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Jun 5, 2009, 05:57 AM
Would the iMac accept an internal DVD Drive from another Mac or do I have to stick with the CD-RW drive that came with it?

Jun 5, 2009, 12:48 PM
You can use another slot loading optical drive from another mac. However, it must be the same type. The only two macs that I know that used these types of drives are the iMac G3 slot loading (350mhz-700mhz), and the G4 Cube. Any more "modern" slot loader will not fit without modifications.

You can pick up used ones from ebay.

Jun 5, 2009, 02:42 PM
yes, you can use the same form factor DVD drives in the G3 slot drives. The iMac DV and the end of production units had slot loading DVD drives.

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Jun 5, 2009, 02:57 PM
Hiya, I have an iMacDV G3 450 with a DVD drive. The thing to note is that they can not burn CD disks. That is if you are after a Combo or Super drive check that the form factor fits your iMac first.

I would think that an old drive from a Cube would be ok though.

What are you thinking of using the iMac for? Mine has not been used for a few years and the good lady is not happy with it floating around the house. :o

Jun 5, 2009, 05:01 PM
Also to ask another question, I'm upgrading the iMac a bit, so when I buy the RAM does it have to be ECC or non ECC, because I was watching a few upgrading videos and ECC didn't seem to work, so was just wondering if it made a difference or not.

Jun 8, 2009, 04:59 PM
You need non-ECC ram.