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Can I connect my old SuperDrive externally?

I am installing a dual drive kit into a 2009 Mac mini. When I remove the SuperDrive to put in an HDD, would I be able to take my SuperDrive and re-connect it and use it externally with an adapter like this one: https://amzn.to/2Xr3hO3?

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Yes, iFixit recommends this on most of their dual drive installation manuals. Here’s the product page for iFixit’s own SuperDrive adapter, and it lists your Mac Mini as being compatible: SATA Optical Drive USB Cable

Don’t be discouraged by your computer only having USB 2, those transfer speeds are completely usable. I frequently boot MacOS off of flash drives on my 2009 white MacBook (which only has USB 2), and transfer all sorts of stuff on that computer.

I can’t guarantee that that one on Amazon will work, it looks fine, although it looks like it says something about power problems with USB 2 computers. It might be worth it to look around for one that will definitely work with an older computer, or research with that one more.

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SATA Optical Drive USB Cable

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Sadly your system only has the older USB2 interfaces which is different to the USB3 version, it will be dog slow!

There are a few FireWire optical drives made back then, but finding one now will be difficult.

I don’t know of anyone trying with this older model, I think it has a PATA not SATA based optical drive but I could be wrong.

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It doesn't need to have USB 3.0 speeds, I just want to know if it would be able to read data off cd's

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@ph000 - Have you taken it out yet? If you have what is the interface PATA or SATA?

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I haven't taken it out yet, but I looked it up and the interface is SATA

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