An external optical drive by Apple, essentially a rebranding of the MacBook Air SuperDrive.

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usb disc drive problems?

I wanted to run a game on my computer tonight but my computer is not picking up my disc! I cant eject my disc because it wont show on my screen! please help urgently answer would be much appreciated !

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Try restarting the system and press the C key to get it to read the disk which it will fail and kick out. Otherwise you'll need to open up the drive to pull the disk out. Click on the drive image to the right it will lead you to the iFixIt guide on how to open the drive up.

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thank you so much!!! that really helped me!

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@anon, if it helped, why the downvote? Downvotes are usually reserved for wrong a malicious answers :-)

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the drive icon is not showing on computer? so its not opening?

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Go under Finder, to the left of the Apple in the upper left hand corner to Preferences. Click on general > CDs DVDs, and iPods. See if the icons shows up on the desktop.

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to make the superdrive work on the Macs marked with No from the above listing:

From the Terminal app open a session locate & do the following

sudo pico /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist

enter your password"

this opens:'''

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>

<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1...”>

<plist version=”1.0″>

<dict>

<key>Kernel Flags</key>

<string></string>

</dict>

</plist>

now add mbasd=1 between the <string><string>

should look like this:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>

<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1...”>

<plist version=”1.0″>

<dict>

<key>Kernel Flags</key>

<string>mbasd=1</string>

</dict>

</plist>

save and reboot

Two commands allow you to save the current text in Pico (for the novice) being edited. The CTRL-X and CTRL-O commands save the contents of the editor. The former command exits the editor after saving, while the latter command allows for continued editing after saving.

works on 10.8.5, should work from 10.6, works in 10.9.3, latest Maverics may 17 2014

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Worked for me on MacBook Pro 5,3 (Mid 2009) running OSX 10.6

Thanks so much!!!

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can seem to get cursor to get me to enter mbsad=1 in between the string thread? it just defaults to the top of the code <?xml, etc..etc..

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This drive is only compatable with these machines:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5630

Apple Product Compatible

MacBook Air Computers

MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, Mid 2012) Yes

MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, Early 2012) Yes

MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, Mid 2011) Yes

MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, Late 2010) Yes

MacBook Air (Mid 2009) Yes

MacBook Air (Late 2008) Yes

MacBook Air Yes

MacBook Pro Computers

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)

Yes

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)

Yes

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)

Yes

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) Yes

MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch, Mid 2012) No

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch, Late 2011) No

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch, Early 2011) No

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch, Mid 2010) No

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch, Mid 2009) No

Mac mini Computers

Mac mini (Late 2012) Yes

Mac mini (Mid 2011) Yes

Mac mini (Mid 2010) Yes

Mac mini (Late 2009) Yes

Mac mini (Early 2009) Yes

Mac mini (Mid 2007) No

Mac mini (Intel) No

Mac mini No

iMac Computers

iMac (21.5-inch and 27-inch, Late 2012) Yes

iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2011) No

iMac (21.5-inch and 27-inch, Mid 2011) No

iMac (21.5-inch and 27-inch, Mid 2010) No

iMac (20-inch, Mid 2009) No

iMac (21.5-inch and 27-inch, Late 2009) No

iMac (Early 2009) No

iMac (24-inch, Early 2009) No

iMac (20-inch and 24-inch, Early 2008) No

iMac (20-inch and 24-inch, Mid 2007) No

Notes:

MacBook and MacPro computers are not compatible with either the Apple USB SuperDrive or the MacBook Air SuperDrive.

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it has been working up until now so i already have a compatible device

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funny, we had the same thing happen in May with ours as well. It's not recognized on any machine tried it on 3 of them from the list.

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I have been advised by Apple Care that the Apple USB SuperDrive will not work on any mac products newer than 2012.

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Well Barb go to the link I posted directly from Apple and see for yourself. Who you going to believe? Apple or Apple Care or me?

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You have to write

mbasd=1

between <string></string>

so it's gonna be like

<string>mbasd=1</string>

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I have this :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1...>

<plist version="1.0">

<dict>

<key>Kernel</key>

<string>mach_kernel</string>

<key>Kernel Flags</key>

<string></string>

</dict>

</plist>

So where should I type the code ??? I am really bad at it stuff and it is already a miracle that I have found where I have to type the code so please help !

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Do the previous instructions not cause a problem with kext signing in the more recent versions of OS X e.g. 10.10.3 where Apple's restrictions mean that any unauthorised kernel edits are blocked and the system will inevitably fail to boot? i.e. is the 'hack' still current?

Sorry, last poster / anon but without this info it would be possible to follow these instructions and screw up the system for the sake of a Superdrive.

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Yes! Good point. If you altered the file you will have an issue with Yosemite as kext files now need to be signed. Which is a good thing! Except when you hack the OS to make something work :-{

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I have tested this command with Mac OS X.12 (Sierra), the latest Mac OS X so far. It works. Just edit the file and you should be able to use the drive :

<string>mbasd=1</string>

Thanks.

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I've tried modifying this file but system doesn't let me save with same name in Terminal. I've disabled System Integrity Protection (SIP) but I still can't save this file. Any suggestions. I have Sierra OS and MacBook Pro12,1 13" Retina Display. Superdrive works if I reboot my Mac, but not if I just connect it. Always has to be rebooted to fully function.

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Same problem here with 10.12.6. It won't let me save the edited file.

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i connect my usb super drive with my macbook air but it does not show on my screen and don't know how to work. not showing any options.

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i am experiencing the same thing

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Hi there,

I have tested this command with Mac OS X.12 (Sierra), the latest Mac OS X so far. It works. Just edit the file and you should be able to use the drive :

<string>mbasd=1</string>

Thanks.

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With 10.12.6 Iʻm having trouble saving the file after editing. It is accepting my passwords ok but the failure occurs with the Save.

Pico tells me:

"Error writing /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist"

I tried also with BBedit and when I try to Save it errors out with:

"This file could not be opened for writing, probably because it is in use by another application (MacOS Error code: -54)"

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anon will be eternally grateful.
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