Replace mid-2011 bad dvd drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Minding, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. Minding macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    My mid-2011 iMac DVD drive is kaputz. To avoid repair costs I was going to buy a SuperDrive but I read it can't be used if a system has an internal DVD drive. Is this correct and, if so, are there any alternatives?

    Many thanks,
    George
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    You want to purchase a USB SuperDrive to use with your iMac? It won't work by default, but there are ways around it.
     
  3. Minding thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was hoping so. What might they be or where can I find them?
     
  4. Minding thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I'll take a look.

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    This solution is somewhat unsatisfactory because it can require a new fix each time Apple updates iOS. As a default, it's good enough and I'm grateful to have this solution.

    I was hoping for a permanent fix. Perhaps that can only come from Apple.

    This all seems so silly when Apple could so easily allow SuperDrive to work.

    George
     
  5. Minding thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone know if the iMac will recognize other vendors' DVD drives?

    Georege
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    Other vendor's USB optical drives work without a problem with all USB equipped Macs.
     
  7. Minding thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My alternative ... which allowed me to install Windows and some other software without a DVD drive ... can be found at http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203909

    I did not use BootCamp, but adapted the process by creating an installation file that I transferred wirelessly to my iMac.

    Kind regards,
    George
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

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    You don't need to buy an Apple-labeled external DVD drive.

    Just about any DVD/CD/Bluray USB drive will work.

    Considerably less expensive, as well.
     
  9. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    Yes, pick up a USB DVD drive off Amazon for about 20 bucks. There's even an Amazon model I bought for 13 bucks. Avoid the Apple rip off one though for 70 bucks.
     

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