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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/

Need an enclosure for a 12.7mm SATA optical drive?
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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!


OWC Slim includes


Product Specifications

Manufacturer Part Number



  • 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)


  • 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)

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

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


Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.2 / 5 65 out of 78 (83%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: iluvsnO Location: Japan Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Gets it done. February 16, 2012 The SuperSlim is .... slim. Doesn't take up any room in my bag so it's easy enough to keep with me. The only thing is the build doesn't look or feel as nice as some of their external HD enclosures. Besides that, no complaints here.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: coasterer Location: Greensboro, NC Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Great design and price January 24, 2012 I had initial problems with this drive being recognized by OS X, and I left a negative review. This negative review was noticed by Steven at OWC and he actually called me to resolve the issue. This is further evidence that OWC is a world-class company that stands behind its products.

I simply reset my PRAM with the Slim Drive installed. After that the disc in the drive was displayed on the Desktop and within Explorer.

Steven explained that there is a limitation within OS X whereby DVD Player (that's baked into OS X) will ONLY recognize internally installed optical drives. I now simply use VLC to play movies, if need be.

I am completely satisfied with this drive. It is sleek, packable in my backpack and the "Y" USB cable (one for power and one for data) is plenty long for appropriate placement of the drive while in use.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Nanonuke Location: SF Bay Area Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 3/5 Recommend for Macbook Pro’s Prior to 2011 only January 16, 2012 I bought this with the OWC data doubler and I have 2 SSD’s working very well but when I wanted to create a Bootcamp parition on the second or the first SSD, Forget about doing this having 2 Drives. If you have a 2011 Macbook Pro + LION, The bootcamp prepares the DVD for driver etc. but when it boots to start the Windows 7 Install, It hangs and there is no work around for Windows but if you are installing linux there is a work around. I also spent several hours with apple support and they mentioned it is a feature and they will not report this as a bug. So we as consumers are the one’s at loss.

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Reviewer: LastStopReviews Location: Kansas City, MO Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 3/5 Mostly Works October 19, 2011 I purchased with this with Optibay for my 17" Macbook Pro, the enclosure is very easy to install the Slim DVD Superdrive into. Unfortunately, the screw that is inserted to the bottom of the enclosure is not long enough and the top and bottom of the enclosure continuously slide apart. Also one of the rubber feet have already fallen off. Overall the product is a lower quality than I expected.

For $45 I expected a higher quality product, for $40 I could have purchased a slim DVD External drive from samsung, that would probably work just as well as this and the superdrive.

The nice redeeming factor about this drive is the included USB Y-Cable is longer than most you'd find in retail store, making it very easy to position the dvd drive near your computer.

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing November 10, 2011 We were aware of an isolated incident with a few retail packaged units that had the incorrect screw supplied. That issue was quickly resolved quite some time ago. Regardless of time, we are sorry to learn of that experience and can certainly provide you with the correct screw.