Swap opticals between Mac mini and PowerBook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by weldon, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. weldon macrumors 6502a

    weldon

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    Is it possible to swap the optical drives between a Mac mini and a PowerBook G4?

    I've got a 12" rev.A w/ SuperDrive and I'm thinking about buying a mini with a combo drive. I only really need one SuperDrive so it could go in the mini where I would move most of the iMovie stuff I have.
     
  2. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

    shadowmoses

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    The swap is possible as the slot loading drives are a standard siz and should theoretically fit, so that shouldnt be a problem, the problems is replacing the powerbook optical is not very easy, but it is dooable so have a search on the net on how to open up and replace the powerbook optical drive and you should be on your way..

    ShadOW ;)
     
  3. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

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    The only problem with that plan is that for all the effort of disassembling and reassembling both machines, you'll end up with a 2x DVD burner in the mini. It might be far cheaper time-wise to get a reconditioned 16x FireWire external double-layer DVD burner from LaCie.com's clearance page. I've seen them for $95 lately.
     
  4. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

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    Does LaCie support Apple programs? iDVD for example.
     
  5. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

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    Yes, if you're talking about iDVD 5. iDVD 4 requires an easter egg to make it work with external DVD burners. Whether the LaCie external would work for double-layer iDVD 5 projects, I don't know, but single layer projects will certainly work.
     
  6. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    hmm that is a good question. i haven't tried my firewire dual-layer drive on an iDVD DL project.
     

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