Will this work?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CNU182, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. dex22 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Round Rock, TX
    With Apple's software: No.
    With Roxio's software: Yes, sort of. Lightscribe won't work.

    My personal advice is to buy whatever drive Apple is rebadging as a SuperDrive and buy a 5.25" external enclosure for it.
  2. CNU182 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2003
    I don't know what redbadging is, but is this way more cost efficient?
  3. meanpeoplesuck macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2006
    Rebadging would be where Apple sells Drive XYZ under the name SuperDrive while another company sells Drive XYZ under a different name for much cheaper.

    I think.
  4. zero2dash macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2006
    Fenton, MO
    "Rebadging" means Apple takes a drive (say for instance, one manufactured and sold by Sony), removes the front faceplate that says Sony on it, and puts it in their computers without a faceplate so you never know it's a Sony drive (unless you take the whole drive out and see a sticker on the case of the drive itself).

    What he's trying to say is that you should find out what drive Apple is currently putting into the machines as a Superdrive (probably a Pioneer or Sony, I think they usually use one of either of those two brands) and buy the same exact drive itself. Then buy a 5.25 external enclosure with either USB or Firewire (or both) and put the drive in that case and you should be set, because the built in burning software in OSX will recognize the drive as a supported drive.

    Here's a database to search for a supported drive.

    No, the cost isn't changed whatsoever, but I guarantee that you'll spend less money on an internal drive + external enclosure for it than you will for a factory put-together external drive.
  5. dex22 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Round Rock, TX

    I've always leaned towards the Pioneer drives and away from the Sony drives - no real reason apart from my consistent lack of complaint about Panasonic drives.

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