, and if there are any downfalls to a Mac-compatible external DVD writer.

    I remember reading something in the past about not being able to burn/rip certain forms of media, but I really have no idea how credible that information was. But with a refresh apparently coming, I'll ultimately have a big choice as to whether I upgrade to a new setup using a Mini or another iMac.

    Was hoping I could just search for this, but with searching currently disabled, I thought I'd pose it in the simplest terms I could.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    External ODDs are quite okay, they do not need to be Mac OS X compatible. I once purchased an LG ODD (DVD writer) in 2007 and used it with my 2004 iBook and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger quite okay. I ripped several video DVDs, audio CDs and burned several data DVDs (over a hundred or so) without problems, except with incompatible DVD media (incompatible with the drive, not with the OS).
    The only limitation I know is with region codes for DVDs, but that is the same with internal ODDs.
    And for search you can always use MRoogle.
     
  3. henchman macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought a SuperDrive external on eBay for $50
     
  4. Team Timm macrumors regular

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    SuperDrive is amazing. Cost a bit more than other competitors but if your desk is all apple, why not make it complete with a SuperDrive.

    But yes, other drives should work with no problem with no missing features except not looking as sleek.
     
  5. theRAMman macrumors regular

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    what i dont get is why superdrives are so expensive. You could pick up an USB driver for as little as £20
     
  6. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    Because they can.
     
  7. Team Timm macrumors regular

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    Because it's Apple and it matches... Duhhh.
     
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    I use an external Blu-Ray Player/DVD Burner for my Optical drive. The only thing I lost using it, is that iDVD won't play DVD's from it. However, VLC seems to fix that just fine for the few I needed it for. I couldn't justify buying a Superdrive when for a few bucks more I could get a white Blu-Ray Reader.... I have both a "slim" one for my Macbook Air and a normal Desktop Blu-Ray Reader/DVD Burner for my Mac Mini....
     
  9. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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    The guts of the purty Apple Super Drive is the same poorly-constructed DVD drive that the company has been using for years. If any hardware component is going to break with regular use it will be the so-called Super Drive...

    Save some money and buy another external drive. There are some highly rated DVD drives available from Amazon for $40-$50.
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Plextor, Plextor, Plextor or maybe LG. Apple uses cheaper Optiarc (Sony, now out of business) or Matsu****a (Panasonic) drives. High on DRM, low on quality.
     

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