Adding SATA optical drive to '09 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mattbray, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. mattbray macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Tampa, FL
    I want to add a second optical drive to my '09 Mac Pro. Will any SATA DVD burner work? They have really inexpensive drives at Best Buy, etc. It would be nice if I could just pick one up and install it... I just don't know if there are any compatibility issues.

  2. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    I've never come across one in my G4/MP that won't work!

    I have a sony on in there atm.

    Just have to remove the front bezel thingy for it to come out properly :)
  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM

    Duff-Man says....uh...the new MacPro uses *SATA* optical drives - your old G4 does not....there's a difference.

    OP - try searching as this has been asked a couple times already.....oh yeah!
  4. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    My MP however *does*, as I said "G4/MP" and there is a Mac Pro in my sig too, probably work it out from there ;)

    The issue is *not* what connection between the drive and the hardware it is if OS X has the drivers for it.

    As I said. I have NOT come across a drive that OS X does NOT recognize and can be used in any app from any of the major manufacturers. Be it Sony, Samsung or Pioneer.
  5. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2005
    I just installed a Pioneer 216-BK.

    I also re-flashed the firmware to make it quicker to rip DVDs and to make it multi region.

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