2 x Superdrives in mac pro

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  1. Lucas44 macrumors member

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    hi there,
    i'm pondering with the idea of installing a second superdrive in my mac pro. One of the main things i will be using the extra drive for is ripping my dvd's using handbrake. If i ever want to rip 2 dvds at the same time will this be possible and would there be a speed hit.
    Any suggestions for drives would be welcome too. sorry if this seems like a newbie question but i'm bit of a novice in this area.
    many thanks
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. whistler222 macrumors 6502

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    i asked the same question already.. no definitive response.

    i wanted to know if it's even POSSIBLE to have handbrake rip two dvds simultaneously.
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    anyone tried this?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Copy the application and run multiple instances of it. This is the most common way to run multiple instances of certain GUI applications.
     
  5. Lucas44 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the quick response. so if i'm ripping two dvds at the same time, both dvds will rip at the same speed as if only one were being ripped?
     
  6. newtech macrumors 6502

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    If you are interested in ripping two DVD at once, you really need SATA DVD drives ( or one SATA and one PATA ) as PATA drives share the same bus and slow each other down.
     
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  8. deathshrub macrumors 6502

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    You may want to wait and have confirmation that there are indeed SATA ports on the new Mac Pro's motherboard before buying a SATA optical drive. Also, if they moved installation might be even more awkward than it was in the Mac Pro 1.0.
     
  9. Lucas44 thread starter macrumors member

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    i've got the 2.66ghz first gen mac pro. if i go the SATA drive route would i need anything else? and can i use 2 SATA drives in my mac pro?
     
  10. newtech macrumors 6502

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    Two SATA DVD work fine for OS X, using them under windows requires alteration to the boot loader to enable them for windows.
     
  11. Lucas44 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for everyone's responses. i think i've mad up my mind to get a pioneer internal SATA superdrive. i just have a question about installing it, i'm assuming that when i order the drive that is all that i will get. if i were buying an IDE drive i believe that the connection is already present inside the mac pro, what cable/connection do i need for installing a SATA drive.

    thanks
     
  12. tjespo22 macrumors 6502a

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    so the standard mac pro which is now 2799.00 only comes with one disk draw?
     
  13. newtech macrumors 6502

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    No, same dual ODD slots.

    SATA drive will need SATA data cable and a molex ->SATA power cable.
     
  14. tjespo22 macrumors 6502a

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    im confused, so it does come with two disk trays?
     
  15. pkoch1 macrumors 6502a

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    It comes with one SuperDrive built in, but another empty slot if you decide to add an additional one on your own.
     
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  17. junior77 macrumors regular

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    So, are there any other real world applications for having 2 drives? Or just wait for a BLUE RAY, assuming it will be compatible (highly unlikely).
     
  18. Lucas44 thread starter macrumors member

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  19. deathshrub macrumors 6502

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    Do a search, there is a lot of information on here about SATA optical drive installation.
     

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