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Apple USB DVD drive : junk ? or not ?
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Aug 21, 2014, 08:09 AM
 
Im getting an iMac i7 in a few days. I have a 100 gift card

I was thinking of an apple USB DVD drive.

the review on the apple site are very mixed. some say the drive died after

3 - 4 cd's were placed in it. this would really be for occational use.

and use up a few bucks

any idea on what the warranty is on this drive from apple ?

had any luck with them or not ?

many thanks
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Aug 21, 2014, 08:14 AM
 
No experience with that particular drive, but unless you like the appearance, there are many equivalent drives for less. I use what I think is this one:

Amazon.com: AmazonBasics USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive (Black): Electronics
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Aug 21, 2014, 09:59 AM
 
many thanks. the apple one would be 'free' ie I have a 100 gift card ....

unless I can think of something else I need. Indeed stuff at the apple store is always

a bit more pricy then amazon et.al.

many thanks

any ideas on how to find out about the warranty ?

I could call .....

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Aug 21, 2014, 10:43 AM
 
Its a year, but if you get it with a new machine, and you get Applecare on the same receipt, you get the benefit of the Applecare warranty.
     
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Aug 21, 2014, 01:45 PM
 
rats I should have done that. wanted something for the gift card.
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Aug 21, 2014, 02:24 PM
 
Ill ask aapl politely to extend the Apple Care to the DVD drive.

I should have ordered that w the iMac and the two cables w the gift card.

taking bets on what they will say .....



thanks for the tip.
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Aug 21, 2014, 03:26 PM
 
I have an Apple USB drive for the past two years, used it to install software from DVDs, CDs, played audio and video discs. rip discs, burned CDs quite often during that time and it is still working well for me.
     
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Aug 22, 2014, 04:10 PM
 
I would suggest you go without the CD at all. Or at least try going without it for a bit and see how it goes.
I have seen a few times with clients they bought the USB DVD drive from Apple and have used it maybe once or twice in total. Was a waste of money for them.

I just use the remote disk feature with an existing older computer over the network on the rare occasion I want to read a disk.
I have a USB CD drive (not the Apple one but an older USB2 generic model) but never use it.
I never need to use CD on the road so I never pack it, and when I am at home I can just fire up the remote CD feature and put the disk into the older desktop computer that is still in my office.

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Aug 24, 2014, 05:55 PM
 
I bought one when I upgraded to one of the driveless new iMacs last year. The external DVD drive looks good, works great and is nice to have in a pinch but I must admit that I hardly use it at all and could have easily lived with the workarounds suggested above and saved some $.
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