What dual layer drive to buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by neonart, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. neonart macrumors 65816

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    Im interested in upgrading my DVD burner in my G5 and would love to hear your suggestions on a good Dual Layer drive that is fully Apple supported. I've seen some reviews on xlr8yourmac, but they are a little iffy.

    It appears the Sony DW-Q30A and a few others are the best bet.

    Does anyone know what Apple is actually shipping?

    Thanks!
     
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    the pioneer dvr110 is about $35 and is the one in the current shipping power macs.
     
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Those are nice drives. They're also quieter (somewhat, not dramatically) than older Pioneer units.
     
  4. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    Just put one in my Power Mac and it works great. Burned a single-layer DVD with like 3.8GB on it in 9 minutes. I burned a CDR in like 2 1/2 or something. Definitely a lot faster than the drive in my eMac was.
     
  5. neonart thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is the DVR-110D the same thing or will it need to be flashed?
     
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    Pioneer drives are one of the few that are bootable to OS X across the line-up.

    Ther are a few Lacie drives as well, but Pioneer has been the standard
    for the last few years.
     
  7. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

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    Pioneer drives are great.

    I bought a Pioneer DVR-109 from OWC (macsales.com) almost a year ago and it works great. I burn everything from CDs to DL DVDs. Works great and install was easy. My pioneer 109 is recognized as Apple Shipped/Supported in System Profiler (and I have an older Sawtooth PM G4).

    I recommend any of the Pioneer drives. They are inexpensive and work great with the Mac.
     
  8. neonart thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What I find interesting in so many xlr8yourmac.com reports is that a vast majority of drives will work, but are Apple "unsupported".

    So which are these Apple "supported" drives and can they be purchased by mere mortals?

    OWC sells the DVR-110D, but this too is Apple "unsupported". Apparently that last D is the troublemaker. :rolleyes:
     
  9. deebster macrumors 6502

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    All of the Pioneer drives up to the 109 are officially supported by Tiger. The 110(D) was expected to be added in the 10.4.4. update, but wasn't.

    You can still use it though, with or without adding a Patchburn profile.

    You can also flash the firmware on a 110D to make it a straight 110, which can write to DVD RAM.

    And on the subject of firmware flashing, bear in mind that not all makes of drives are flashable on a Mac. Pioneer is, as I think are NEC and maybe one or two others.

    Depends on if the manufacturer or some kind soul makes a flashing app that doesn't require Windoze.

    Bottom line is, for compatibility Pioneer are great. They also burn well and are cheap :)
     
  10. neonart thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Very well, the Pioneer 110D it is. I'll flash it to a 110 and we're good to go!

    Thank you all for your help and suggestions.
     
  11. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    Good choice.

    FYI my G5 came with a Sony DVD RW DW-Q28A. It works well enough.
     

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