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    Aug 28, 2011
    Macbook Pro's SuperDrive as external drive

    I own a MacBook Pro 13" 2010 and am about to swap the SuperDrive with an SSD. I already have the Optibay case for the Mac's internal HDD, but not for the SuperDrive. What I want to know is, whether I can somehow connect the SuperDrive through the USB port with some sort of opticaldrive-to-usb connector? If not, what sort of technical specifications must I be aware of when buying an external SuperDrive case?
    Since I reside inside the EU, I would appreciate not being linked to US retailers.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Doug b's Avatar
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    Jun 22, 2008
    Forest Hills, NYC
    15-inch Early 2008; Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; Memory 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 10.7.5
    I realize that you didn't want an US based site, but oh well. You can do the rest of the leg work considering that you know the UK based sites which I don't. What you want is something like this (and they do take BP)

    SATA Optical Drive (Superdrive) Enclosure for Unibody Macbook


    P.S. All I did was Google " Turn MacBook Pro SuperDrive into an external drive"

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    Member Since
    Aug 28, 2011
    I know there are a few options, but I'm looking for the cheapest way. I could do without the case, if it were possible to get some sort of cable or connector, which would link the SuperDrive externally to the Macbook Pro via USB port.

    Something like this:

    What kind of a connector does the SuperDrive even use?

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    It would be called a Universal Drive adapter. Yes, you can find some cheaper ones probably at amazon and newegg.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
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  5. #5

    Member Since
    Aug 28, 2011
    I figured out the SuperDrive uses a micro SATA controller and found a cheap micro SATA-to-USB cable. Just what the doctor ordered.

    Thanks for the replies.

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