Need A DVD-R Drive for an older Mac

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by sonyrules, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2001
    I have an older single 800 Mhz G4 that has an CDRW drive, The CDRW drive has stoped working. And i want to throw a DVD-R drive in there. What DVD-R model drives are compatible with The iApps and Core OS X???
  2. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    I got the DVR-104 (Pioneer??) and it works with all the iApps. I got it off an auction, so it was cheap (and it turned out to be the one that Apple itself ships.)
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2004
    Today I successfully replaced my stock DVD-ROM with a Toshiba SD-R5112 4X DVD-R drive in my G4 AGP system (w/ GigaDesigns 1.4Ghz). 10.3.3 recognizes the drive as Apple Supported and so far it works perfectly in Toast, iTunes and iDVD. I purchased this drive after reading another mac user's report at that OSX natively supported the SD-R5112. I took the chance and was happy with the results.

    You can get the drive from for $69.99. They have a black version which is the exact same drive as the beige except they incorrecly show it as an SD-R1112. I went with the black version as it matches best with the G4 case.

    You can also get the beige drive from for only $59.00 or the Black for $64.00.

    Pioneer is a good way to go and would also be natively supported on the mac. You can even get the latest 8X DVD+/-R/RW, DVR-107 (a07) to work natively if you have OS 10.3.3.

    If you have any other questions, please let me know. I will do my best to help.

    Bill Shelly
  4. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan

    Thats where I got my pioneer drive. Just get the same drives Apple uses and it should work in the iApps fine. Mac OS 9 doesn't like the drive sometimes so when you leave a disc in the drive and it goes to sleep you have to restart to get the disc out.

    Good luck
  5. macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2003
    Buckeye Country, O-H
    Not sure myself

    Speaking of a dead drive, my Combo drive just died yesterday. So last night i had to give in and buy a new DVD-R/+R 8x drive. I wanted to wait so bad for those sweet dual layer drives coming out this summer, but i need one to burn my music, videos, and such. I final purchased the Sony 8x drive i (i paid about $140.00 shipped, 2nd day air) posted about here:

    Sony 8x Drive

    If you are going to buy one, i suggest you go to go under DVD burners and do a search for the drive you want. Good Luck.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2003
    edit: mistake in reading the origional post

    Yeah- the pioneer one works really well- they are sensed as an Apple supplied drive.

  7. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2004
    You can buy the pioneer dvr-107 drive (fully supported under 10.3.3 as previously mentioned) at for $103.00 with free shipping.

    It is a great drive. I bought one about a month ago.

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