best dvd burner for older mac pro

jeeplj8

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I have an "early 2008" Mac Pro with a Pioneer DVR-127D that makes a pretty horrible noise and no longer read or write.

What is the best unit to replace it with?
 

jeeplj8

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^^^^Actually, that's not quite true. The 2008 (3,1) Mac pro Optical Drive interface is Ultra ATA/100 not SATA as in later Mac Pros. I don't think you can find a DVD with that interface today. You may need something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/PATA-SATA-Serial-Converter-Adapter/dp/B001MW926I

Also, my recent experiences with Pioneer Optical Drives have been very poor.

Lou
so would I be better off finding an ATA DVD burner (which is older tech) or going with a SATA converter?

Actually, now I am more confused...does this allow me to convert both optical bays to SATA...if so then could I place a HDD in one bay? Or conversely, could I add a SATA board and cabling in a PC slot to control an optical drive?

can you see the smoke coming from ears as my brain tries to spin to full speed?:eek:
 

flowrider

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^^^^Well, it seems like Jackson has the perfect solution. I wasn't aware that ATA interface Drives were still available.

Lou
 

DeltaMac

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I should mention that the early 2008 MacPro has unused SATA ports on the logic board. It's not a difficult task to change out the ATA optical drive to an SATA model. No ATA to SATA converter needed.
 

jeeplj8

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I should mention that the early 2008 MacPro has unused SATA ports on the logic board. It's not a difficult task to change out the ATA optical drive to an SATA model. No ATA to SATA converter needed.
that sounds like a great solution. what all would I need?

It seams it is hard to find all that many tech articles on these older machines these days.