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when trying to connect a superdrive (CD player) to my new MacBook that only has USB-C, I get an error message stating USB Accessory Needs Power, Connect "Apple USB SuperDrive" to a USB port on this Mac. Apple doesn't put USB ports on MacBooks now. will some adapters works for this? Mine is a usb/ethernet combo.

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when trying to connect a superdrive (CD player) to my new MacBook that only has USB-C, I get an error message stating USB Accessory Needs Power, Connect "Apple USB SuperDrive" to a USB port on this Mac. Apple doesn't put USB ports on MacBooks now. will some adapters works for this? Mine is a usb/ethernet combo.


A USB-C port is a USB port. A USB SuperDrive will reject using any kind of hub. You need to use some sort of passive USB-C to USB-A adapter or one of two Apple-approved multiport adapters.


Mac computers that can use the Apple USB SuperDrive - Apple Support


Something like this should work:

Amazon.com: AUKEY USB C Adapter, [2 Pack] USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter for MacBook Pro, Galaxy S8 S8+ Note8, Google Pixel 2 …

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razorshaq wrote:


when trying to connect a superdrive (CD player) to my new MacBook that only has USB-C, I get an error message stating USB Accessory Needs Power, Connect "Apple USB SuperDrive" to a USB port on this Mac. Apple doesn't put USB ports on MacBooks now. will some adapters works for this? Mine is a usb/ethernet combo.


A USB-C port is a USB port. A USB SuperDrive will reject using any kind of hub. You need to use some sort of passive USB-C to USB-A adapter or one of two Apple-approved multiport adapters.


Mac computers that can use the Apple USB SuperDrive - Apple Support


Something like this should work:

Amazon.com: AUKEY USB C Adapter, [2 Pack] USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter for MacBook Pro, Galaxy S8 S8+ Note8, Google Pixel 2 …

Feb 26, 2018 7:12 AM

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