imac: replace cd drive with superdrive?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ppnkg, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. ppnkg macrumors 6502a

    ppnkg

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    I was wondering. Is it possible to replace my iMac's (see below) cd drive with a superdrive? and if yes, does apple sell superdrives separately?
     
  2. mkaake macrumors 65816

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    As mentioned above, you can get a replacement that'll go in the place of your current drive, orrrr.... you can get an external dvd writer. Cheap and a whole lot faster than a slot loading (vertically mounted no less) drive will ever be.

    If you want a simple, no hassle, turnkey solution, I recommend picking up a refurb D2 from LaCie... and as a bonus, it does lightscribe discs as well.

    http://www.lacie.com/products/clearance/products/?id=10008


    I just picked one of these up a few weeks back. I did a head to head comparison speed wise with my NEC 3550A, and it's actually a little bit faster. Which means it's very fast. Comes with lightscribe software, toast (lite) and a few other programs I'll probably never use.

    But, for $79, it's not a bad price. Especially being able to do lightscribe on my mac...

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    Compared to the model that sits in your iMac, this would be 40 bucks cheaper, while being twice as fast at burning both CD's and DVD's.

    side note: no, I don't work for or with LaCie... I've just been really pleased with the drive I bought from them, even more so than the NEC 3550A I threw in my eMac last year.
     
  3. ppnkg thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ppnkg

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    thanks guys...

    well, I did my search and what I found out is that in the US replacing the internal drive could be an option. In Britain where I am the prices for a superdrive replacement are around £230 - that's $450! That's r i d i c u l u s. Why everything has to be a ripoff in this country?
     
  4. michaelverdin macrumors member

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    I feel for you really, I work in the PC manufacturing/reselling buisness and know how badly we mac users get ripped off, you can add 'for macs' to anything and expect to pay at least £50 more....

    Anyway, I happen to have a Lite-On Slim Slot loading DVD-RW in stock, which is
    'only for pc's:D I could do it for £60 inc. carriage.


    Michael
     

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