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Apple USB SuperDrive with iMac question

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tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
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Sep 3, 2012 12:28 PM

From what I've read elsewhere. The Apple USB SuperDrive if connected to current iMac's will not be recognised.


I was wondering if it would be possible to connect the Apple USB SuperDrive to the iMac when it is used with/has a Virtual Machine with Parellels Desktop, would the Apple USB SuperDrive be then recognised in the Windows side?


Thanks in advance.

Windows Vista, iPad (3rd Gen) 32GB iPhone 4S 32GB
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Sep 3, 2012 12:31 PM (in response to tal1971)

    Probably not.  First it has to be recognized by the Mac side in order to assign it to the VM as a virtual device.

  • garyfromrio linda Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:34 AM (in response to tal1971)

    Check Other World Computing for DVD burners in addition to LaCie.  They have many varieties and prices.  I use an external writer for all my burning.  And yes, you can copy from the Superdrive to an external writer and vice-versa.

  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Oct 15, 2012 1:55 PM (in response to tal1971)

    For what it's worth I just use, and have for many year with many computer model, a standard external DVD burner in a really cheap USB external case. Ugly, noisy and messy but for the 2 times a year I need to use a burner it works great.

  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Oct 16, 2012 2:44 AM (in response to tal1971)

    As I've not connected it to a current iMac (they've all had working SuperDrives so there was no need to) and it's hard to know exactly why Apple's SuperDrive doesn't work, I can't so I can't give any guarantees something else will work. All I can say is that it's worked with everything I've plugged it in to, including older iMacs.


    Ultimately you can assume that there is a specific problem with Apple's drive else assume there a problem with all drives. If you want something better than I can give then maybe you should find someone with a external powered drive for your to try else go to a shop that also sells macs so they can plug it in in-store to show you it working.

  • stephenfromhalifax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 7:39 PM (in response to tal1971)

    It's easy to make a superdrive work with any mac.  Open the terminal, login, and type:


    sudo nvram boot-args=”mbasd=1″


    restart your mac, and presto, it will work

  • mikefrompreston Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 12:59 AM (in response to tal1971)

    There was nothing on the box to say it would not work on iMac, I asked the guy in store in the apple section. Now what. So my DVD writer has started to fail and hardly ever used and now I can't use another usb drive. mmmm

  • stephenfromhalifax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 1:38 AM (in response to mikefrompreston)

    See my post above.  It only takes a few minutes and it works.  There is nothing but a system flag preventing it from working. 

  • mikefrompreston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 2:20 AM (in response to stephenfromhalifax)

    Thank you, have done that twice and nothing. The terminal asked me for my password after entering the code, I couldn't see any characters displayed as I typed and then it just came up with my name.

  • Agoura Jim Calculating status...
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    Dec 10, 2012 3:02 PM (in response to stephenfromhalifax)



    I read with interest your post about adding a command to the Terminal that will allow a

    Apple USB SuperDrive to be used with a Mac equipped with a built in Optical Drive.

    Unfortunately my attempts to perform this modification were unsuccessful.

    First a question: Does the SuperDrive have to be connected to the iMac when the

    command is entered?

    Next, Here are the steps I took. First I double clicked on the Terminal icon in the Utilities folder

    in the Hard Drive and a window opened on the desk top. This first line at the top of the window

    had my user name - "bash"- 80X24. The contents of the window had login information followed

    on line two with user information, iMac, my user name, a $ and a rectangle.

    In addition to opening a window on the desktop, a "Terminal" icon appears in the Dock and when

    you click on it a number of choices appear. One of the choices is "New Command". That selection

    opens a window that allows you to enter a command, choose "Run command inside a shell" (huh?)

    and  "Run" or "Cancel".

    I decided to try the "New Command" and "Run" option but when I finished the the USB Superdrive

    still wouldn't work. Perhaps there is something I'm missing here?

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