Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 8:51 AM (in response to makey)
I've been using a > GE24LU20 with several different Mac's for over 2 years and it is way faster and more reliable than any slim superdrive.iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8.2), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 5:31 PM (in response to makey)
Let us know what you decide on and how it's working out.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 7:32 PM (in response to makey)
The new iMacs use USB 3.0 speeds, now.
I would look for an optical drive that uses the new USB 3 connections.
This will be a very fast drive.
If you can't find an optical drive with USB 3.0, then look for a drive that uses FireWire 400/800 and use an Apple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter to connect the drive.
FireWire 800 optical drives are pretty fast at up to 85Mbps transfer speeds.
Here is one such drive.
And the Apple adapter.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 4:47 AM (in response to MichelPM)
Thanks for your reply.
I had a look at your first link (for the OWC drive) but, unfortunately, it comes with standard a USA 110 volts power lead. Here in the UK it's all 230 - 240 volts, so even if I got an adapter it would 'fry' the drive!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 7:42 AM (in response to makey)
No way to know you are from the UK.
Try searching for FireWire drives in your neck of the woods.
If you have any Authorized Apple resellers iin or around your area they may have other brands of drives available.
Try searching for FireWire drives on Amazon.UK.
Good Luck on your search!