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Does this come with a built-in CD-DVD drive that I can use to install software on this, or will I need the Superdrive?
asked by 🎭 FreeSpirit on October 26, 2012
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It does not come with a CD-DVD drive. The operating system comes on a USB drive. You only need the Superdrive if you have no other way to read a CD/DVD; if you have a desktop that will continue to be in service, you can share that drive to the MBP and install software that way.
Sam Thompson answered on October 26, 2012
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Because this Macbook is so thin, there is no CD-DVD drive. The way tech is heading, most companies are scratching that off, you can download any software from the web and apple store, but in case you would need the superdrive.
Sabitbol answered on October 29, 2012
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You don't have to buy the Superdrive unless you want it to "match" the aesthetics of the Macbook. Even then you'll probably rarely use it so it's hard to justify the cost. Some major cons of the Superdrive:

- lack of a manual eject should a disc get stuck
- only works on select Apple notebooks

I use a $30 Asus slim DVDRW that works on an Mac or PC with a USB port.

ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U LITE External Slim 8X DVD-RW Mac Compatible External Optical Drive - White (SDRW-08D2S-U/WHT)
J. Welch answered on February 16, 2013
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You won't need the SuperDrive. This unit does not come with an optical reader.
RSB answered on October 29, 2012
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