Is The iMac's Optical Drive IDE or SATA?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nathanjbrown, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. nathanjbrown macrumors regular

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    Hello All,

    I have an April, 2008 Aluminum iMac. I've searched the web and am rather surprised that I can't find the answer (though perhaps I've completely overlooked it): Is the optical drive (DVD/RW) in my iMac an IDE or SATA drive? I know the HDD is SATA, but what about the optical?...

    Thanks!

    Nathan
     
  2. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

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    Spotlight search System Profiler. Then look through the Serial-ATA tab. Hope this helps!:apple:
     
  3. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    The 2009 Nvidia model is the first to use an SATA optical drive. If you're thinking about putting two drives in your model you'll have to use PATA.

    Edit: Whoops, I just gave you the specs for the Mac mini. My 2008 24" iMac has a PATA DVD drive.
     
  4. DavidR91 macrumors member

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    2009 models use SATA for the optical drive (NVIDIA AHCI + OPTIARC)
    2008 use (P)ATA for the optical drive (Intel + OPTIARC)
     
  5. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    I can confirm on the 2009 it is on the SATA bus. :)

    But of course, that doesn't help anyone.
     
  6. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    2009 = SATA
    2008 = PATA

    If Im correct, at this date, all 2009 and most 08's should have SATA, I think the only ones that dont are your model of iMac and the Apple TV (PATA HDD...)
     

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