USB Apple SuperDrive For iMac 2012 Alternative

Discussion in 'iMac' started by craigblues, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. craigblues macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2012
    Evening All.

    I am awaiting the arrival of my iMac 27" 2012 and want to get everything in place before it arrives; Ram upgrade and an external dvd drive.

    I was going to buy the Apple Superdrive but then thought why not purchase a slightly cheaper one as its only £65 as its got the :apple: logo on it.

    Anyone got any ideas if this will work?

    As then I can use it for my home server too.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. wizzywig27 macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2012
    That's the exact one I got (but in white) - it only uses one USB cable.

    Does the job well :D
  3. raymond lin macrumors regular

    May 22, 2010
    It will work, but if you have another iMac with an optical drive then you can remote disc.
  4. JoninCO macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2012
    I went a slightly different route

    I got the OWC Slim USB2 Portable Blu-Ray 6X + DVDRW-CDRW External Bus-Powered Solution $75.00
    Sold by : Other World Computing

    As you can tell it has pretty much what the Apple Super Drive has but also reads Blue Ray. I figured why not. Like you I have placed my order for an iMac 27" and am getting the other stuff for it (RAM, optical drive etc). I am having a hard time waiting for Apple to tell me when they are going to ship.
  5. Pejsen macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    I ended up replacing the superdrive in my old Macbook pro with an ekstra SSD, then put the macbook superdrive in a CD/DVD usb enclosure and voila.

    I rarely use my drive so for my purpose that's all i need.
  6. rweed, Dec 29, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012

    rweed macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I got my 27" on 12/18. I just picked up an LG GP40 slim external DVD drive from Best Buy last night for $35. It has two USB connectors for power reasons, but you only need to use one on the iMac.

    I've played DVD's and burned CD's, booted Live Linux, etc. Working good so far. $80 was a bit steep for the Apple unit. I think Best Buy has the Apple unit on-line for $70 right now.

    Regards, Rick
  7. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
  8. sounddesigner macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2012
  9. wizzywig27 macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2012
  10. MathijsF macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2012
    The Netherlands

    I already bought the same one in The Netherlands for about 25 euros. It looks really sexy and is USB-powered which is a huge plus for me. Unfortunately i haven't tested it yet on my iMac because that isn't shipped yet. The box however says it works perfectly with Mac so i don't really have doubts about it.

    This one is definetly a win for me.
  11. Latino4Me macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2003
  12. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Nothing like putting USB 3.0 technology into a product not even fast enough to keep up with USB 2.0 hehe
  13. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I didn't realize it was the one the OP linked :eek::p

    No worries MathijsF it works perfectly. It's so sleek I have a black desk and honestly at times you can't even tell its there. I just got done last night with ripping tons of stuff I had on CD and off some Data DVRs that can finally go in the trash. I also burned some video and it handled everything I threw at it. My iMac is finally ready for Carbon Copy Cloner now that all is backed up.:)
  14. craigblues thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2012
    Well think I will try the above. :) Found it in White and its cheaper, bingo! :D

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