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Slim
Optical Drive Enclosure

Add portable bus-powered CD, DVD, and/or Blu-ray disc burning to any USB-equipped computer
Express your digital life with style, convenience, and value!
The OWC Slim optical drive kit makes CD, DVD, and/or Blu-ray disc creation1 plug-and-play easy. A fast USB 3 interface and a lightweight design provides portable convenience and flexibility for use with both Macs and PCs. Now you can add high performance optical drive functionality with stylish value to notebook or desktop computers.
Compact and versatile no AC adapter required!
The OWC Slim optical drive kit offers stylish mobile disc read/write ability with a sleek, totally bus-powered design. Just add your own 12.7mm slim tray-loading SATA optical drive2 and take your digital life with you wherever you roam!
OWC NOTE: This drive enclosure requires a SATA (Serial ATA) Slim 12.7mm tall drive mechanism. Please make sure that the drive you wish to use with this enclosure is compatible. Need an enclosure for a 9.5mm SATA optical drive? Click here to view the OWC SuperSlim external enclosure.
  1. Disc read/write capabilities vary depending on installed drive
  2. This enclosure is also compatible with 12.7mm slot-loading SATA optical drives, but it is designed with a tray-loading drive in mind. If you install a slot-loading drive, such as an Apple SuperDrive from a 2009-2010 Mac mini or 2009-2011 iMac, the unit will look "naked" due to the lack of a front bezel, but will function correctly.

Product Specifications

Specifications
  • Chipset
    • JMicron JMS578
  • Drive Interface
    • 6+7-pin SATA connector
  • Optical Drive Support
    • Any 9.5mm SATA slim slot loading optical drive mechanism, including those with mounting tabs
Compatibility
  • Mac OS Compatibility
    • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
    • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
    • macOS 10.12 Sierra
    • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
    • macOS 10.14 Mojave
    • macOS 10.15 Catalina
    • macOS 11.x Big Sur
  • PC OS Compatibility
    • Windows XP
    • Windows XP 64-bit Edition
    • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows 7 32-bit Edition
    • Windows 7 64-bit Edition
    • Windows 8 32-bit Edition
    • Windows 8 64-bit Edition
    • Windows 8.1 32-bit Edition
    • Windows 8.1 64-bit Edition
    • Windows 10 32-bit Edition
    • Windows 10 64-bit Edition
  • Other OS Compatibility
    • Chrome OS
Power
  • Power Supply
    • Bus-powered (Optional AC adapter)
  • External Power Adapter
    • Optional
Physical
  • Device Ports
    • (1) USB 3.2 Gen 1 Micro-B Port
  • Dimensions
    • Height: 2.3 cm (0.9 in)
    • Length: 14.6 cm (5.7 in)
    • Width: 14.3 cm (5.6 in)
Environmental
  • Ambient Temperature
    • Operating: 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)
    • Non-Operating: -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
  • Humidity
    • Operating: 10% to 80% non-condensing
    • Non-Operating: 10% to 90% non-condensing
Manufacturer provided specifications for OWC p/n OWCVLSSTOPTU3

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Includes

  • (1) OWC Slim external optical drive enclosure
  • (1) High Quality 'Y' type Dual USB 3 (Dual 'A' to 'Micro-B' type) cable
  • (1) OWC Slim Assembly Guide
  • 1 Year OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.3 / 5 84 out of 93 (90%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: randalb
Rating: 1/5 I Never Received It October 11, 2021 After waiting for weeks, this item never arrived and I had to contact the sales department about it. It was explained to me that they couldn't get all the parts needed to sell these drives, so I had to make a purchase of an older style tray drive they had in stock to enable me to complete the work I needed to do. It was a very disappointing and less than optimal customer experience. Not at all what I expected based on my past experience. I am now looking for alternative Mac product suppliers since my old go-to source is no longer reliable. Why not just remove the items from the website until you actually have them? Or, explain the supply issues right on the product page and let people know that you have no idea when the product will be available? I am guessing that Covid has seriously changed the company's customer service capabilities for the negative.

This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Response from OWC, Support October 12, 2021 Thanks for the feedback and my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this issue may have caused you. We do our best to provide any and all kinds of solutions, and while supply/stock is not usually a problem, COVID has continued to cause various problems in the supply chain for many manufacturers and companies, including us. For any products or components that we have to get overseas, if they have delays and/or shortages, it reflects all the way down to the customer, and unfortunately a lot of those delays is out of both our control as well as everyone else's. Currently there is widespread/global disruption in many supply chains, not just our own, for many different products and materials, however we still work and do our best to provide those products as much as we can, and if there is any delay, we do our best to keep our website updated with the estimated time it will take before an order can ship, because we realize that customer's still need solutions. We are hopeful that this global crisis will be over soon, taking away the shortages/supply issues as well, and hoping we can all return to a state of normality. Thanks for the feedback, and hope we can assist in the future.
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Reviewer: dshipley-98773
Rating: 2/5 This is the worst product I've ever bought from OWC June 28, 2021 So it works, sort of. It's hard to get the disks on the platter for one reason because it is difficult to OPEN the tray. Then closing it is an adventure as well. Oh and it either will or won't eject the disk when using it. And, it takes up 2 USB ports. Spend more maybe you'll get more...It reads and I've not tried writing to it yet.

This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Response from OWC, Support June 29, 2021 I'm sorry to hear about the problems you are having with the optical drive. I'll be checking with you by email to see if we may be able to help with how it is performing.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: beckett_wjbeckett_bill
Rating: 5/5 Great external USB DVD player at a bargain price. April 27, 2021 Plug and play right out of the box, excellent Burner/Reader.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: cliffordoliver527
Rating: 4/5 So far so good. April 27, 2021 Not so keen on the double plugs nor the lack of instructions on how to use them. Other than that, so far so good with the workings and readings of this DVD Burner/Reader.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: BronzeBat
Rating: 2/5 Don't bother April 27, 2021 the device is flimsy and temperamental. I couldn't get it to work reliably every time. It's currently sitting on the shelf in my closet.

This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: CarefulTortoise-57113
Rating: 5/5 Works Well April 24, 2021 I bought this to transfer files from DVD disk to a drive and it performs well.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Betty Location: Nebraska Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 Just what we needed September 17, 2020 I'm always satisfied with OWC. If I need to talk to a teck or order, they've always listened to any questions, had good information or just good products. Thia was no exception. Very happy with them.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: TheCoffeeUnderachiever Location: Pittsfield Township, MI Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Good at Reading Damaged Discs April 21, 2020 I bought this because my vintage 2008 Mac Pro's optical drive is no longer reliably reading some CDs and DVDs. I replaced it once years ago, but don't really want to replace it again because I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to keep the computer.

I have noticed that my PC laptops seem to do better at reading damaged or poorly manufactured discs. So I decided I'd spend a small amount on what is basically a laptop DVD drive in a case and see if it would work to read those bad discs.

I was a little put out to notice that it requires two USB ports, but that's a pretty minor inconvenience, since my Mac Pro has two on the front panel.

The drive actually worked just like I was hoping it would - with this drive I was able to read several DVDs that my internal optical drive just gives up on and spits out. I could then copy everything from those discs without errors. That's just what I hoped for!

However, just as some other customers have pointed out, the drive won't close! The case around the drive interferes with the drawer mechanism sliding back in. I have to use something like a thin plastic guitar pick and slide it between the drawer and the case to flex the case enough to allow the drawer to close.

I can't be too upset because it was inexpensive, and does exactly what I purchased it to do. So I don't want to return it. So my advice: buy it and keep it in your laptop bag or on a shelf if you are only planning to use it occasionally. If you need a drive to use daily, spend a little more on a different model.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: BasilFawlty Location: East Mountains, New Mexico Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Churnin' and Burnin' for 6 years! December 15, 2019 This may not be the fastest, most high-speed BluRay player/burner out there, but it has served me well for 6 years, I use it for playing regular DVDs and occasional BluRays, but as for burning, I mostly just burn DVDs with it. For my use case it is perfect, The fact it is only USB 2 has never been an issue for my purposes, but I suppose if I was burning BluRay it might be an issue.

My son needs a BluRay player for Christmas and, since he only has USB 2.0 on his computer, this is perfect for him. I'm about to buy one for him for a Christmas gift.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 6X Super-Multi Blu-ray/DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Reviewer: MikeDelighted Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 Drawer hard to close and uses 2 USB ports November 7, 2019 I bought this drive as an 'open box' under a different SKU, so if my review shows as 'not verified' that's why. As another reviewer noted this line of drives is VERY hard to close. Really have to 'slam' it closed or it just doesn't catch. As that reviewer mentioned, it is really seems too hard to close and not really acceptable (have to use one hand to hold the drive and the other to give the drawer a shove closed). Further, as noted in that other review the product description does NOT mention that you will need 2 USB ports for this thing (I assume one port is data transfer and the other to power the drive). If you have a 2018 or newer MacBook Pro with only USB C ports this will mean having at least 2, USB C to USB A adapters (and of course, regardless of computer, 2 open USB ports); while I understand why the two ports are needed, OWC NEEDS TO UPDATE THEIR PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS FOR THIS LINE OF DRIVES TO MAKE THIS POINT CLEAR. Having said all that, I have been very happy with all of my other purchases from MacSales/OWC, especially the upgrade kits. And, this drive does rip a CD into iTunes quickly, even with bit checking turned on. So, it does what it is supposed to do in that regard, is a lot cheaper than an Apple Superdrive (which, as of Nov 2019, STILL doesn't have a USB C connection, AND Apple doesn't provide the USB C to USB A adapter at more than twice the price of this drive). So, there's that. If price is your #1 concern, and like me--and the other reviewer I mentioned--you won't be using this drive often, then buy it anyway, just be aware of the bugaboos with this drive.

This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Response from OWC, Call Center November 8, 2019 Hello. I'm very sorry to hear about the issues with the OWC Slim Optical Drive. We are working on some of the issues with the door closing and our current shipping models are working better. We do also plan to redesign this to completely eliminate the issues. As for the two USB ports, we do have a note under the specifications that mentions two ports may be required and do apologize if that was not clear. Not all computers will require both ports, and would depend on the specific USB port in use and how much power that can provide. Please feel free to contact us at https://www.owcdigital.com/support or 800-275-4576 if you need any assistance!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: LongTimeMac Location: Central Virginia Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 2/5 Just too hard to close June 25, 2019 Others have mentioned how hard it is to close the tray but not penalized in the rating. Maybe mine is worse than others, but it's just too hard to be acceptable. I was going to send it back, but since I would have to pay shipping and since I won't actually use it very often I've decided to keep it.

Also I didn't realize until it came that it ties up two USB ports. I assume that's to power the unit, but other units are powered through a single port so not sure I understand.

OWC has provided impeccable service through the years. This is my first disappointment, a minor one in the scheme of things.

This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: 47adrian47 Location: Crestline, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Still need a DVD drive. November 3, 2018 This portable DVD does exactly what I need it to. I am able to load programs from DVD's on my Macbook Air. Also use it on Windows laptops at work for watching DVD videos. Sometimes the tray "sticks" with the enclosure, but a paperclip fixes it. One warning, it needs 2 available USB ports to run.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: jjennings089 Location: Seattle Wa Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfect CD/DVD September 24, 2018 My wife rips a ton of cd's. She barrows audio books from the Library rips them and listens to them on her iPhone in traffic. I would be poor if she had Audible. Anyway our past work horse CD drive died. This one seems just as good my only complaint is if you not careful pulling the CD out you can scratch the surface. I made a few playlist CD's for my old car and scratched them all till I figured what is the best angel to remove them. All IN all 5 stars. Would buy again.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: Simba11 Location: Israel Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 very good April 24, 2018 very good product

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: scoootertramp Location: Oregon Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Plug and Play April 17, 2018 I ordered this and received it within two weeks , it was literally a plug and play . I was watching my favorite video within ten minutes of un boxing it. like the other reviews the door was picky about how it was closed , but once I got a handle on that I was off and watching videos. :-{). .I have already recommended this to others . loved it.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: GaryA Location: Western CO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 A good addition to my mini-Mac February 14, 2018 I purchased this so I’d have the function of loading to my Mac Mini directly as well as make complete backups for my photos. I have used it so far only to copy music from an album to my computer.

As previous reviews stat, it is somewhat hard to get the tray to close securely, at least the first few times. For the price, I believe this was a good solution to my problem.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: MarcoFusilli Location: Delmar, NY Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Good Value February 13, 2018 I have only used this DVD-Cd reader/writer foe a few days. To date the unit operates well, although the burning speed for CD's is somewhat slower than I expected. A caveat here on the speed of the cd burner. I have only burned a few cd's so it might be the cd itself. The door closes with a bit of prompting.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: Beatseverything Location: Kansas Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Great customer service, quality could be improved February 2, 2018 I was pleased with this company's customer service in that I got it very promptly and with very little hassle. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the quality of the product. It does work, I just had a little trouble with the tray not going in smoothly. Since it works, I didn't go through the hassle of trying to get a replacement since I didn't know if that was just the nature of the beast.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 6X Super-Multi Blu-ray/DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: SoCalMike Location: San Bernardino, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This is a great optical drive October 24, 2017 The drive is quick and BlueRay compatible (just not for Mac's). It works quietly and and reads everything.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC 6X Blu-ray + Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader Slot-Loading External Optical Drive.

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Reviewer: Betty Location: Nebraska Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good product October 19, 2017 I needed another CD/DVD drive on an older machine. Works great

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Slim 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 6X Super-Multi Blu-ray/DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

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Reviewer: donInPittsburgh Location: Pittsburgh Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fast and reliable August 11, 2017 I tried—and returned—a popular Pioneer drive that gets a lot of love so that I could encode some of my Blu-rays. . It mounted... some of the time. It wasn’t worth the hassle of connecting and reconnecting it to get it to work. So I decided to try this presumably more-Mac-friendly drive and have been very pleased. It mounts every time, is (relatively) quiet, and hasn’t failed me yet.

Don’t let the USB2 connector worry you; I don’t notice it to be slower than the USB3 on the Pioneer—I believe the speed specs are, in fact, identical.

Don’t expect Apple or LaCie-level industrial design... this is bare bones. Of course, the Pioneer wasn’t much better looking, to be honest..

Highly recommended if you just want to read Blu-ray disks anddon’t need BD writing.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC 6X Blu-ray + Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader Slot-Loading External Optical Drive.

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim 6X Super-Multi Blu-ray/DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Enkelkind Location: Tasmania, Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 A reliable performer July 2, 2017 Bus-powered so there are no power cables to worry about. Its read-speed for CDs is not high, of course, so I use another drive for that, but whenever there is a CD that my other drive can't read or recognise, this unit can always do it. Lovely small form factor, nice case design, good for portability.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC 6X Blu-ray + Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader Slot-Loading External Optical Drive.

OWC Slim Optical Drive Enclosure Mfr P/N: VLSSTOPTU3 OWC SKU: OWCVLSSTOPTU3 Powered by your laptop's USB port, so no AC adapter needed 1 Year OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $19.99MacSales.com Price $17.99
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Additional Options: 6X Blu-Ray R/W + 8X Super-Multi DVD/CD R/W
  • 6X Drive
    • Ships: 8 Days
    • Only $119.99
    • OWC Price $99.00
8X Super-Multi DVD/CD R/W
  • 8X Drive
    • Ships: Same Day
    • Only $49.95
    • MacSales.com Price $34.99
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