Super Drive


Super Drive is a term that was introduced by Apple Inc for two different storage drives. From 1980s to 1990s, Super Drive name used to refer to a high-density disk drive and now used to refer to a combined CD/DVD reader/writer.

In early Macintosh computers, Super Drive was used as internal floppy drive. Later days it came as external drive, which worked on both apples’ product lines. However, it mainly intended to utilize on the Apple 2 series. Macintosh 2x was first Macintosh model to include Super Drive floppy drive. In addition, exemption of the PowerBooks 100, PowerBook Duo series, and PowerBook 2400c, all Macintosh and PowerBook included Super Drive floppy drive built in.

Current Super Drives:

The Mac Pro Super Drive

  • Writes DVD±R discs at up to 16x,
  • Writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 6x,
  • Reads DVDs at up to 16x,
  • Writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 24x,
  • Reads CDs at up to 32x.

The MacBook Pro (17 inch), Mac mini, and iMac Super Drive

  • Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x
  • Writes DVD-RW and DVD+RW discs at up to 4x
  • Writes DVD+R DL at up to 2.4x
  • Writes CD-R at up to 24x
  • Writes CD-RW at up to 16x
  • Reads single layer DVD-ROM discs at up to 8x
  • Reads double layer DVD+R at up to 4x
  • Reads other DVDs at up to 6x
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