Using Apple SuperDrive on Windows 11/10: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are using a Windows PC and need an external optical disc drive, the Apple SuperDrive is a convenient option. In this article, we will discuss how to use the Apple SuperDrive on Windows 11 and Windows 10.

To use the Apple SuperDrive seamlessly on Windows, you will need to install the Boot Camp driver for Windows. Once this is done, you can use the SuperDrive on both Windows and Mac without any issues.

With the rise of internet streaming, DVD usage has been declining. Most modern Apple and Windows laptops no longer come with DVD/CD drives. However, if you still have DVDs or CDs that you need to play, read, or write, devices like the Apple SuperDrive can be helpful. Let’s get started on how to use it.

What is the Apple SuperDrive?

The Apple SuperDrive is an optical drive that connects to a computer using USB ports. It was initially released in 2008 after the launch of the MacBook Air, which did not have CD or DVD slots. While it was originally designed for Apple devices, Windows users can also use it with the necessary drivers or virtual machines. The SuperDrive allows users to play DVDs/CDs and store data, music, etc., which can be accessed offline.

How to use the Apple SuperDrive on Windows 11/10

To use the Apple SuperDrive on Windows 11 or Windows 10, you need to download the Boot Camp driver to enable the functionality. Follow these steps:

1. Go to Apple’s download page and find the latest Boot Camp drivers. Download them and take note of the download location for the zip file.

2. Open your downloads folder, right-click on the Boot Camp file, and choose “Extract All.”

3. After extraction, locate the AppleODDInstaller64.exe file and launch it. Alternatively, you can find the file at /BootCamp/Drivers/Apple/AppleODDInstaller64.exe. Follow the on-screen instructions in the installation wizard to complete the process.

4. Once the installation is complete, insert a disk into the SuperDrive. You can now use it as you would any other optical drive. The SuperDrive will appear in File Explorer under the “This PC” folder.

Note: If you connect the Apple SuperDrive to a Windows PC before downloading and installing the Boot Camp drivers, your computer may recognize the device under “This PC,” but you won’t be able to play, read, or write anything from it. The CD/DVD may not go all the way in.

We hope this guide helps you use the Apple SuperDrive on Windows 11/10.

Is the Apple SuperDrive a DVD player?

Yes, the Apple SuperDrive can both write and play DVDs and CDs. It is portable and can be used at home or on the go. It’s a great way to watch movies and listen to music stored on DVDs, create backups, install software, etc., especially if your PC does not have an inbuilt DVD player.

Why is the SuperDrive not working on my PC?

There are several reasons why the Apple SuperDrive may not work on your Windows PC, including driver issues, poor USB connection, a faulty SuperDrive, or incompatibilities. To troubleshoot this issue, try disconnecting and reconnecting all cables, reinstalling the Boot Camp drivers, changing USB ports, and restarting your computer. If none of these solutions work, you may need to contact Microsoft or Apple support for further assistance.

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