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MacBook Air External DVD on Other Macs?

Posted: January 15th, 2008, 10:13 pm
by Turboladdade
Simple enough... anyone have any thoughts about the external DVD drive intended for use with the MacBook Air being used on an iMac or something else?

$99 isn't too shabby of a price for something as elegant and nice as it is.

Re: MacBook Air External DVD on Other Macs?

Posted: January 15th, 2008, 10:16 pm
by mrkramer
I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work, but I would wait until someone gets one with their notebook and tries it on their mac before buying.

Re: MacBook Air External DVD on Other Macs?

Posted: January 19th, 2008, 11:46 pm
by Shanghai
There's really no logical reason for Apple to stop people from using the AirDrive with other Macs. It should work just fine. I imagine it would look great under a mini. :)

Re: MacBook Air External DVD on Other Macs?

Posted: February 5th, 2008, 11:07 am
by jcozzitorto
I think the drive draws more power than standard USB 2.0 ports provide. The MBA's ports were specifically designed to provide the drive with enough power to run.

Re: MacBook Air External DVD on Other Macs?

Posted: March 8th, 2008, 8:44 pm
by chasm
This is correct. The MBA external Superdrive is a new beast requiring more power than one USB2 port on any other Mac can provide. So the practical answer (and Apple's official answer) is "no."

It would be interesting, however, to see if my cable for my USB2 external HD -- which has TWO usb plugs one one end for extra power -- would make the MBA's Superdrive function with another Mac. No reason it shouldn't, and if so that would make a fairly inexpensive way for the MBA's drive to function with other machines (Mac or even PC!).

Re: MacBook Air External DVD on Other Macs?

Posted: March 8th, 2008, 8:58 pm
by rgray
It would be interesting, however, to see if my cable for my USB2 external HD -- which has TWO usb plugs one one end for extra power -- would make the MBA's Superdrive function with another Mac. No reason it shouldn't, and if so that would make a fairly inexpensive way for the MBA's drive to function with other machines (Mac or even PC!).
This won't work because the cable on the MBA Superdrive is built in.

Re: MacBook Air External DVD on Other Macs?

Posted: April 24th, 2008, 10:54 am
by jwpacker
rgray wrote:This won't work because the cable on the MBA Superdrive is built in.
But would it work, do you think, if someone were to have an adpater that had two USB connectors that fed into a single female USB A interface? Like this one, for example:

http://www.amazon.com/USB-Power-Adapter ... B000JIOHDE