Can you use a USB extension cable with the super drive? If so how long?
- Asked by Bardy H from San Diego
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Generally, no. The SuperDrive relies upon the Mac's built-in port, which provides more power than the standard USB specification. Consequently, most hubs and extension cables (even with external power) do not allow the SuperDrive to run, and you'll get a "device needs USB power" error. I have yet to find a solution for extending the tiny cable provided to work in my clamshell-docked MacBook Pro Retina 13 solution, which disappoints me to no end. I'm sure there's a solution that does work somewhere, but it will be a solution that allows the provision / transfer of beyond-USB-spec power down the line.
- Answered by Keith R from Arlington
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I've used a USB 3.0 extension cable I purchased from Amazon. It works. I have no idea, though, if it's safe to do. The Superdrive requires more current than a standard USB device, and so I don't know if I'm creating a fire hazard or risking damage to my devices. That being said, I only plug it in when in use and haven't had problems yet.
- Answered by Dara K from Minneapolis
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Like all USB products yes and as long as you can find with USB 2 or 3 compatibility
- Answered by Ben R from Riverside
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Can I use this as an extension cable for the USB SuperDrive DVD/CD recorder/player?
- Asked by William L from Los Angeles
- 12 8, 16
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How long is the extension cable?
- Asked by Teresa T
- 11 22, 15
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- Asked about: Power Adapter Extension Cable
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