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Use the Apple external SuperDrive on (almost) any Mac
Authored by: CharlieDancey on Jul 07, '12 01:20:56PM

Apple have now re-branded the "MacBook Air Superdrive", and the box is labelled "USB SuperDrive".

Having picked one up today I can confirm that the techniques detailed above will still work for drives shipping in the new box.

These drives ship at a very competitive price point, especially when compared to the cost of the internal Apple SuperDrive that you might need if a SuperDrive failed on an out-of-warranty iMac or similar –which would roughly double the price and might involve taking your Mac out of service and off your desk for a day or so if you are too faint-hearted or not equipped for the job of fitting it yourself.

My guess is that Apple made these cheap to placate Air owners from complaining about the lack of an optical drive, this providing a cheap fix for those not content with the Apple vision of a future without optical drives, or indeed anything we might call a "drive". You'll remember that Apple took the bold step of dropping the floppy disk drive *way* ahead of the pack. They were right of course, and timely in their vision that time.

But this time they have jumped the gun a little, hence the people at Apple keeping an eye on these things have fixed it with this stupidly low-priced external drive -then hacked the driver so it will only work on the machines they ship without their own Superdrives built –so it will only be used by their exact targeted market.

No matter: we know better and while thanking Apple very much (and loving their stuff) we will all agree that once we have paid our money their kit becomes our kit to do with it as we wish.

So anyone needing a new Superdrive for their Mac is advised that the "USB SuperDrive" is the simplest, cheapest and most hassle-free way of fixing the problem. A quick line in the terminal. One reboot. Plug in the drive and go.

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