Questions & Answers for Apple USB SuperDrive
493 Questions from the Community
can i use magic mouse with mac book pro?
- Asked by Sean H from Harrison Township
- 04 1, 13
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Yes. I use a Magic Mouse with my MacBook Pro and works flawlessly.
- Answered by Trey V
- 04 8, 13
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Most games come either on CD's or DVD's. Either way, I can guarantee the SuperDrive will work with your game. Although, you should make sure that your Mac's specs match the requirements listed on your game's packaging. If your game doesn't work, most likely it will be because your computer did not meet the minimum requirements, and not because the SuperDrive wasn't able to play it.
- Answered by Brandon B from London
- 01 9, 13
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Burning DVD's & CD's on Macbook Pro Retina
I am about to purchase a macbook pro and am wondering about creating CD's and DVD's. I know that I need an external superdrive with the retina display. Is this all I need to be able to create and burn a DVD or a CD as I will have to do this as part of my job.
- Asked by Renee W from Ormeau Hills
- 08 18, 12
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Apple has discontinued iDVD with iLIFE. You will have to purchase third party software.
For the premium price we pay for macs, I would expect them to include the basic software.
- Answered by Donald M from Bloomingdale
- 12 14, 12
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How many gb of storage does this have?
- Asked by Rebecca S from Cockeyville
- 04 8, 15
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How does one watch Blu-Ray discs on a new retina display mac?
- Asked by Charles B from Boston
- 01 26, 13
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There are several external Blu-Ray drives that work perfectly with OS X. Pioneer makes a couple as well as Lacie. All one needs is a drive and third-party software to watch your discs. My favorite player is Aurora Blu-Ray Player.
- Answered by Deborah S from Elkton
- 02 1, 13
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can i use my superdrive to play movies on my ipad
My aunt sent me a dvd full of pictures from my grandmothers funeral. We have an IMac, so i'm guessing the superdrive is the best option for getting info from a disc to the computer. Can I use the superdrive to play movies on our IPad? Because saving the movies takes up way too much space.
- Asked by Steven L from Haines City
- 08 13, 14
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No. And you can't use the Photo Connection Kit's USB for this purpose, either. But you can convert those video files to an iTunes-friendly format (such as MP4) and then load them onto your iPad from iTunes. The app Handbrake is designed to convert movies to iPhone- and iPad-friendly formats. It takes a little time and effort, but it does make movies portable, and they are much smaller in size for storage.
- Answered by Patricia E C from Portland
- 08 24, 14
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Yes. It will come with Arabic and English.
- Answered by Maher E from Surrey
- 08 7, 15
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2009 iMac and USB superdrive?
The internal superdrive in my 24-inch, Early 2009 iMac w/2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor has stopped working reliably (and most times, has stopped working at all). Was hoping that adding this external USB superdrive would keep my system limping along, however looking at the system requirements seems to have dashed my dreams of being able to continue to use my iMac in the manner for which it was purchased. Would like to know if I am out of luck here, or is there an alternative?
- Asked by Joseph W from Lynn
- 11 25, 13
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I just added a usb superdrive to my 2009 iMac 24", and like the others it did not work, as for the reasons given.
it seems that they only work with some macs.
Well looking round the net i found information on things to try nothing worked.
I then found a bit on a sudo command you put in with terminal.
ok your new superdrive dvd/cd rom want work on you mac?
it seems apple made this drive but its not back ward comparable with all macs.
Im told it works with 4 macs, that shipped without internal dvd/cd rom and a mac mini or two..
Well I found this in terminal type
sudo nvram boot-args="mbasd=1" Hit return
I rebooted my iMac and as the iMac was starting up it took the DVD that I had been trying to put in but all it did was push it back out.
Now with this little line of code script my USB superdrive is now working just fine.
I don't know much about this script code apart from what I read on the net, all I know it worked for me with no trouble I have wrote a few DVDS and wrote to a few re-writable CD and DVD with out any thing bad
hope it helps some of you out.
- Answered by Alan W
- 12 16, 15
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Based on the Loading Mechanism of the drive, given that it does NOT have a PULL OUT Tray, onto which you can place the disc on the physical spindle, I would have to say NO, it will not play it.
mind, it is not because it can not PLAY the discs, it it more because the user has NO Option of Placing the disc in proper alignment with the laser head, which is what makes the READ process possible.
I have NOT tried it myself, but I am afraid that if you attempt to load it, and the drive actually loads/takes in the disc, it will just drop over in misalignment, which can severely damage the drive itself. not to mention the danger of not being able to REJECT the disc.
- Answered by Thomas B from Shelton
- 07 2, 13
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can i install games from the superdrive?
i want to buy the super drive because i had bought a iMac thinking it had a cd-rom drive but it doesn't... so I'm thinking that this would fix my problem... will it let me install games?
- Asked by Miguel O from Richmond
- 04 6, 13
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The SuperDrive will allow you to install any Mac game that comes on a CD or DVD.
- Answered by Robert D S from Joliet
- 04 6, 13
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Can you use this with the new Mac mini?
- Asked by Rita P from Gibbsboro
- 09 13, 16
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will it take mini dvd-r discs that are used in camcorders?
- Asked by Nicholas H from Wetaskiwin
- 06 28, 12
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no, you can only use regular-sized dvd / cd disks. don't attempt to insert a mini-dvd or a mini-cd, as it will get stuck in, you won't be able to take it out and you will have to have your superdrive serviced. on top of that, it might jeopardize the superdrive's internal parts.
- Answered by Ciprian L from Manchester
- 12 11, 12
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Yes, but you'll need one of the USB-C adapters that has a USB 3.0 port. And the SuperDrive must be plugged directly into the USB 3.0 port on the adapter, not connected through a hub, so no other USB devices can be used while you're using the USB SuperDrive.
- Answered by Michael G from Campbell
- 05 25, 15
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Can it be used on laptops that aren't Apple products?
- Asked by Yaya J from East Orange
- 03 6, 15
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Ive tried using my USB SuperDrive on two non-Apple laptops, neither worked with it.
- Answered by Jeff D from Wilber
- 03 9, 15
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how do i play blu ray dvd on my macbook air with an external super drive
purchased my 11 " macbook air with a usb super drive and cannot get it to play a blu ray dvd, how do I get this function and view the dvd
- Asked by Phillip M from Lexington
- 02 8, 15
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The Superdrive can play and burn CD and DVD media, included pre-recorded audio CDs and DVD videos.
It can not play Blu-Ray discs.
- Answered by Gordon G from Sunnyvale
- 02 14, 15
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Is there a difference between the MD564LL/A and the MD564ZM/A SuperDrive?
- Asked by Andrew Tyler M from Redondo Beach
- 07 16, 15
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Those are country codes for the region the product was originally intended. ZM indicates China. LL indicates USA. It would matter if it had a keyboard or something else that had regional differences, but it should not matter for a mouse or a SuperDrive.
- Answered by Terry D from North Bellmore
- 01 31, 16
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Is the Apple external dvd drive compatable with m discs?
M discs are new and I don't know if the dvd/cd drive will read or write on them.
- Asked by Rick F from Van Nuys
- 10 22, 13
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I have an Apple USB Superdrive, model A1379
The Mac system report specifies this external drive as "HL-DT-ST DVDRW GX40Nd". Not on M-disc list as specified
Went ahead and bought a pack of M-disc's.
Was able to insert, burn, verify and read from the burned disc. Very nice.
What I don't know is how permanent is the resulting disc. If it burns, even though not on M-disc approved list, is the resulting disc as permanent as when burned on a drive listed as 'M-disc' ready?
Or alternatively, maybe this is an 'M-disc ready' mechanism and the Apple system report is not informative about that. Maybe M-disc should update the list to include Apples model A1379.
- Answered by Terry G from Cedarville
- 09 7, 14
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it has no storage, as it is an optical drive used to burn media, like CDs and DVDs. you can backup your data on those, but you cannot save anything on the superdrive itself, as it is not a hard disk, it is used to burn media only (also to read media and install apps from there)
- Answered by Ciprian L from Manchester
- 12 11, 12
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No, it is not. Only DVDs and CDs.
- Answered by Heath M from Orlando
- 11 12, 14
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Superdrive and Apple wired keyboard
Does the Superdrive work if plugged into the Apple wired extended keyboard? I.e., does the wired keyboard support the Superdrive?
- Asked by David C from Menlo Park
- 12 23, 12
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The SuperDrive must be directly plugged into the computer's USB port, and cannot be used if connected to a USB hub.
- Answered by Michel C from Lake Mary
- 07 17, 13
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