Will MBA external superdrive work with MacMini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 184550, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. 184550 Guest

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    I am considering testing the Mac waters as a switcher. I am thinking about buying a used Mac Mini at the $500 price point. Of course this model comes with a combo drive. The ram and hard drive amounts don't really concern me. However, should I want to fully use iDvd and iMovie, could I buy a MBA superdrive at a later point and have it work with the mini?
    Thanks,
    Jake
     
  2. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    i heard that it won't work because the superdrive needs a "speshul" USB port that has high amperage, wattage, or something like that

    if you want to use iMovie and iDVD you should have at least 1GB for a decent user experience
     
  3. 184550 thread starter Guest

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    Thanks, I suspected that due to people saying that the external drive wouldn't work through USB hubs, but I thought I'd check.
     
  4. umgolfer macrumors regular

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    It definitely does not work. I tried it with my iMac and it doesn't work. I would imagine the Mac Mini is not any different (if I still had mine I would check it, but it is with a family member now that isn't here)
     
  5. 184550 thread starter Guest

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    Thanks, it looks like I might have to spring for the $679 refurb then for the superdrive.
     
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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  8. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    They might make "speshul" ones just for the mini here.
     

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