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Old May 31, 2009, 02:03 AM   #1
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Macbook Pro 2008 DVD drive SATA or IDE?

Does the 2008 Macbook Pro have a DVD drive with a SATA interface or IDE / ATAPI?

I've been toying with getting this slot loading blu ray drive and installing it. So i could install windows and watch Blu ray in Windows.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260394287941

Would this work? Would this drive also function as a plain ole' DVD drive in OSX?
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Old May 31, 2009, 02:06 AM   #2
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Late 2008, 15" is SATA.
edit: Early 2008 is UATA/100

I believe the transition to SATA is with the unibody models.

If your machine is pre-unibody, that should be the right interface. Other than that, I don't have any information. My guess is it should work, even in OS-X (with something like Roxio Toast - but, not for movie viewing). I know Toast supports Blu-ray in either external or internal (5" bay).
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Old May 31, 2009, 02:10 AM   #3
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So this blu ray drive as an IDE won't work?
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Depends when you got the MBP. 2008 had two models.
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So this blu ray drive as an IDE won't work?
Do you have a late 2008 (unibody)? If so, then no, it would need a SATA.
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Old May 31, 2009, 11:16 PM   #6
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  • * Fit 12.7mm slot in load drive laptops, Please make sure your laptops is height 12.7mm
  • * Interface: IDE / ATAPI (DMA66 support)
This won't fit in any MBP unless it's the 17" model as the drive is too "tall" you need the 9mm drives for the 15" MB/Ps.

Also the UniBody Macbooks have the SATA drives while the older ones uses the IDE/ATA interface.
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I bought my 17" Macbook Pro in March of 2008. So what does that mean?

Not sure if this will help explain more. Heres why my About this mac says:

MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-875:

Firmware Revision: DA09
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
Media:
Type: CD-ROM
Blank: No
Erasable: No
Overwritable: No
Appendable: No
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I bought my 17" Macbook Pro in March of 2008. So what does that mean?

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MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-875:

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Then that means you got a ATA/IDE 12.7mm optical drive
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So does that mean i can get either a SATA or an IDE 12.7mm blu ray drive? Both will work?
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So does that mean i can get either a SATA or an IDE 12.7mm blu ray drive? Both will work?
No. As posted you have a PATA, IDE, UATA/100 - all much the same beast. So, need the same interface Blu-ray. Your MacBook Pro does not use SATA for the optical drive bay.
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No. As posted you have a PATA, IDE, UATA/100 - all much the same beast. So, need the same interface Blu-ray. Your MacBook Pro does not use SATA for the optical drive bay.
Well, would this bad boy work?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_3607wt_1080

It says it has Interface: IDE / ATAPI (DMA66 support)

Would this one be compatible? $180 is a steal for an internal slot loading drive! Please let it be true!
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