Upgrading Optical Drive in Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by m_miga, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. m_miga
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    macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2005

    I was wondering if anyone has upgraded their mac mini's optical drive, or has heard/read of someone doing it. I bought the base 1.42ghz and would like to put in a DVD+-RW -the Mathsita \ Panasonic UJ-835-B \ Slim Multi DVD (located at http://www.dfwdepot.com/osc/product_info.php?cPath=22_29&products_id=139) or, preferably, the Pioneer DVR-K04L \ Slim 8.5GB DL DVD (located at http://www.dfwdepot.com/osc/product_info.php?cPath=22_76&products_id=234) ... mmm dual-layer burning in mac mini.

    Anyone have any ideas on if it'll fit, and, perhaps of equal importance, if there will be a heat issue?

    I have also heard that iLife '05 will let you burn in the application suite with a non-apple DVD/CD writer, and wanted to know if one of these would work.

    Anyone have any ideas, help, notes, comments .... :)

    Matt Miga
  2. MacNeXT
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    macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2004
    Actually, the model Apple uses is the UJ-835-F. There is some talk about this at www.xlr8yourmac.com (scroll about half way down the front page). The -B might be very similar to the -F, the -F might even be a -B with a modified firmware. I think it's wise to check that site for reports from other users who attempt to replace the drive.
  3. Peyote
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    macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2002

    Since they just started arriving a few days ago, don't expect reports on upgrading the drive for a few months. Hopefully we'll find out sooner, but it could take a while.

    As far as upgrading the firmware to enable 8X burning, nobody knows if this is possible, but I think we'll find out within a couple of weeks.
  4. bigandy
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    macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    firmware doesnt speed up drives usually, it's to do with the hardware...

    as towards a dual layer, if it's fast, remember one golden word: heat. what if it melts your mini?

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