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Use the Apple external SuperDrive on (almost) any Mac
Authored by: aMacUzur on Nov 11, '11 01:08:59PM

There are also other reasons not to use these drives. In my experience with about 10 drives over 10+ years, I've found that an external tray-style Pioneer drive will likely

  • be supported as a native drive
  • be less expensive
  • be meaningfully faster
  • produce more reliable burns
  • have a longer life
  • support a wider range of formats
In addition, such a drive can be interfaced via firewire.

To quantify things, much of my experience comes from the fact that we do network-based backups to DVD-sized encrypted disk images then burn them ('though we recently switched to Blu-Ray). As such, I've burned hundreds of full disks per year.

Similar drives by other manufacturers may yield the same benefits, but I've only used Pioneer.



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Use the Apple external SuperDrive on (almost) any Mac
Authored by: CyborgSam2011 on Nov 11, '11 01:48:20PM

There's one very good reason to use the MacBook Air SuperDrive vs 3rd party drives: Apple's DVD Player app will ONLY work with Apple external DVD drives.

I've tried VLC and others, they just don't navigate menus & play DVDs as well as Apple's.

I just out an OWC Data Doubler in my MacBook Pro (replaces the SuperDrive with a hard drive/SSD). I bought the MacBook Air SuperDrive to watch DVDs, it stays at home. I put my old SuperDrive in an OWC case and will use it at work where I need to burn, but never watch, DVDs.



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Use the Apple external SuperDrive on (almost) any Mac
Authored by: Perry Joseph on Mar 26, '12 06:08:59AM

Interesting concept about Pioneer optical drives, except I am not sure why my trusted DVR 112 worked nicely with 10.4.11 Powermac G4 and not with my Mac Mini and X10.6.8.



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