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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!


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


Product Specifications


  • 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:


Drive Type
Internal DVD/CD Writer
Form Factor
9.5mm Laptop
Loading Mechanism
Bezel Color
No Bezel
Buffer Memory
Mounting Orientation
Horizontal / Vertical
Manufacturer Model Number
RoHS Compliant


Supported Formats


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


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 (Dual Layer)
DVD+R (Dual Layer)
DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)

Maximum Write Speeds




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


Port Configuration

  • USB 2.0 - (1) mini "B" port

Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)


  • 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


  • (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


  • Dependent on mechanism installed


  • Dependent on mechanism installed


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


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 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 46 out of 48 (96%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Kind of clunky, but works nicely. May 11, 2014 So far in my working with the OWC Slim, I've found it works as described. On some USB buses it works great with just one connection. With longer cables, and with other USB buses, I've used the VERY kindly provided Y-cable for connection with total success. It's quiet and effective.

The only complaint I have at this point is closing the door on the drive. It's clunky. Because of the thinness of the drive, the lightness of the metal and plastic used, it is NOT easy to close the drive door, with or without a disc inside. My instinct was to push directly in the middle of the door to shut it. Nope! Then the door bangs on the drive frame and I can't shut it. Sometimes I've had luck pushing to the side. But the only reliable way to close it is with two hands using your two thumbs on either side of the center of the door. That's annoying in certain circumstances where I really only have one hand to offer. I suspect this problem can be solved by simply angling either the drive's frame where the door enters, or angling the edge of the door. As it is, the drive has square edge meets square end and any flexing of the door or the drive means it's NOT going to close. Please fix this.

I was pleased to find the mechanism in my drive is from Matsushita, whom I admire. I have a number of their drives and have always found them reliable (and hackable!)

Having nothing to do with OWC: I always have to complain about the horror of stupid marketing that lead to the disc region system. I regularly use discs from Japan, not just my designated market of the USA. It's outrageously idiotic to be forced to lock any drive to any marketing region. The marketing morons who invented and maintain this horror should be [expletives deleted]. The same goes for the horror called DRM, or digital rights manglement. Throw those marketing morons into the same pit as the others. I hate the bad attitude of our media oligarchy. Of course people are going to commit the retribution of pirating media, seeing as the media oligarchy already treats them as default criminals. Thus ends that rant.

Summary: If you can deal with the annoying door closing of the drive, this is a really nice piece of tech. It's quite amazing considering the olden days of gigantic heavy drives when the first CD burners hit the market. This is progress.

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.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Southeastern US Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works Perfectly on my iMac May 6, 2014 Just plugged this drive in and it worked right out of the box. I was able to play a DVD-ROM game, play a DVD, and burn some video of a grade school play to a DVD-R for Grandma and to a BD-R in high definition for me, both using Premiere Elements, no problem. Great not having to worry about a power adapter. The only con I can find is that it is so small and light it does slide around on the desk a bit when loading and unloading if you don't hold onto it.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim USB 2.0 Portable Tray-Loading 6X Blu-ray Burner/Reader + SuperMultiDrive DVD/DVD-DL/CD R/W..

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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