How to Use Apple SuperDrive with Windows and PC

Feb 25, 2018 - 17 Comments

Using Apple SuperDrive on Windows

Macs no longer have internal DVD and CD-RW drives, but for Mac users who still need to use optical discs the Apple SuperDrive offers an external all-in-one USB solution that can read and write both CD and DVD discs, all you have to do is plug it into a USB port on the Mac and Mac OS will detect the SuperDrive. But that’s Mac OS, not Windows, and many Mac users also use Windows PC or Windows operating systems, so wouldn’t it be nice to use that Apple SuperDrive in Windows too?

But SuperDrive does not always work with Windows PC right away however, and sometimes the Apple SuperDrive either doesn’t function as expected, won’t accept a disc, or is not properly recognized in Windows, whether running natively on PC, or a Mac through Boot Camp, or a virtual machine either.

Whatever the scenario, if you’re trying to use an Apple SuperDrive with Windows and it’s not working as expected, try the steps below to get the SuperDrive functioning in Windows.

How to Use Apple SuperDrive in Windows

The steps below outline installing Apple SuperDrive drivers for Windows so that the SuperDrive will function as expected:

  1. Boot into Windows, or get on the Windows PC trying to use SuperDrive if you have not done so already
  2. Go here to to the Apple Support Downloads site and locate the latest version of “Boot Camp Support Software” (5.1.5722 or newer)
  3. Download the Boot Camp Support Software zip file and unzip it on the computer
  4. From the unzipped “Bootcamp5” folder, navigate to \Bootcamp\Drivers\Apple\ and locate “AppleODDInstaller64.exe”
  5. Boot camp Apple drivers for Windows

  6. Run the AppleODDInstaller64.exe executable file to install the appropriate drivers for Apple SuperDrive in Windows

These steps are intended to be from taken from Windows, however you could download the Boot Camp Support Software on a Mac and then transfer the zip file to Windows through USB, networking, or your method of choice if need be, or you could just extract the “\Bootcamp\Drivers\Apple\ AppleODDInstaller64.exe” (note it will be labeled “AppleODDInstaller.exe” if it’s 32-bit version) file on a Mac and transfer that exe installer to Windows. You must be in Windows to run and install the actual Bootcamp Drivers for SuperDrive, however.

This should work to get an Apple SuperDrive working on any modern Windows version, including Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Note that if you’re on a notably older Windows release, you’d want to download an earlier version of Boot Camp drivers that contain the 32-bit exe rather than the 64-bit exe, and otherwise it should work the same as well.

Once the drivers are installed properly in Windows, the Apple SuperDrive should accept discs, read, write, and eject them as expected, just like it does on the Mac. Of course you could also just get a different external DVD-RW / CDRW drive too at less cost, as many of the other solutions either work immediately with plug-and-play in Windows and Mac OS, but the SuperDrive situation is helpful if you already have one from a Mac, or you want to stay consistent with Apple hardware. Why buy new hardware when you have something that already works, right? The same logic applies to using a Windows keyboard on a Mac, and many other common peripherals that are compatible with both a Mac and PC, even if they require some minor tinkering to get working as intended.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Tips & Tricks

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  1. Tom McIntosh says:

    Why do I get this message
    saying
    USB Accessory Not Supported
    The “Apple USB SuperDrive” is not supported on this MAC
    I am running 10.12.6

    • Howie Isaacks says:

      We could help you answer that question if you told us specifically which Mac you have. Historically, the only Macs that the SuperDrive supports are Macs that were made without an optical drive, such as a MacBook Air, Mac mini (starting in 2011), MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iMacs since 2012, etc.

    • martian says:

      Some Macs do not support SuperDrive without an added nvram command to enable the Superdrive. Not sure why the limit, since it is just DVDRW.

      Wojtek below posted the command, it works!

  2. Dun says:

    What is a CD?

  3. DCJ001 says:

    “the Apple SuperDrive offers an external all-in-one USB solution that can read and write both CD and DVD discs”

    Compact Disc and Digital Video Disc discs?

  4. mike says:

    Absolutely one of the best Apple products ever made and so cheap, I have had mine for years and though seldom used it is a great piece of equipment to have for all kinds of eventualities.
    I really felt my age when the poster asked what is a CD?

    • no way says:

      Cheap? Hardly, you can buy a Samsung superdrive for under $30 online that is totally compatible with both Windoze and OSX.

      The almost $80 Apple superdrive is a massive marketing ripoff from Apple.

  5. Morgan says:

    The internal drive on my iMac failed, it will read but not burn, and bought the super drive, only to discover it won’t work with an iMac that has a drive. Nice of them to tell you that before you buy it.

  6. Jeff says:

    … and so cheap? Apple actually makes something reasonably priced?

  7. Pascal says:

    I switched from cd / dvd to iTunes store for music and movies a few years ago. But Apple must have done something in the background or with their software updates, because movies that I was capable to watch a half year ago, sudenly don’t work anymore. Why? Because my display is too old. I’ve paid for movies that first worked and now suddenly Apple blocks it with their HDCP system. There’a name for this practice: scam.
    It’s funny, Apple sells movies that don’t work on their own displays.
    As far I experienced the online movie sales on iTunes is not trustworthy. My dvd’s that I bought 20 years ago still work. Films bought on iTunes always gave me trouble and Apple’s custom services don’t solve all this problems. That’s why I switched back to dvd. It’s a little bit older, but it keeps working. As long there’s no decent alternative there’s not other choise.

  8. mklement0 says:

    For those needing the 32-bit version of the driver:

    The latest Boot Camp version that still supports 32-bit Windows is v4.0.4326 (https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1636?locale=en_US)

  9. Aron says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for this extremely helpful and well written instructions, it worked immediately without even a re-start.

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