Super Drive with USB hub

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lnathan, May 11, 2008.

  1. lnathan macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2008
    Has anyone heard if someone has figured out a way to connect the SuperDrive (optical drive) to the MBA via a USB hub? If not, can someone recommend a good external optical drive that I can connect through the hub?

    I have a love/hate relationship with my macbook air. The fact that the Super Drive must be connected directly to the computer's only USB port is my biggest complaint.
  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    You can probably use the superdrive through a powered usb hub. Otherwise, there won't be enough power to power the superdrive. You can use pretty much any generic external drives, at least in my experience. Im using a external LG DVD+/-RW drive in a generic external 3.5" case.
  3. rom macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2006
    I will try this with a powered hub and see if it will work but I have doubts considering that powered USB hubs feed power that is insufficient for Apple's USB Superdrive.
  4. maestrokev macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2007
    Tried with a i-Rocks powered USB hub and no go.
  5. grandeabc macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2007
    Buffalo BHB4-U2a11 powered USB hub also doesn't work.:(
  6. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    The MBA SuperDrive has a higher power requirement than any port in a USB hub, powered or not, currently provides. Only the MBA's built-in USB port currently provides the necessary level of power required by the MBA SuperDrive.
  7. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    Does the MBA Superdrive have an additional USB port on it like 10-key pads do for connecting a HDD or anything?
  8. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream

    Basically, use of the MBA SuperDrive and use of any other USB devices of any type, including powered and non-powered hubs are mutually exclusive: You can use the SuperDrive, or you can use other stuff. Not both at the same time.
  9. marshgeo macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008

    I just got my Air and am finding out that my superdrive will not work
    through the powered usb hub (Belkin). My internal drive is shot on my old powerbook so I tried to connect the super drive to it but without success and I want
    to transfer files/apps to the Air. Any other suggestions
  10. wideholic macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2008
    United States of America
    Way to go Apple!

    Try to ripoff more money from Air users hah!

    They already earned enough green papers from Air buyers..

    More ???:mad:
  11. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Just suck it up and wait for the wireless transfer. Yeah, it takes the better part of 24 hours, but when it's done that's the last time you'll ever have to mess with it.
  12. superknoppix macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2008
    Superdrive uses too much current

    the amount of current provided by the usb port on the MBA exceeds the current provided by other computer's usb ports and powered hubs. nothing is gonna run the superdrive unless you use a power supply to give the drive the extra current it needs. This would require a variable power supply and a multimeter to measure the current provided from the MBA usb port. WARNING: this may fry your superdrive or possibly your MBA. I haven't tried this.
  13. impact1290 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2007
    I was able to use the superdrive on my vista bootcamp partition with a Linksys usb hub but not on the mac side. Not sure why.
  14. wkw macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2004
    Eugene, OR
    I think its possible to modify the superdrive to work with a hub or any other mac for that matter. There was a blurb about it in a recent video podcast. Its a $9 part or something. You have to open it to do the mod though... so bye bye superdrive warranty.

  15. Tannerozzy macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2008
    Waco, Texas

    i think that's another link to what he was talking about
    i'm not sure if it will work with a hub after that though

    i personally have my superdrive in a drawer and on a usb extension cable so i don't have to have the drive out and in the way all the time. it's not really a solution for having multiple usbs plugged in at once, but it's less of a hassle that way.
  16. wagz69 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2008
    mac book air usb port

    I've just found out today that LOGITECH has a usb port(4 PORTS) that will support the external hard drive. I did not order it because it requires a power supply than is currently out of stock at LOGITECH. I'm returning a Belkin that according to Apple support is designed for older systems. It didn't work with my hard drive.
  17. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yeah, but the only USB port the SuperDrive for the Air will run on is the built-in one.

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