what is a superdrive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by redccm, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. redccm macrumors newbie

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    does it have lightscribe technology or something? or... just a big fraud, cause they cost 100$

    i am guessing that they can read discs really fast :confused:
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    Superdrive is a DVD burner that is dual/double layer + and - R/RW, and some also burn RAM

    TEG
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    a drive with super abilities obviously lol but seriously

    a combo drive is characterized by being able to read dvd and read/burn cd's

    a super drive can read and burn both dvd's and cd's
     
  4. dchen720 macrumors member

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    LOL
    where have you been hiding????


    super drive-- writes/reads CD, DVD, but not lightscribe.

    u can check it on apple's site.

    or just look it up on the internet.
     
  5. movieboy23 macrumors regular

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    also, apple superdrive's don't have lightscribe, in case you were wondering.
     
  6. bartelby macrumors Core

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    But don't get confused with the floppy disk SuperDrive .
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    lol that wasnt necessary, you are just confusing the lad now haha, me too even!
     
  8. redccm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    wait... why is a super drive 100$?
    there is dvd drive with the same features at newegg for 30$

    like theres gotta be something exclusive with it
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    well the drives in the laptops/imac and mac mini arent really user replaceable
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Apple are selling it.
     
  11. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Question- are you talking about the SuperDrive that is available for use with the MacBook Air? That one is $99 and is the only one that Apple offers as an external SuperDrive.

    It is a slim 8x slot loading burner for the Air and not comparable to the standard height tray loading burners for $30 and less at newegg usable with desktop Macs.
     
  12. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    i think he is talking about the 2nd superdrive option on the mac pro
     
  13. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, guess that DOES make sense considering it is the MP forum- DOH! :eek:

    I didn't think of that since the last MP I configured was for my son and the option was less that $100 with his educational pricing! Oops.
     
  14. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Apple is selling it. Get a third-party drive and install it yourself. Heck, get a BD-R/HD DVD-ROM drive like me and install it yourself.
     
  15. The Awesome macrumors member

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    +1. Future-proof yourself, mate.
     
  16. noushy macrumors regular

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    Superdrive

    The name comes from the original floppy drive upgrade in the Mac IIcx. It was a 1.44mb vs. the old 800k drives. Apple has since used that name to signify a higher capacity, higher performing removable drive. Apple now uses it to signify a DVD burner vs. the usual combo drive DVD read, CD/CDR read/write. It is just a name that Apple has preserved since 1989. I would know since I purchased the very first Apple machine with a superdrive (a mac IIcx in 1989 at college). Any burner that is compatible with itunes is essentially a superdrive, just purchase a $30 one as noted above and be happy. Apple drives usually have a firmware change that indicates it is Apple OEM. Not such a big deal anymore.

    Noushy
     
  17. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    It is just apple's brand of dvd writer. They were one of the first to offer it and they called it a "Superdrive" to separate it from a cd writer which was not as "super" :) But that was years ago, the name has stuck.
     
  18. Michael73 macrumors 65816

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    I found a second drive (Pioneer DVR-112D) on Pricewatch for around $30 and have been completely happy.

    BTW, a third-party drive will require you to unsnap the face plate so the case door will shut properly.

    $30 is about the cheapest upgrade you may ever make to this machine ;)
     
  19. sash macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    No, it's not a big fraud. A SuperDrive can dance (acidtechnopop) and it also sings a couple of old Milwaukee folk songs.

    sash
     

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