MacPro and 2nd Optical Drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dopeyman, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    I'm interested in getting the MacPro, but I had a question on the optical drive bay(s)......

    On the 2nd slot (or the first one), can I install ANY internal drive?

    Meaning, can I install a regular 5.25" drive? Or are they a special size/shape??
     
  2. Dopeyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I did read somewhere (off Macrumors) that Pioneer drives worked fine if you take of the front bezel. I imagine this is pretty much true for any drive as long as it's tray loading. The only thing you might need to watch is the length...
     
  4. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I think I remember someone during the Keynote saying that just about any optical drive will fit as long as the front casing was taken off first.
     
  5. cube macrumors G4

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    I hate the optical drive bays in the Mac Pro.
    Why can't apple stop insisting on fanciness over practicality?
     
  6. Dopeyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmmmm......

    I remember I had to do this with my old G4 Sawtooth.... The front bezel had to be removed or else the tray would get stuck...

    Well...... That really sucks.... :(
     
  7. 7on macrumors 601

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    Why is taking the front bezel off so difficult? IIRC, they snap on and off no tools required.
     
  8. davey0 macrumors member

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    I tried to install an old Pioneer burner but had trouble fitting it in because of its length. I eventually gave up and ordered a shorter LiteOn drive.
     
  9. Dopeyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nobody said it was difficult..... It just looks "tacky" having a nice case w/out the front bezel...
     
  10. Dopeyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You did this on a MacPro?? If so, did you try on both the top and bottom slots?
     

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