Can you use a USB extension cable with the super drive? If so how long?

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  • Generally, no. The SuperDrive relies upon the Mac's built-in port, which provides more power than the standard USB specification. Consequently, most hubs and extension cables (even with external power) do not allow the SuperDrive to run, and you'll get a "device needs USB power" error. I have yet to find a solution for extending the tiny cable provided to work in my clamshell-docked MacBook Pro Retina 13 solution, which disappoints me to no end. I'm sure there's a solution that does work somewhere, but it will be a solution that allows the provision / transfer of beyond-USB-spec power down the line.

  • Best Answer:

    Like all USB products yes and as long as you can find with USB 2 or 3 compatibility

  • I've used a USB 3.0 extension cable I purchased from Amazon. It works. I have no idea, though, if it's safe to do. The Superdrive requires more current than a standard USB device, and so I don't know if I'm creating a fire hazard or risking damage to my devices. That being said, I only plug it in when in use and haven't had problems yet.