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

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

  1. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
    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

    Sep 12, 2007
    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 68020

    Dec 20, 2009
    a small village near London
    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


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    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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