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OWC SuperSlim

USB 2.0 optical drive external enclosure

Mac / PC / USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Mac
  • PC
  • USB
For the optical drive removed from a unibody Mac notebook.
A perfect companion for the OWC Data Doubler.
Ideal solution for Macs with replaced optical drive!
The OWC SuperSlim for Apple SuperDrive solution makes CD and DVD burning and playing Plug-and-play easy* with Macs and PCs. It's bus-powered (no AC adapter needed!), ultra-thin, and lightweight for easy transport in your gear bag.
Uses ANY 9.5mm SuperSlim Slot Loading Optical Drive
While an extremely attractive option for MacBook® and MacBook Pro owners looking to retask a removed Apple® SuperDrive®, the OWC SuperSlim is also a great choice for ANY 9.5mm optical drive... even those with mounting tabs! So whether you choose an enclosure kit to build your own solution, or select an OWC pre-configured solution, the OWC SuperSlim offers stylish, highly portable disc read/write capabilities for your specific need.
Compact and versatile – No AC Adapter Required!
The OWC SuperSlim offers stylish mobile disc read/write ability with a sleek, totally bus-powered design. Take your digital life with you wherever you roam!
*Disc read/write capabilities vary depending on installed drive. Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or the Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your SuperSlim drive, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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Benchmark

Test Details: DVD+R 8x burn test using a 3.8GB file, CD-R 24x burn test using a 583MB file with a Panas onic UJ-898 SuperDrive on a MacBook Pro with model ID: Macbook Pro 6,2 running
OS X 10.6.8

Same performance of
internal optical drive!

Equipped with an Apple SuperDrive®, the OWC SuperSlim offers CD/DVD write speeds equal to and even slightly better than when the drive is installed internally in a 2011 MacBook Pro.

Now you can retain full performance of a replaced optical drive after adding the OWC Data Doubler!

Includes

OWC Slim includes
  • OWC SuperSlim external optical drive enclosure
  • High Quality Double Shielded 'Y' type Dual USB 2.0/1.1 (Dual 'A' to 5 pin 'mini-B' type) cable

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Product Specifications

Manufacturer Part Number

  • VLSS9TOPTU2

Chipset

  • Sunplus

Drive Requirements

  • Any 9.5mm SATA slim slot loading optical drive mechanism, including those with mounting tabs.

Drive Interface

  • SATA (Serial ATA)

Port Configuration

  • USB 2.0 – (1) mini "B" port

Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 2.0 – 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)

Cooling

  • Super quiet fanless ventilation

Macintosh Requirements

  • Mac OS 8.6 or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1 port.
  • USB 2.0 functionality requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x.
  • Note: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or the Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your SuperSlim drive, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Windows Requirements

  • Windows 98SE or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1 port.
  • USB 2.0 functionality requires Windows 2000 or later.

Power Supply

  • Bus-power via USB on most computers with standard USB 2.0 port.
  • Optional AC Adapter* (available as a separate purchase here)
    * AC adapter not required for most applications provided computer bus supplies appropriate power needs.

External Case Dimensions

  • 5.85 in (D) x 5.72 in (W) x 0.6 in (H)
    (148.59 mm x 145.29 mm x 15.24 mm)

Enclosure Weight

  • 4.2 ounces (119.07g)

Product Manual

Operating Environment

Temperature

  • (operating) from 5°C ~ up to 50°C (41°F – 122°F)
  • (non-operating) from -45°C ~ up to 65°C (-40°F – 149°F)

Relative Humidity

  • Operating*: from 10% – up to 90% non-condensing
  • Non-operating*: from 5% – up to 95% non-condensing
    *Dependent upon optical drive mechanism used

Shock

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Vibration

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Warranty

1 Year OWC Brand Standard Limited Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use, but should the need occur – OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. OWC's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. OWC solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.

View more information about the 1 Year OWC Brand Standard Limited Warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n VLSS9TOPTU2 UPC#: 736211766656

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.1 / 5 48 out of 59 (81%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Anonymous Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 3/5 Weird Problems February 3, 2016 One, you'll need the double USB cable to power it from older laptops, which means you won't be able to use USB storage while it's connected. That's a pain. Two, good luck finding it... the size, shape, and black plastic of it means that it will slide into any drawer, box, container you have around and you'll never see it again. I lost it for two years... if it was shiny and solid like the hard drive enclosures, it'd probably be fine. (I found it, still haven't had to actually use it)

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Plastic Enclosure January 30, 2016 The enclosure was a flimsier plastic than what it looked like online. I was able to finally get it to snap shut after much fiddling with it. I do like the fact that it comes with another USB connector to power the drive in the event it needs the extra juice. The build quality could be better. Perhaps an all metal enclosure similar to Apple's Superdrive would be a nice addition to the catalog.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Georgia Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Works well January 15, 2016 If you've used their data doubler and still want to use your optical drive, this is what you need. Simple install, works just as it would enclosed in the laptop.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wellington, New Zealand Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Great product December 15, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend!
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Southern California Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This is great November 17, 2015 I shopped a great deal at OWC and this was a part of it.

Actually, it was 1/4rd of the order and it gave me a place to put the optical drive from my Mid 2010 2.4Ghz 13" MacBook Pro Model 7,1 right where it belongs in an external enclosure. That opened an internal bay for my OWC Mercury Electra 3G 120GB SSD and the Data Doubler. Since I had to open the computer anyway, I also doubled the ram from 4GB to 8GB, and replaced the stock Toshiba 250GB HDD with a SEAGATE 500GB 6G Hybrid Drive that I can use when I my Mid 2010 MBP finally passes on. My MacBook Pro is reborn thanks to OWC.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: usa Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 super easy install November 6, 2015 I took out the CD drive in my 2009 MBP to make room for an SSD. This was a simple choice to buy an external enclosure. If the next MBP I buy doesn't have a CD drive I'll be able to use this.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: São Bernardo do Campo - SP Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very easy to install!! October 29, 2015 Very easy to install!! Cheap and smart way to reuse the Macbook optical drive!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nashville Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC USB 2 enclosure for Apple Superdrive October 24, 2015 i use this every day to make dubs with in the studio. The footprint is small.... A bit of a pain dealing with the two USB split cable. The unit grabs all its power from the two USB ports on the computer. It does sort of work with only one USB connected, but for safety sake I always use both and have never had a problem that way.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Hollywood, FL Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Does what it's supposed to do very well September 12, 2015 Very happy with the device....great product for great price....keep up the good work

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Tampa Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product when upgrading hard drive. July 27, 2015 Even though I don't use the DVD drive often, I still wanted to have one available. When researching the options for upgrading my hard drive, I discovered this case to place my existing DVD drive in, instead of having to buy a new portable drive. Works great, Only took about 10 minutes to complete.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Colorado Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Convenient July 1, 2015 Nice enclosure for superdrive. Works with many windows, linux and mac machines but not all.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles, CA Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Does what it specifies very well. June 4, 2015 The design could use a bit more refinement. If I'm pulling out my DVD drive, I would have liked a bit of a nicer material around it, with a touch of noise and vibration dampening. That said, it works perfectly from a single USB port on my MacBook Pro, and is seamlessly integrated with the OS.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Colorado Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 1/5 Absolutely Horrible March 23, 2015 Went through multiple RMA's. The drive kept un-mounting at various times. I even bought a new drive to install in to the enclosure but made no difference. Unfortunately OWC wouldn't refund my money. I know it wasn't the Mac because I have 6 Mac (Macbook Pro, iMacs, Mac Pro, Mac Minis etc running latest OSX) and it did the exact same thing to all of them. Luckily I was able to sell it but lost $$$.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Vancouver BC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 For those rare times when I may need an Optical Drive March 20, 2015 I pulled the optical drive from my MacBook Pro and put in a solid state drive. I only used this case once so far in the last year but it is handy to have around.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Roseburg, OR Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Easy to use and setup! February 9, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend!
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Boston,MA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great new home for a replaced optical drive January 30, 2015 I replaced my optical drive in my Mac Bool Pro with the data doubler and had a perfectly functional optical drive without a home. I grabbed this enclosure and was able to very quickly re-home my laptop's former optical drive. Works wonderfully, performs more reliably than my other external optical drive and is pretty adorable as well.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Excellent solution when adding disk drives January 23, 2015 I bought this in tandem with a new SSD and Disk Doubler so that I could continue the use of my original HDD. I don't use my optical drive much, but I didn't want to lose it totally, so this was a logical buy.

Once you take your optical drive out of your MBP, installing it into the enclosure is very simple - a couple of screws and you're done. It a very snug fit and the drive doesn't move at all. After that, you just connect it to your MBP via USB, insert a disk, and it appears just as before.

So now I just keep this stored away while I'm not using it and attach when needed. Great solution when expanding your disk storage.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Adelaide, Australia Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple and easy January 14, 2015 Used this after I added a SSD into my MBP. Simple and easy to use with everything supplied. The USB cable has two connections but I found it works fine with one USB connection.

Tested both with MBP 2009 and iMac 2014.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: West Bloomfield, MI Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works well January 10, 2015 Installed the Superdrive in this housing after using data doubler to put disk drive in CD/DVD bay. CD/DVD performance seems the same as it was...

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Saint Louis Mo Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Works great! December 31, 2014 This OWC SuperDrive works great with my MacBook Pro. I purchased the DATA Doubler months a go and need a way to upload and play some old CD's, After installing my old optical drive into the SuperSlim USB Enclosure it function as it had prior to being removed. .

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Hamburg, NY Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works as Well as the Apple SuperDrive December 23, 2014 I bought this enclosure to go along with the OWC data doubler kit for my 2012 MacBook Pro. While the casing does feel a little "cheap", it does the job, certainly if you consider that by using it you've already decided it was worth it to remove it from your system in the first place! USB 3.0 would be nice to have as well, but it's not a deal breaker.

So far I have had no issues with the MBP recognizing the drive, although there are two potential issues which should be brought to light:

1 - Ejecting. The drive seems to struggle a little on eject, like it can't quite push the disc all the way out. I had noticed this behavior somewhat when the drive was in the MBP, but it seems a little more pronounced now.

2 - DVD playback. You will likely not be able to play DVDs "out of the box", but there are a few workarounds. Apparently VLC works, but another way is to [backup and] modify your ~/System/Library/Frameworks/DVDPlayback.framework file, repair disk permissions on your boot drive and then restart, as outlined here:

http://www.cnet.com/news/addressing-dvd-player-error-70012-when-using-external-drives-in-os-x/

This fix has worked for me, although your mileage may very.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Black Mountain, NC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Good for the price December 6, 2014 Does what it claims, turns your internal drive into a portable one.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Atlanta, GA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Noob Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 simple and works well December 6, 2014 I'm using this enclosure to house the old optical drive ("Superdrive") from inside my MacBook Pro 13" mid-2010 build. The instructions, should you need them, were clear and the assembly was simple. I am using the assembly as an external optical drive for my iMac (desktop). The unit evidently receives adequate power via the USB hookup. Note- OWC sells a power supply separately (I do wish that was made more clear in the product description). I've had the enclosure for a few weeks now; I will follow-up at a later date re: longevity issues as necessary.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 3/5 Missing function November 23, 2014 Apologies if I missed information indicating this product would not read DVDs. (On-line search shows there is a work-around I have yet to try.) Product has worked very well in burning movie DVDs - just can't read them.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing November 24, 2014 It really isn't a product flaw, simply a software restriction that you're running into. Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or the Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your SuperSlim drive, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Virginia Beach Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Needed additional CD/DVD drive for the office November 12, 2014 I needed an additional CD/DVD drive for use in my office.

I would recommend this item to a friend!