Add a DVD-R into new iMac??

teabgs

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My cousin got a new iMac AND THEN decided she should have gotten the DVD-R...

well, she wants me to get one and install it. I know I cant do it with that exact model but is there another one I can buy AND install internally?

If not, can anyone recommend a good/not too pricy external DVD-R?

gracias
 

Hemingray

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Re: Add a DVD-R into new iMac??

Originally posted by teabgs
well, she wants me to get one and install it. I know I cant do it with that exact model but is there another one I can buy AND install internally?
:eek: You sure you wanna open that can of worms? Have you seen the service manual for the new iMac? It's as bad, if not worse, to take apart than the original... have fun! :p
 

LethalWolfe

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Re: Add a DVD-R into new iMac??

Originally posted by teabgs

If not, can anyone recommend a good/not too pricy external DVD-R?

gracias

Currently iDVD doesn't burn to external drives. I don't suppose yer cousin has DVD Studio Pro...?


Lethal
 

teabgs

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Re: Re: Add a DVD-R into new iMac??

Originally posted by LethalWolfe



Currently iDVD doesn't burn to external drives. I don't suppose yer cousin has DVD Studio Pro...?


Lethal
I do, but I don't think she could use it....I didnt know that about iDVD....hmm...
 

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Re: Re: Add a DVD-R into new iMac??

Originally posted by Hemingray


:eek: You sure you wanna open that can of worms? Have you seen the service manual for the new iMac? It's as bad, if not worse, to take apart than the original... have fun! :p

That's a really good point. I've got the draft version of how to take your iMac apart (4.3 MB) if you'd like to see what you'll be getting yourself into teabgs.
 

jelloshotsrule

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it doesn't seem worth it to me....

is there any way you can pay someone to put it in and not void warranties and such?

and yeah, idvd= no external writer.

dvdsp=expensive, probably more than most consumers need..


hindsight is 20/20.
 

teabgs

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Re: Re: Re: Add a DVD-R into new iMac??

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That's a really good point. I've got the draft version of how to take your iMac apart (4.3 MB) if you'd like to see what you'll be getting yourself into teabgs.
yes I would...just for sh*ts and giggles....I'll pm you my email.

Possibly someone else could do it, but who? Apple doesnt do it, do they? cause I asked in the Apple store and they said that they dont do it....
 

Hemingray

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Did you think about possibly reselling it and then just paying the difference for a new iMac with superdrive? The iMac is still so new you'd be getting practically as much as you paid for it, maybe less $50-100 or so, but look at it this way: I'd rather pay the extra money to avoid the hassle and know for a fact that everything's done the right way. But that's just me. :D
 

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Re: Re: Add a DVD-R into new iMac??

Originally posted by Hemingray


:eek: You sure you wanna open that can of worms? Have you seen the service manual for the new iMac? It's as bad, if not worse, to take apart than the original... have fun! :p
Original as in the Bondi and other tray loading models or the slot loaders??? I have found both to be not all that bad.

I have easily replaced hard drives in both of those, and the optical drives are in the same section, and not that bad either. I had to pull the optical drive from a tray loader in order to install a larger hard drive, and it went back together no problem (no screws left over either :D).

Now, try and take apart a powerbook G3... eeesh

I would suggest that the friend calls Apple, or an Apple store about getting the other optical drive installed. That is not going to be cheap, but it should still come out to be less then getting an external burner. I am pretty sure that the exteral DVD-R drives are in the region of $500+.
 

teabgs

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I looked at the manual and it really doesnt look too bad. Nothin I couldnt handle. :D

Not sure what to do yet though, I'll talk to them and see...