Macbook Pro 2008 DVD drive SATA or IDE?

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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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    Depends when you got the MBP. 2008 had two models.
     
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    Do you have a late 2008 (unibody)? If so, then no, it would need a SATA.
     
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    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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    Then that means you got a ATA/IDE 12.7mm optical drive :D
     
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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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    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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    Well, would this bad boy work?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...TRK:MEWAX:IT&item=250405792321#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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