Adding 2nd DVDRW to 2nd optical bay on 2009 Pro...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by 2002cbr600f4i, May 7, 2009.

  1. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to add in a 2nd 3rd party optical drive into the 2nd optical bay on the 2009 pro? I have an NEC ATAPI from my old Windows rig that I'd like to put in if possible. I realize I'd probably have to do a conversion cable for the power though...

    Will that work, or is there something special about the "superdrive" units?
     
  2. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Nothing special!

    By converter you mean ATA to SATA/SATA to ATA yes?

    I wouldn't know really but I see no reason for it not to work.

    They are very cheap now-a-days so even if it doesn't work a new, faster, quieter drive is only a few $/£ away!
     
  3. sparkie1984 macrumors 68000

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    sorry to hijack, just trying to save on another thread here....

    can i buy an actual apple superdrive to add into my 2009 mac pro?

    any benefit really of having 2? some searching seems to hint that 2 may slow both drives down as they share the same channel??
     
  4. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    I you want to waste money your AASP will sell you original Apple branded drives.

    Both optical drives on a 2009 Mac Pro are on separate SATA cables. There will be no speed disadvantage from having two drives.
     

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