X-Plane on 2012 iMac 27" - No ODD DVD Drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Coffee Minutes, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Coffee Minutes macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Since the new 2012 iMac's no longer come with a disc drive, is it still possible to use X-Plane?

    I do not currently own it, but would like to purchase a copy. Unfortunately, it requires that you keep the DVD in the ODD slot.

    Is it possible to install and RUN the program without having the CD/DVD mounted?

    I realize I could buy an Apple SuperDrive, but have heard bad things about it and it makes no sense to have as I do not use DVDs at all. I have no problems that the new iMac's ship w/o the drive.

    Just looking for a solution to operate X-Plane without a disk drive.

    Will a USB3 or SD card work?

    Is it possible to burn the X-Plane for Mac CD/DVD onto a USB3 and run the program off it?

    Any solutions besides investing in an external drive?
  2. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    X-Plane for home use has a USB key available for $29.99. You also need to download a driver. X-Plane says the keys cost them $30.00 each.
  3. Coffee Minutes thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2012

    I thought the USB key was only for professional use and even then, you STILL need to install the software via DVD.
  4. bplein macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    Investment? Compared to the rest of the system, they are nearly free.

    I think a decent quality, 3rd party external DVD writer runs about $30-$40. I have one that I use across a few different systems on the rare times that I need one.
  5. crows macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2012
    I don't have my iMac yet but I do have x-plane 10 and I can tell you that if you have another computer just write the dvd images to an external hard drive and install the software by mounting the images, If im not mistaken the demo version of x-plane 10 just needs the disc to be in the drive to be a full version so you can download and install from the internet, what I do is I mount disk #1 image to a virtual dvd drive and run x-plane and it works fine
  6. cgk.emu macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012
    Make a .cdr image of the X-Plane 1 DVD using disk utility. Mount that instead of the physical DVD, off you go. No need to buy their ridiculous $30 USB key. I'm not sure why more people haven't figured this out.

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