Internal DVD SATA to PATA/IDE converter works in 3,1?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ph.D., Jan 17, 2015.

  1. Ph.D. macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2014

    I have a 3,1 whose internal DVD drive is malfunctioning. It seems PATA drives are history, but there are SATA to PATA converters on the market for a few dollars. These are mounted to the back of the DVD drive.

    Has anyone used these in a 3,1? Any trouble with fitting and/or operation?

    Thank you.
  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Why not just use one of the two internal SATA ports on the Mac Pro 3,1?
  3. Ph.D. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2014
    Ah, yes, that's certainly an attractive alternative.

    However, SATA DVD drives do not use a Molex power connector anymore and a power adapter cable would be required as well, right?

    Is there any particular drive that is preferred these days?

    Thank you.
  4. crjackson2134 macrumors 68040


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Why not just get a BD/DVD drive with the proper IDE interface?

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