Will Toshiba SuperMulti Drive Work w/ MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MacRacer, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. MacRacer macrumors regular

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    I know some devices only work with Mac computers. Well, this weekend, I ended up buying a eMachine eM250-1162 netbook for 40 bucks and a brand new Toshiba portable supermulti drive (pa3834u-1dv2) for 5 bucks. Well, i really like the little netbook and have a ssd in it now, but my main question is that will the portable cd/dvd drive work with with Mac? I read yes and no to the question, I do have issues with my drive in my mac now, sometime it won't even eject the cd since it gets jammed in there. other times it won't even read a disk. So, i would like to swap out my optical drive and replace it with a hhd and use the external cd/dvd drive. Will it work? Thanks
     
  2. kolax macrumors G3

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    It should do, and it should just be plug and play. I have a Samsung external DVD drive (USB) and works fine on my Mac without any additional software.
     
  3. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    I may be missing this, but are you saying that you want to remove your existing drive and replace it with the Toshiba, or are you asking if the Toshiba will work as an external?

    If USB, prolly will work as external, if internal it may or may not depending on the interface to the drive and whether the cable works. Most other mfg's are IDE interfaces, and Apple uses SATA on their newer opticals so it may not.

    Frankly it's quite possibly a disassemble and see, but I wouldn't continue if it's not plug and run.
     
  4. kolax macrumors G3

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    "So, I would like to swap out my optical drive and replace it with a hdd and use the external cd/dvd drive."
     
  5. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Yes it will. I currently use a Toshiba external with my iMac. I've used 3 different brands (LG, HP and now Toshiba) of external DVD/CD drives with Macs over the last several years without a glitch.
     
  6. MacRacer thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, I want to use it externally. LOL. I been ripping my DVD and figure its time for a ssd and a hhd splite in my Macbook Pro. My movies on one drive while everything else is on the other.

    I was looking around and seen it windows o/s compatible while other where mac compatible. I just wonder if there was a difference or not. This drive is basically the same spec as my internal one for DVD burning and what not.
     

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