How to Make SuperDrive Work on Unsupported Mac

The Apple SuperDrive is an outer CD/DVD drive that peruses and keeps in touch with optical circles, and keeping in mind that it works awesome with numerous Macs, there are some Mac models where the SuperDrive doesn't work, similar to any Mac that happened to accompany an implicit optical drive. For the PCs that don't bolster the SuperDrive, interfacing the gadget frequently flies up a mistake message expressing that the Superdrive "isn't upheld on this Mac".


Before abandoning utilizing a SuperDrive, you may have the capacity to utilize a summon line hack strategy examined here to make a Superdrive deal with any Mac, regardless of whether it's bolstered or not. Obviously there is no compelling reason to do this on upheld machines however for gadgets where the drive isn't working, it can be useful.


The approach point by point in this article will change a Macs firmware nvram by utilizing the summon line, hence it's fitting for cutting edge clients. Like everything else, continue at your own hazard, and reinforcement your Mac before starting.



How to Make SuperDrive Work on Unsupported Mac



  1. Back up your Mac and data with Time Machine or your backup method of choice before beginning, this is just in case something goes wrong

  2. Open the “Terminal” application found in /Applications/Utilities/, or you can open it through Spotlight

  3. Enter the following command syntax at the command prompt exactly as it appears:
    sudo nvram boot-args="mbasd=1"

  4. Hit the Return key and enter the administrator password when requested, as required by sudo

  5. Quit out of Terminal

  6. Shut down the Mac by going to the  Apple menu and choosing “Shut Down”

  7. Connect the Apple SuperDrive to the Mac by USB once it is powered off

  8. Turn the Mac back on, when the Mac boots up again the SuperDrive should now work as expected


This should work to empower an Apple External SuperDrive to work of course on a Mac which is generally not upheld, but rather your outcomes may fluctuate. Tell us in the remarks underneath if this trap worked for you.


In the event that you choose you need to switch this alteration, or on the off chance that you discover this approach didn't work and you need to come back to defaults nvram setting therefore or some other, you can reset the Mac PRAM/NVRAM amid framework begin or clear the nvram variable physically from the summon line as well. Either approach will evacuate the "mbasd=1" variable from firmware settings on the Mac.


It's not by any stretch of the imagination clear where the first wellspring of this nvram charge originates from, yet I found it in somewhat of a web rabbit gap in the wake of following a remark left on a SuperDrive article prompted a string on Apple Discussions and an official help article, which traces getting a SuperDrive taking a shot at unsupported Macs, and which Macs do and don't bolster the SuperDrive. Obviously any Mac without an optical drive worked in should bolster a superdrive, however a few clients physically evacuate their optical drives to utilize the space for an extra hard drive, and now and again an inherent optical drive bombs as well, along these lines prompting situations where such a charge would be helpful to empower bolster for the SuperDrive.


For reference, Apple says the SuperDrive works with the accompanying Macs:


MacBook Pro with Retina show (more up to date models may require a USB-C connector)


MacBook Air


iMac (late 2012) and later


Macintosh scaled down (late 2009) and later


Macintosh Pro (late 2013)


Goodness and in case you're pondering about getting an Apple SuperDrive to work in BootCamp or with Windows when all is said in done, you'll need to take after these guidelines to utilize an Apple SuperDrive in Windows, which applies to Boot Camp and additionally a general PC.


Did this trap work to empower SuperDrive usefulness for you? Do you have some other tips, traps, or recommendations on getting an Apple SuperDrive to chip away at an unsupported Mac? Offer your encounters in the remarks underneath!

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