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SuperDrive & USB 3.0

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EDLIU Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 7, 2013 12:03 AM

Hi,

 

Does anyone know when the Ext. Usb SuperDrive was released? And, does it support USB 3.0?

 

Thanks.

 

Ed

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Chamar Level 4 Level 4 (2,035 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 12:17 AM (in response to EDLIU)

    USB 3 is backwards compatible so the SuperDrive is supported.  However, from Apple's site your iMac will not support a SuperDrive (see below).  Why not buy an OEM external USB optical drive?  That's what I use on my iMacs.  Much cheaper than the Apple drive as well.

     

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  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 3:27 AM (in response to EDLIU)

    The Apple Superdrive will not work on a Mac that came with a built in DVD drive. It is Locked By Apple to only work on systems that did Not Come with Any DVd drive Built in.

     

    Which is OK because the Superdrive is anything BUT Super and you can buy ANY Make and model External DVD drive that connects by USB and it will work with your Mac, or any Mac.

    It does not have to be sold by or have the Apple name on it for it to work.

  • gordonsapsed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:50 AM (in response to EDLIU)

    I simply do not understand why Apple have not 'upgraded' the Superdrive to USB 3

    I asked an expert (not at the Geniius Bar) in the Apple Store if a USB 3 version would be coming shortly.

     

    'No' said the expert 'It's unnecessary - the DVD or CD plays at a fixed speed and it would make no difference'.

     

    I find that simply unbelieveable - and almost certainly technically irrelevant .

     

    It may be true for simply streaming the data ( 'playing') but not for data transfer - isn't that so?

  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,795 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:56 AM (in response to gordonsapsed)

    Why do you find it unbelievable? No cd/dvd drive can even come close to filling the bandwidth of usb 2, 480Mbs. So what would be the point on installing a usb 3 chip in any cd/dvd drive. The drive can't read or write data anywhere close to usb 2 speeds.

     

    I find it unbelieveable you don't understand that.

    gordonsapsed wrote:

     

    I simply do not understand why Apple have not 'upgraded' the Superdrive to USB 3

    I asked an expert (not at the Geniius Bar) in the Apple Store if a USB 3 version would be coming shortly.

     

    'No' said the expert 'It's unnecessary - the DVD or CD plays at a fixed speed and it would make no difference'.

     

    I find that simply unbelieveable - and almost certainly technically irrelevant .

     

    It may be true for simply streaming the data ( 'playing') but not for data transfer - isn't that so?

  • gordonsapsed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 4:36 AM (in response to LowLuster)

    Thanks for your response. My confusion arises for two reasons:

     

    1. The 'Apple' explanation seemed to imply that CD/DVD drives are only used for streaming their content - wheras writing speeds of 18X and such are common. - and I'm not sure why, for data transfer, higher speeds might not be achieved and

    2. Other manufactures are all 'upgrding' their USB 2 drives to USB 3 - which, I assume from what you say, is meaningless.

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