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OWC SuperSlim drive
8X Portable USB 2.0 External DVD/CD Writer

USB 2.0 Optical Drive

Mac / PC / USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Mac
  • PC
  • USB
Add a high performance USB optical drive to any computer.
Good looks and great flexibility.
The OWC SuperSlim drive is the good-looking, great value CD/DVD drive that's indispensible in your gear bag. A fast USB 2.0 interface and a lightweight design provides portable convenience and flexibility for use with both Macs and PCs. Just plug in the included USB cable and the OWC SuperSlim is ready to go -- perfect for school, home, work, and play.
Compact and versatile, everywhere.
The OWC SuperSlim drive offers stylish mobile disk read/write ability with a sleek, totally bus-powered design. It's small enough to slip into a laptop bag so you'll always have an optical drive on hand, whatever your needs.

Supports CDs at up to 24x speed and 700MB, and DVDs at up to 8x speed and 8.5GB dual layer.
Total backup & archiving solution
Optical media is a great, secure solution for long term archiving and backup - especially for photos, audio files, and video. Optical media is durable, portable easy to store, and long-lasting. Don't let your only copy be the one on your hard drive - plug in an OWC SuperSlim drive for a portable backup solution.


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 for Apple SuperDrive 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
  • 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

Chipset

  • Prolific 2506

Read Speeds*

  • DVD up to 8x
  • CD up to 24x

Write Speeds*

  • DVD up to 8x
  • CD up to 24x

Standard Mechanism

Hitachi-LG Data Storage 8X DVD/CD Writer Specs:

General

Drive Type
Internal DVD/CD Writer
Form Factor
9.5mm Laptop
Interface
EIDE/ATAPI
Loading Mechanism
Slot
Bezel Color
No Bezel
Buffer Memory
2MB
Mounting Orientation
Horizontal / Vertical
Manufacturer Model Number
GSA-S10N
RoHS Compliant
Yes

Performance

Supported Formats
DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, CD-Audio, Video-CD, Photo CD, CD-I(FMV), CD-Extra, CD-TEXT

Capacity

Data Capacity
8.5GB : DVD General Use Double Layer
4.7GB : DVD General Use
700MB : 79 minute CD
650MB : 74 minute CD
550MB : 63 minute CD

Disk Labeling

Disc Labeling
No

Physical

Height (max)
9.5mm (0.39")
Width (max)
128.0mm (5.04")
Length (max)
127.0mm (5.00")
Weight (typical)
0.16kg (0.35lbs.)

Maximum Read Speeds

DVD-R
8X
DVD+R
8X
DVD-R (Dual Layer)
6X
DVD+R (Dual Layer)
6X
DVD-RW
6X
DVD+RW
6X
DVD-ROM
8X
DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)
6X
CD-ROM
24X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
24X

Maximum Write Speeds

DVD-R
8X
DVD+R
8X
DVD-R DL
4X
DVD+R DL
4X
DVD-RW
4X
DVD+RW
4X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
24X

Reliability

Environment

Operating Temperature
5° C to 50° C
Non-Operating Temperature
-40° C to 65° C
Operating Humidity
5% to 90% R.H.
Non-Operating Humidity
5% to 95% R.H.
OWC Notes:

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later is highly recommended! At this time, there is no native support for this drive when using earlier versions of Mac OS X. Patching this drive for support under earlier versions of Mac OS X is possible using Christian Moller's PatchBurn Software.

Drive Interface

  • IDE/ATAPI

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.
  • *Audio CD burning not supported.

Windows Requirements*

  • Windows 98SE or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1 port.
  • USB 2.0 functionality requires Windows 2000 or later.
  • *Audio CD burning not supported.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported the USB interface.

Power Supply

  • Bus Power via USB on most computers with USB 2.0 port factory stock.

External Case Dimensions

  • 5.6 in (D) x 5.7 in (W) x .95 in (H)(14.25 cm x 14.5 cm x 2.425 cm)

Enclosure Weight

  • 4.3 ounces (122g)

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

Software

LightScribe
OWC Disc Labeling Software Bundle for Mac OS X
All the software you need to label your finished discs on your Mac! Includes: LightScribe System Software, LightScribe Simple Labeler & Smile On My Mac: DiskLabel Full Version! With DiscLabel you can create, print, & share CD labels, jewel case inserts, and DVD covers that look truly professional.... a $35.95 value!
View detailed LightScribe Simple Labeler info | View detailed Smile On My Mac: DiskLabel info
Prosoft Macworld 4.5 miceAward
Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3 for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
Backup Made Easy. Data Backup makes it easy to backup to FireWire and USB drives, network drives, CDs and even DVDs. Make schedules so you don't need to 'think' about backing up... It does it for you.
A $59.00 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase software separately from solution
Novastor
NovaStor NovaBACKUP® Solution for Windows®
NovaBACKUP has been helping millions of users recover from data loss and disasters for over 18 years. Feature rich, NovaBACKUP provides a powerful backup solution. Built-in support for hundreds of the most popular storage devices and a step-by-step backup and restore wizard makes NovaBACKUP extremely easy to use. Requires Windows 2000 or later.
A $49.95 Value! View detailed software info

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.3 / 5 45 out of 47 (96%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: StymieD
Rating: 5/5 3 Years and Still Going Strong January 30, 2018 Works great. As the title says, I've had this little device for over three years and it's still going strong.

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Reviewer: NewMacGuy Location: Evanston, IL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 Good Drive Option October 2, 2017 I purchased this drive for my iMac instead of the apple drive. I liked it because it gave me the Blu-ray option at a price less than the apple drive. It has worked flawlessly since I purchased over a year ago.

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Reviewer: MacBob Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic! July 12, 2017 This works beautifully. Connected and recognized by my macbook pro right out of the box. Be advised that it takes up 2 USB ports, one for data and one for power.

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Reviewer: Melaure Location: Lyon, France Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Excellent drive but lacks USB3 or TB for some high data rates BR June 7, 2017 Hi,

I use this drive for many years with my 27" iMac (personal use, not pro use), and are satisfied with the drive itself. The enclosure seems light (maybe too light and fragile), but is nice.

The trouble is that USB 2 can be saturated with some Blu Ray with high rate/low compression movies, and movie lags a lot (like Gladiator). Happilly I have an external Firewire 800 BR burner (OWC enclosure, unfortunately not available anymore ...) with a Pionner BDR-209DBK. With Firewire 800, no problem at all !

So it would be nice to have a new product with USB3+TB, to overcome the saturation problem.

Sincerely,

Gilles

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Reviewer: rsdio Location: Seattle, WA Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Works fine, but case is flimsy May 1, 2017 This Blu-ray Burner performs as expected, but there is one catch. The case is so thin that it can be difficult to close the drawer without catching. Since the drive is so light, it usually takes a little downward force to keep it from sliding across the desk when pushing the drawer closed, but this pressure is enough to bend the case into the slot where the drawer belongs enough that it gets blocked. Thus, it takes a two-handed approach or an awkward grip to get the door closed. Once you learn how to work around this, it's not too bad, but I eventually purchased the larger Blu-ray Burner just to get a solid case that isn't so flimsy. The lower cost mostly makes up for this shortcoming.

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Reviewer: iTechsg Location: United States
Rating: 4/5 Pleased with Product April 24, 2017 Effortless connection and functionality. Using on my MacBook Pro 15" retina. Very pleased with performance and usability.

Recommend.

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Reviewer: T0shi0 Location: Vermont Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 Just what I was looking for. November 7, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Slim Portable 6X Blu-ray Burner/Reader + SuperMultiDrive DVD/DVD-DL/CD Reader/Writer. Customer Videos:
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: northern CO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good quality external Blu-ray burner August 1, 2016 The garage sale price and the quality of this burner was a great deal

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Slim Portable 6X Blu-ray Burner/Reader + SuperMultiDrive DVD/DVD-DL/CD Reader/Writer.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NZ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 This product does what it says it will. July 10, 2016 I have always used Toast and it was great to get an Upgrade with my new blu-ray drive. The drive is very efficient and from what I have done so far since purchase I am very satisfied with. Reliable and quite fast. Very portable but also can be plugged in so a real plus there. As I had Toast12 this upgrade wasn't as much as I had hoped for but it is faster than 12 so that alone is worth the upgrade. Thanks OWC thats a great bundle.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 External Blu Ray May 5, 2016 Use this very rarely but has performed well with all discs. I would recommend this for anyone looking for an reasonably priced external. My only complaint with the drive is the case could be a bit more sturdy. if you pinch the front while closing the drawer for leverage, it can get it the way.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 1/5 Product lacks feature to write audio files February 14, 2016 Only place noted - in spec as fine type footnote

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Salt Lake City, UT Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Awesome product, easy to use February 12, 2016 I was reluctant to buy one of these for my Macbook Air because the price seemed too good to be true. But this drive works perfectly. It was so easy to set up as well! It comes with everything you need in the box. There are not great instructions but I was able to set it up with no issues at all. Works automatically with iTunes, and all my video player apps.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 It works without problems December 6, 2015 I've only used the unit twice since receipt. It is a little noisy upon inserting disc and unit preparing to play. After setting down, you may know the unit is running, but it is noticeably quieter than startup. Most importantly, I can play Blu-ray Discs on my Mac. I haven't had any problems in running this with Laewo's software. We'll see how it holds up, but I am confident in OWC/Macsale support of their products. I am pleased with the purchase.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Toronto, ON Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 great product and very quiet! Love it! November 2, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim USB 2.0 Portable Tray-Loading 6X Blu-ray Burner+ SuperMultiDrive w/Roxio Toast 15 Ti+HD.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Philadelphia, PA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Love this little giant of a drive November 1, 2015 Bought my first Blu-ray external several years ago from OWC. It was big and expensive (compared to today's prices). Actually, the price was good for the time. Recently I bought the 6X OWC Slim Blu-ray Burner/Reader w/Toast 14. The bundle was less than the price of Toast alone. I think the drive alone was about $64. I am enjoying the new version of Toast, but I really can't live without the drive. I back up all my data on 25G Blu-ray discs. At 6X I can back up 25G in the time it used to take to back up 700M on CDs as I did in the early days. I have had no failed burns, with this drive. Best of all, I only need one drive now. I carry it with me everywhere so I can do my backups and restores on any computer. It's even buss powered. It comes with a USB "Y" cable, in case the buss you are using doesn't have enough power, you can plug the other USB plug into another port or hub, but I have not needed to to this. On my tower and my laptop, one USB connection to the computer has provided enough power for the drive to do its amazing work. I am so glad I bought this powerful, yet inexpensive portable optical drive. It has helped me keep my backups current with very little effort. I love it.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Blaine, WA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 This product is reliable. September 21, 2015 OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution has taken up the Optical Drive space so now my 6X OWC Slim Blu-ray Burner/Reader + SuperMultiDrive DVD/DVD-DL/CD R/W is my new optical drive.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Southern CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Works Well August 11, 2015 I have two of these, both bought from OWC. One, although made by a different manufacturer, is virtually identical to this drive. I have had one for a couple of years and this one a little less than a year. Both have been used extensively ripping DVD and BluRay discs from my personal library. Both have also burned CD, DVD and BluRay discs without a single failure.

Both drives will, on rare occasions crash when inserting a disc to rip but I think this is a computer software or OS problem rather than a proper problem with the drive itself. I have probably run more than 1,000 discs through my older drive and 200 or so through this newer one.

My only complaint is that they can be difficult to close if you put any pressure on the top of the case. The issue is easily solved by either sticking the drive to the desk or supporting the drive from the back while closing it.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New Zealand Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Excellent August 6, 2015 Performs well. Slightly larger than expected compared to other brands but still easy to travel with and use with laptop. Would be nice if software came with it but it was easy to find online.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nash. TN
Rating: 5/5 Works as advertised August 3, 2015 Plug it in and burn. Awesome!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Birmingham, AL Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Just PERFECT for my needs July 22, 2015 As I only have a portable MacBook Pro right now, it didn't make a lot of sense for me to purchase a large, fast Blu-ray reader/recorder. I've had this puppy for two days now and, as I had purchased Toast Titanium 14 at a discounted price, I was ready to plug and play out of the box. I have not used any of the included software, so I've nothing to report on that, but the drive itself is lightweight (something that others have found to be negative) and I'm really amazed by how very quickly discs mount and copy data over the USB cables: lightening fast compared to an older built-in SuperDrive!

Very pleased thus far. If any problems crop up, I'll report them.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Payson, AZ. Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Portable and works great! June 22, 2015 I bought this when the superdrive in my iMac died. I've used it for a few years and it works great! I finally replaced the dead superdrive with a new one from OWC, but I still keep this plugged into my system for convenience and ease of use.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Excellent product for the money June 10, 2015 Although a bit flimsy, this feature-packed portable DVD/Blu-ray burner/player was well worth the money. I highly recommend it. Just be careful closing the tray.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: MA Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 External DVD DL and CD Reader/Player for Mac May 4, 2015 This was a gift for my daughter - Her new mac does not have a CD/DVD drive. This was installed easily and she has not informed me of any issues since purchase.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Exactly what I asked for. April 16, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim USB 2.0 Portable Tray-Loading 6X Blu-ray Burner+ SuperMultiDrive w/Roxio Toast 15 Ti+HD.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: East Helena, MT Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Affordable, shipped promptly, east to set up, work nice! April 3, 2015 I was lucky... originally I was looking to replace my internal drive on my mid-2012 iMac desktop. Then, thanks to the video on this site, I realized that I could not, in fact, pull a corn cob from my butt through to my mouth without some difficulty.

So I ordered the outboard drive...

And am I ever glad I did! The price was very affordable, it shipped promptly, set-up was way E-Z, and it's been working like a champ ever since.

There is something you should do if you order this drive. Your computer should have an internal command available to put an EJECT DISC symbol right up on your task bar. It makes it a breeze to eject a disc from the drive.

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OWC SuperSlim drive Mfr P/N: MRSSDSDL8X OWC SKU: OWCMRSSDSDL8X 8X Portable USB 2.0 External DVD/CD Writer 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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