Mac Pro A1289 What DVD Drives can you use?

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  1. MikeDavies99 macrumors newbie

    MikeDavies99

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    Hey all,
    I have a Mac Pro A1289. My DVD writer is getting errors on write.
    What replacement DVD writers can I use or am I stuck with
    the Apple Part?
    Thanks
    Mike
     
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Any standard optical drive should work. Some optical drives will spin randomly to search for a disc. This is a firmware issue. It doesn't affect compatibility, it's just annoying. I had a drive that did this and just kept a disc inside to stop the random spin ups.
     
  3. frou macrumors 6502a

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    I put in a BluRay burner (Pioneer BDR-209EBK). It was often reluctant to eject its tray (using the icon in the menu bar). After updating it to the latest firmware from Pioneer, it is fine.

    Surprisingly, Finder natively supports burning data (files/folders) to BluRays.
     
  4. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

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    I use a Pioneer drive too, works fine :) use it to rip BluRays and DVDs etc.

    Roxio Toast and other software can actually burn watchable BluRays in OS X and have been able to for some time. OS X just can't play them back.
     
  5. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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  6. nigelbb macrumors 65816

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    Any standard optical drive should work provided it has an SATA interface. The older P-ATA interface models that are used in Mac Pro 3,1 & earlier are still available so be sure to buy the correct model.
     
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Do you warn people about buying ATA hard drives too?
     
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    Almost any SATA optical drive will work, including DVD and Blu-Ray drives. Just make sure it is tray-loading (not slot loading), SATA, and looks normal (no exotic layout). Before you install it, you have to pop the front bezel off of the tray in order to be compatible with the Mac Pro drive doors.

    Personally, I added an LG blu-ray drive.
     
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  10. pastrychef macrumors 601

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