Mac Pro 3,1 and Apple USB Superdrive

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Beardy man, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. Beardy man macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    My internal DVD drive on my Early 08 MacPro has died.
    I picked up an Apple USB Superdrive after being told it would work with a MacPro. When I got it back to base and plugged it in, no joy.

    I've now read on the box it's only compatible with Mac's without a built in DVD drive. :(

    When the nMacPro delivery gets down to 1-2 weeks I'll probably jump on one so it's not a waste (in the long term).

    Until then, anyone got a way of getting this to work?


  2. GraniteTheWolf macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2013
    Not worth "fixing" or trying to save a dead drive. Optical drives are cheap as dirt, or they were last I checked :p

    $10-15 gets you a good working dvd-rw duperdrive from Newegg or eBay. Just make sure is an IDE drive. Replacing the bad optical drive with a new one literally is no more then a 10-20 minute job if your slow.

    Only special thing you need to do is to take the faceplate off of the CD tray otherwise it wont open the front door of the mac pro. Easy to do!

    Pretty much any drive will work, I have an LG superdrive in my '08 from my old gaming computer.
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    Last edited: Mar 29, 2014

    Beardy man thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Sorry, I didn't make my issue clear - in preparation for (eventually) buying a nMacPro I bought an Apple external USB superdrive knowing I'd have to get one anyway when I get a nMP.

    Rather than spending any money/time on my 08, I just wanted to know if anyone has found a way of getting the MacPro to accept an Apple external DVD drive. Apparently it's only the Apple models that are the problem, 3rd party unis work fine. I agree, my bad for not doing my homework

    Oh, by the way, I'm running 10.6.8 if that makes any difference.

  4. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Take a look here
  5. Beardy man thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Thanks MacsRgr8 - this is exactly what I was hoping to find. I did find a few of the other versions of this hack but all seemed to be full of "sometimes works, didn't work for me" type comments.

    What I was after was the definitive way to do this.

    Thanks again, much appreciated.

  6. adam9c1 macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2012
    Is this a permanent fix or will this revert once machine is restarted?

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