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  • fotowilf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have finally come to the point of buying my first Mac (got and iPad, iPhone) and was already to purchase an iMac and started to read this thread. The no DVD/CD drive did give me cause for concern and pause for thought - and now this thread has totally confused me!!

     

    Assuming I purchase the iMac can anymore give a clear answer to the solution of adding an extenal DVD/CD drive. Thanks.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,240 points)

    fotowilf wrote:

     

    I have finally come to the point of buying my first Mac (got and iPad, iPhone) and was already to purchase an iMac and started to read this thread. The no DVD/CD drive did give me cause for concern and pause for thought - and now this thread has totally confused me!!

     

    Assuming I purchase the iMac can anymore give a clear answer to the solution of adding an extenal DVD/CD drive. Thanks.

    Apple make an External Superdrive for this purpose, $79.00.

  • fotowilf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Csound1 - being new to the Mac world just needed that clear answer.

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    Some people are just upset that the iMac no longer has the SuperDrive built-in.

     

    Apple USB SuperDrive:

     

    Apple_USB_Superdrive_r2_9750.jpg

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,240 points)

    fotowilf wrote:

     

    Thanks Csound1 - being new to the Mac world just needed that clear answer.

    You're welcome.

  • fotowilf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yea that's the feeling I got from reading this thread, but not really into the controversy, If the SuperDrive is the answer then that solves my problem

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,805 points)

    Jeff Nitschke wrote:

    Apple USB SuperDrive:

    Do note that this one is bus-powered and might affect performance. For a desktop machine, I'd only use a self-powered one. It's also limited WRT to reads and writes:

     

    Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVDA±R DL/DVDA±RW/CD-RW)

    • Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 6x speed
    • Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed
    • Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
    • Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
    • Writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed
    • Writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed
    • Reads CDs at up to 24x speed
  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    Sometimes the sandbox just isn't big enough for everyone to play nicely.

     

    I use Apple's superdrive & it suits my needs just fine.

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    Do note that this one is bus-powered and might affect performance. For a desktop machine, I'd only use a self-powered one. It's also limited WRT to reads and writes:

    Spec's aren't must different than what was built in:

     

    Apple reports that the slot-loading 8X "SuperDrive" with 4X double-layer burning (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) "writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 4x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW at up to 6x and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 24x speed."

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,805 points)

    Apples and oranges. Compare it to other manufacturer's externals.

  • thespiritedguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is the exact solution I've been suggesting throughout this thread lol, people just need to get themselves an external superdrive if they buy the new iMacs. I hope you enjoy your new iMac @fotowilf.

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    I just don't do enough burning these days to justify getting a full-sized external burner like:

     

    OWC Mercury Pro 14X External Quad Interface Blu-ray/DVD/CD Reader & Writer. Blu-ray 14x, DL DVD-/+ R/RW (up to 16X); CD-R/RW(up to 48X) Includes all cables, NTI DragonBurn & OWC Disk Labeling Software Bundle.$169.99

  • Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    Something like this?

     

    apple_imac_21in_late_2012_11.jpg

    (nobody realized that was a superdrive stand)

  • thespiritedguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes precisely! Looks fine to me lol.

     

    I'll be doing the exact same thing when I get the external superdrive, and will be put it away in a discrete drawer when it's not in use. Simples.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (25,570 points)

    Or, whatever "Oompa Loompa" is.

     

    Sounds German to me. Seem to remember a child's song or rhyme had that as a refrain....

     

     

    Man, that "Jeff Guy" iz crazey

     

    Never contradict a crazed person.

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