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  1. Bill G
    March 17, 2018

    I’ve never had a problem getting NON-Apple USB optical drives to work — they just work on every Mac I’ve tried them on. Odd for Apple to disable its own hardware but not 3rd party. Fine with me, the 3rd party ones are a lot less expensive.

  2. Steve J
    March 17, 2018

    I have tried two out-of-the-box Super Drives with my MacBook Pro with Retina and also with my 2016 iMac. I cannot get either machine to recognize the drives, which are supposedly supported. VERY frustrating.

  3. John Robinson
    March 17, 2018

    Bought an external CD/DVD drive from OWC several years ago. Still works great.

  4. Edrid
    March 17, 2018

    I’ve had problems with USB 3rd party CD drives on my MBP (mid 2015). I found that if I plugged them into a ‘powered’ USB hub attached to the Mac they worked fine. So you might want to watch out for that. Same for small USB-powered external hard drives.

  5. simon muirhead
    March 17, 2018

    people still use CD/DVDs???

    • Joe
      March 19, 2018

      Yes! They are great for backing up important files and so forth. They don’t fail like thumb drives and last a long time. Just make sure the media is made in Japan. Other media can be considered junk and not last as long. At least reported by others. I haven’t had any issues. I use both Pioneer and Samsung DVD burners.

  6. Ian T
    March 18, 2018

    As almost any decent third-party optical drive is less than half the price of Apple’s product and works with a USB connection, the solution is simple. I’ve used Samsung for years (no connection with company and no financial interest).
    But for the relatively few Macs still working that shipped with an optical drive, and where that failed and the owner splashed out on Apple’s product, this solution is a godsend – even though I am very wary of using Terminal!

  7. Ian Wilson
    March 18, 2018

    My iMac (2010 vintage) came with an internal optical drive which has since gone wrong. I have no problem at all connecting a Super Drive to it. (Though I wish I could connect it to a powered USB hub – the computer insists it is connected to one of the computer’s USB ports.)

    • Bradley Dichter
      March 24, 2018

      The Apple USB SuperDrive requires more power than is available from a normal USB port as offered by USB hubs. It requests and gets considerably more power as Apple’s ports allow for this.

  8. Michael Leahy
    March 18, 2018

    Before executing this command, you should check the value of the variable to see if it has already been set.

    nvram -p | grep boot-args

    If there is already a value, add the new value by listing both values separated by a space:

    sudo nvram boot-args=”oldvalue mbasd=1″

    • Ed
      March 18, 2018

      … but remember to take care of the ” marks. They need to be the ‘normal’ ones rather than the nicely formatted ones.

  9. no way
    March 18, 2018

    Forget everything this article tells you to do and get an under $30 Samsung TSST SE-208GB/RSBD USB Superdrive, works with any computer running Windoze or OSX. Available from Amazon.

    • Paul
      March 19, 2018

      If you need to buy a SuperDrive that is a reasonable option. Here’s a link to the USB DVD/CDRW drive you reference:

      http://amzn.to/2G9Ulop

      • no way
        March 20, 2018

        LMAO well at least you admitted your mistake, although it’s pretty unprofessional that you refused to publish my comment with the EXACT SAME LINK without giving me credit for it.

      • lexinton
        April 4, 2018

        I have a macbook 2009 and the built in drive is not working. Are you saying that I can use any external drive except the Apple one and it will work without the hack?

      • toni
        April 4, 2018

        Most external USB CD/DVD drives will work immediately when connected to a Mac, try it out. It may depend on the brand and build. The Apple SuperDrive is limited for some reason by default, but most third party drives are not.

    • Joe
      March 19, 2018

      My slim Samsung USB burner has worked great with OS X too. My burner is a different model number but very similar to the model you posted. I’ve never had an issue with it.

      • no way
        March 20, 2018

        Same here, Joe, I have an under $30 Samsung USB superdrive that does everything the expensive non compatible Apple one does for way less.

  10. Garth
    March 20, 2018

    This did not work for an Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15″. I turned off SIP, rebooted, etc. Changed the boot-args value and confirmed it was correct. Rebooted. Turned on SIP. Received the same error when launching DVD player: “There was an initialization error. A valid DVD drive could not be found. [70012]”. Interesting that my Mac DVD Ripper Pro application is able to find the drive. Think I’ll just find a non-Apple DVD player app. Really, it’s pretty bad that Apple can’t fix their own DVD player app after all these years.

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