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Installing Software with external optical drive.
Old 27th December 2010
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Installing Software with external optical drive.

I just purchased logic 9 but i can't install it because my optical drive on my macbook pro just crashed.

I was wondering if anyone knew if its possible to install software with an external dvd drive.

There is nothing made by apple that can do this so if anyone knows any third party products or any way i could it would be very appreciated.
Old 28th December 2010
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Found 60 dollar external optical drive for windows. Worked perfectly with my mac though since its plug and play.
Old 1st January 2011
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Yeah mate as you've discovered it works external DVD etc drives work perfectly fine on OSX over USB.

I've taken my optical drive out of my macbook to put a samples/recording drive in so everything I install must be via a USB drive (which is just my macbook's drive inside a $10 case from Ebay

Apples DVDplayer & Frontrow doesn't work properly (so use VLC or something) but thats the only performance loss

Also - I'm unsure about if you can install OSX new versions/ clean install OSX via USB - I haven't tried that
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