Mac Pro 2008 - Optical Bay Confusion

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Simplesimon101, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Simplesimon101 macrumors regular

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    Hi I want to replace the optical drive on my Mac Pro but i'm confused as to what I get.

    I ordered this one and it arrived this morning but it evidently doesn't fit my machine.

    What am I supposed to be looking for? (ATA ports?) What's a good drive to get?

    Sorry if I'm missing something obvious.

    Simon
     
  2. MitchLewis macrumors member

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  3. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    2008 Optical Bay is ide/ata. However if you really wanted to use that sata dvd drive you have:

    Convert the molex to sata power.
    Use the extra sata data ports (2x) on the motherboard to connect the dvd drive.
     
  4. Simplesimon101 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So it's probably just as easy to order a new drive then and post this one back? so just to double check would this one do the trick?
     
  5. dazey macrumors 6502

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    If you get that one, can you let me know how it works out and if you get native burning in OSX. I need a dual layer burner as my only one is bust.
     
  6. NoManIsland macrumors regular

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    That drive should work - just make sure you remove the front tray cover before installing.
     
  7. milk242 macrumors 6502a

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    I have that drive in my 2008 Mac Pro, works fine. Only thing I wish was able to do is rename the drive so it's not called "TSSTCoprp"
     

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