Will MBA external superdrive work with MacMini?

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

  1. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    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?
  2. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    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

    May 8, 2008
    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

    Jun 10, 2004
    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

    May 8, 2008
    Thanks, it looks like I might have to spring for the $679 refurb then for the superdrive.
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
  7. 184550 thread starter Guest

    May 8, 2008
  8. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    They might make "speshul" ones just for the mini here.

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