Use MacBook Air SuperDrive with a MacBook Pro

Daniele Esposti's Blog
, in 24 June 2012

Apple inconsistency strikes again: if you have a MacBook Air USB SuperDrive you cannot use it with a normal MacBook Pro. Why, damn Apple, why? There’s no any technical reason except for marketing and profit I suppose. Anyway, googling around a bit I found a workaround to be able to use the USB SuperDrive. Open the file /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist as superuser and change the Kernel Flags value adding the parameter mbasd=1 as shown below:

<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
	<key>Kernel</key>
	<string>mach_kernel</string>
	<key>Kernel Flags</key>
	<string>mbasd=1</string>
</dict>
</plist>

Save the changes and reboot the system, now the SuperDrive will be recognised and can be used.