View Full Version : Compatible ATAPI/IDE DVD-Rw Drives for PPC G5

Aug 30, 2011, 12:13 PM
Hey there

Been lookin' around for compatibility but, not seeing much newer than about 2009. My Pioneer DVR-106D died and looking for a cheap replacement.

Anyone know of what's currently available that's compatible with a PowerPC G5 tower running OSX10.5?

Mainly looking at TigerDirect.ca and NCIX.com since I order from them often.

ASUS, Lite-ON, Sony, LG... maybe the Pioneer since MAC's seem to use Pioneer often, but, not easy to find a new cheap one that's not SATA.

Any help would be greatly appreciated... older system but, between jobs so, kinda need it to last just a bit longer. :D

Aug 30, 2011, 01:03 PM
I don't know if Newegg ships to Canada, but if not you can at least find out what model numbers to search for online...they have 10 different models in stock.

http://www.newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007589%20600003705&IsNodeId=1&name=IDE)

Aug 30, 2011, 01:07 PM
NewEgg also has a .ca for Canada... checked there and they listed a bunch of older Pioneer's but no IDE Pioneer's are currently available.

eBay has some but, asking way too much in some cases which is why I was looking as some $25 Asus/Sony/LG drives still available. But, like I said, went to check compatibility and since my computer is an older model, most reports posts are from 2007-2009 so, those drives are no longer for sale.

Aug 30, 2011, 01:33 PM
Many of the LG dvd burner drives are pretty good. I use one and it works awesome.
iTunes and Apple disc burner see's it and burns without an issue.


Revision: 1.05
Serial Number:
Detachable Drive: No
Protocol: ATAPI
Unit Number: 0
Socket Type: Internal
Low Power Polling: No
Power Off: No


Firmware Revision: 1.05
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Generic Drive Support)
Profile Path: None
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RAM, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds

Aug 30, 2011, 05:45 PM
Any IDE burner will be compatible. You can use SATA one too, with such adapter (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/600260/210854397-288304934/PATA-IDE-TO-SATA-Adapter-Converter-Card-3-5-HDD-9757.html?iact=hc&vpx=1457&vpy=509&dur=1185&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=139&ty=119&ei=22ZdTsjTOpHLsgbU3O2MDw&page=2&tbnh=139&tbnw=139&start=49&ndsp=50&ved=1t:429,r:25,s:49)

Aug 30, 2011, 05:48 PM
Any IDE burner will be compatible. You can use SATA one too, with such adapter (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/600260/210854397-288304934/PATA-IDE-TO-SATA-Adapter-Converter-Card-3-5-HDD-9757.html?iact=hc&vpx=1457&vpy=509&dur=1185&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=139&ty=119&ei=22ZdTsjTOpHLsgbU3O2MDw&page=2&tbnh=139&tbnw=139&start=49&ndsp=50&ved=1t:429,r:25,s:49)

Any IDE?

I know the older MAC's were well... picky... when it came to stuff like drives and memory, which is why I was hesitant to grab the ASUS IDE drive... locally in stock and about $20CAD.

Will give it a try.... failing that, my sister's computer needs a new drive also so, will probably work in theirs. :)

Aug 30, 2011, 08:40 PM
Any drive for the original Mac Pro's will do it, as Apple kept the slower IDE bus for the optical drive until 2008. For instance, you can buy a Blu-ray (also reads/burns everything from CDs to DVDs double layer...) internal drive made by MCE for the Mac Pro (2006-2008).

I don't know if a SATA to ATA adapter works for an optical drive, but I've read most SATA PCI cards won't do it. Granted, its a different thing, but I would be cautious with that.

Aug 30, 2011, 08:50 PM
I'll avoid the SATA adapter... for the cost of the adapter and shipping on top of the IDE drive, be as cheap or cheaper just to grab a DVR-110D or similar off eBay.

Now that the PPC is no longer supported, and with that a lack of things like Flash updates, Adobe CS# compatibility, etc... I don't want to put anymore money into the computer than I have to. Soon as I'm working again I'll be a newer/used Intel system.

Aug 30, 2011, 09:07 PM
... I don't want to put anymore money into the computer than I have to. Soon as I'm working again I'll be a newer/used Intel system.

All the more reason to get the adapter. Then you can more easily move your new SATA drive to a new machine down the road.
Here is one for 90 cents (http://www.amazon.com/SATA-PATA-Drive-Interface-Adapter/dp/B002Y2NI4M/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314756141&sr=1-1).

Just my 2 cents (for a total of 92 cents).

Aug 30, 2011, 09:26 PM
Not really.... I mean, if I do that then it means selling the system with no drive at all. Makes it that much harder to sell.

Plus, the new system with SATA, if the drive ever dies, I'll get a newer faster drive, possibly bluray when the prices drop.

Aug 31, 2011, 12:45 AM
Or if you want to, if you can get your hands on a SATA card like i did (got a Sonnet SATA card for $0) you can plug SATA hard drives and DVD roms into it, and if and when PATA drives are pulled from the market, you can use SATA's.

Sep 24, 2011, 09:25 PM
Just a followup... bought an LG GH22NP21 IDE drive today for $25 new, works fine running OSX 10.5 and Toast Titanium 10