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Replace an Internal SuperDrive? Don’t. Here’s Why

4 March 2013 2,588 views 5 Comments

Your next Mac won't have an internal SuperDrive, so you should go with an external USB optical drive — likely cheaper and absolutely less hassle…

When your relatives have Mac problems, who do they call? The optical drive in my sister’s 2008 iMac died some time ago and she wanted to replace it. Rather, I convinced her that as her next iMac won’t have an internal SuperDrive, she should go with an external USB optical drive.

The same holds true for older MacBooks with a dead internal SuperDrive — most current models don’t include an internal optical drive and the future doesn’t look bright for shiny plastic disks encoded with bits and bytes.

Ultimately, why replace the internal SuperDrive when it’s highly unlikely your next Mac will ship with one? Get an external SuperDrive now to have for the long haul.

Good Choices

I got her the Patuoxun USB External Slot in DVD RW Drive Burner Superdrive For Apple MacBook Pro Air ($41.99, Amazon), which worked instantly not only with her 2008 iMac, but also my family’s two iMacs. The vendor, Patuoxun, claims it works with all Mac OS versions.

If you’d prefer another vendor, Other World Computing offers a nice range of external DVD drives, starting at $49. Naturally, both Amazon and OWC are excellent sources for a super fast and increasingly affordable SSD drive, which will fit nicely in that old optical drive bay.

That said, not replacing the internal SuperDrive could reduce resale value, but most buyers likely won’t care. Further, though an external optical drive won’t be as elegant, the Patuoxun sis’ got is attractive if not stylish…

What’s your take?

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