Apple’s MacBook Air is undoubtedly a thing of beauty, and its slender little companion DVD burner is not far behind. Unfortunately, until now only Air owners could enjoy it; despite the best efforts of many, only when plugged into the skinny Apple notebook would the SuperDrive play ball. Initial suspicions were that the Air’s solitary USB port was supercharged power-wise; turns out, it’s actually down to some custom firmware in the IDE to USB bridge. tnkgrl set out testing the drive and finally hacking it with a replacement bridge; she now has a slick external burner that will work with any computer.
Video demonstrating the hacked SuperDrive after the cut