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Upgrade Your Mac’s Optical Drive Options

Macs are constantly evolving. They’re becoming faster, more powerful and as found in the MacBook Pro with Retina display and new iMac, they’re becoming significantly thinner.

While saving space and looking great, this evolution also has drawbacks. With ultra-thin designs, something must fall by the wayside. And in new iMacs, rMBPs, MacBook Airs and Mac minis, one important part is left out — an optical drive.

New, thinner Macs aren’t the only machines that suffer from a lack of an optical drive. In older Macs, the drive can simply wear out over time. Naturally, Other World Computing makes it easy to replace a failed drive or add one as an external!

With OWC’s range of internal and external optical drive upgrade/replacement solutions, you can burn CDs, DVDs and BD-R discs. You can even make your own Blu-ray movies with Roxio Toast.  Check out all your options at

Optical drives make it easy and affordable to back up files for long-term storage, rip audio CDs instead of re-buying digitally, send files without network access, or send pictures of videos to family members who don’t often use computers. You can also install disc-based apps and keep playing your games that require you to have the disc in the drive.

If you decide you no longer need your internal optical drive, you can install our Data Doubler kit in certain Macs and repurpose the optical drive’s space for a second hard drive or SSD. And, you can use our SuperSlim enclosure to use your optical drive as an external. Check out our article in January’s issue of Macworld or visit to see how!

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Larry O'Connor is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois-based Other World Computing (OWC®). Starting as a one-man business in 1988, O'Connor has provided the leadership and vision to establish OWC as the leading provider of technology products and services today.
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