Is the Mac Mini Superdrive Equivalent to the 12" Powerbook G4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kkachurak, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Crazy thought.

    Once I buy my new Mini, I'm planning on cracking in to it to upgrade the HD and RAM straight away.

    But then I thought, will the Superdrive I currently have in my 12" Powerbook G4 Aluminum work in the Mini?

    It would save me some $$$ if I could buy the 1.83ghz and go without the Superdrive and then just swap optical drives between the two machines.

    Will this work?
     
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    Eric Lewis

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    the drive in the powerbook is much smaller then the mac mini
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually, since the Mac Mini and the Powerbook G4 12 inch are built using laptop parts and technology, I feel almost confident that the two optical drives are similar in physical size.

    Infact, when I cracked into my Powerbook G4 12", I poked around and the optical drives for sale on the Internet for the Mac Mini look almost identical to the drive I saw in my powerbook.

    I guess what I'm really getting at is, is their a difference in the interface?

    I know that my Powerbook G4 uses ATA technology to interface with the HD and the Intel Mac Mini uses SATA. Same thing with the optical drives?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    According to OWC, Mac Mini uses the same optical drives as "Late 2005 Powerbooks"

    Link: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Panasonic/MMINISL8XDL/

    So, maybe it will work
     

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