DVD-RAM drive - any value?

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  1. ASP272 macrumors 6502

    ASP272

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    Way back in the day, I bought the top of the line 450mhz G4 (AGP 2X) with the DVD-RAM drive. Is this drive of any value today? Can I use it for anything other than small data backup? I have over 120gb on my system total (2 drives). I think the only discs you can use with this drive are the double-sided Type-2 DVD-RAM discs, which only hold 2.7gb on each side. Is that correct? Is anyone finding a better use for theirs? If so, where are you getting your discs?

    The reason I ask is because I have been considering replacing it with a Superdrive. Does anyone know of a list posted somewhere of compatible 3rd party superdrives? I know that most of the Pioneers, some Toshibas, and maybe a Sony and Hitachi drive are compatible, but as to what numbers I don't know. Any help would be great!
     
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  3. kettle macrumors 65816

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    I have the same model Mac, and I use Maxell DVD Ram disks.

    the Type II are model No. VD-RAM26R - single sided 2.6GB and the Type I are model No. VD-RAM52F - double sided 2.6GB.

    Slow by today's standards, but very convenient.
    I even have a writable OS9 boot disk.
     
  4. ASP272 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How much do those disks cost, and where do you usually get them?
     
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  6. maxvamp macrumors 6502a

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    It's worthless

    If you want, you can send it to me, I'll pay shipping plus $10. I collect obsolete optical formats in working order.

    Thx.
    Max.

    maxvamp@comcast.net
     
  7. ASP272 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What ticks me off is that I bought the top of the line, the best they made, and it was obsolete (because of the SuperDrive) a few months later. ERRRRRR! :mad:

    A lesson that we should always wait to buy the latest and greatest, so we can get it cheaper and with better components - and it really helps to be a member of the MacRumors website. ;)
     
  8. kettle macrumors 65816

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    I'm in the UK, but I'm sure there are people in the U.S. still doing them even if they're not advertising, I phoned the people at a blank media specialist up and just asked for them and they said they could get then in a couple of days.

    The single would have to be about $15, does that sound right?
    sorry I'm not of more help
     
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