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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:34 am 
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I have a friend who has a 2009 imac with an SSD where the superdrive used to be. I put the superdrive in an external case sometime ago but just this week a dual layer DVD got stuck in it. Let's just agree to declare that superdrive dead!
He would like an external DVD drive that can read and write dual layer DVD's not only on this current imac but the new 2019 5K i9 imac he intends to buy sometime in the near future. His current imac is USB 2.0... The new imac will be USB 3 (and USB C).

He already tried a DVD from Amazon around $30) that did not work well or often not at all with dual layer DVDS. It also did not seem to read DVD's written by the old superdrive. Does anyone have a a suggestion for a good DVD drive that works well with dual layer media that is USB 3.0 (and backward compatible with USB 2.0) in the range of $50-85? The Apple ext Superdrive falls into that category but I have always suspected that at $79 it is over priced. I'm guessing that there are better units that are Mac compatible for a better or at least similar price.

My friend and I appreciate any suggestions anyone has.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:50 am 
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Almost anything other than an Apple Superdrive.

OWC Mercury Pro
24X DVD, 48X CD Read/Write solution
Mac / PC / Linux / USB 3.0 $68.99
https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MR3USD24/

OWC Slim
External 6X Blu-ray & CD/DVD Burner
Mac / PC / USB 2.0 & 1.1 / Bus Powered $87.88
https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MRSSBDR6X/

LG Super Multi Portable
8X DVD Rewriter with M-Disc Support
Mac / PC / USB 2.0 $34.99
https://eshop.macsales.com/item/LG/P60NS50/


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:10 pm 
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Most of the optical drives you'll find with USB 3.0 are Blu-Ray because DVD transfer rates are well within the limits of USB 2.0.

I have no issues with my ASUS external optical but they don't make that model anymore nor do I use burned discs with it. The type of DVD media (- vs. +) will make a big difference in terms of which drives can read them due to their lower reflectivity and other physical differences. That being said I only use the drive once in a blue moon with a server that doesn't have an optical drive and only when I have to do something that requires a disc (read: once every 2-3 years).

You could buy a SATA internal drive and put it inside a USB 3.0 5.25" case if you really want USB 3.0. I haven't done something that crazy in years so I don't really have any recommendations as far as cases go. It looks like BD's first link is basically that in OWC form.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:11 pm 
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Ah, MB has a good idea, but make sure an external case is ATAPI compliant,,, as I recall only a small percentage of cases/chipsets were.

I'd prefer AC powered as my first link.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:12 pm 
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Thanks BDA and MB. I think I favor the first OWC model.


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While I love the M-Disc models, slim drives are a deal breaker for me. I'd also go with the first model as well as it's the only full sized drive and thus not made of laptop parts. It'll last much longer, especially if you burn discs with it.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:55 am 
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The drive has been ordered (the first one in BD's post). I'll report back once I have a chance to find out how it works. Thanks again for the suggestions.


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