Mac Pro 2008 - Optical Bay Confusion

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

  1. Simplesimon101 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2006
    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.

  2. MitchLewis macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
  3. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    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

    Oct 5, 2006
    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

    Dec 9, 2005
    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

    Feb 17, 2010
    That drive should work - just make sure you remove the front tray cover before installing.
  7. milk242 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2007
    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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