Mac Pro classic and SuperDrives...what model to buy?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Xanix, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Xanix macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2011
    Hello to all. I've a Mac Pro from 2010. My SuperDrive is starting to fail when burning; specially dual layer DVDs. My model is a GH41N.

    Does anyone know, the difference between the GH41N and GH61N?

    I'm finding on eBay, Europe, more GH61N on sale then the GH41N. They cost a little more. Is the GH61N better? Does it have some special feature?

    Kind regards to all,

    *One more thing. I'm thinking on upgrading the graphics card, to a GTX 980. Do I need to buy an already modified, with a Mac EFI? Is there some bios on the net, to use on a PC model? They're cheaper to buy. On eBay, already modified ones, are being sold for 1000 EUR!
  2. Kaspin macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2015
    You can use any sata dvd drive, doesn't need to be an apple one. I'm using an LG bluray burner in my mac pro.

    You don't really need a flashed graphics card, non-flashed ones work, but you won't have a boot screen. The stickied at the top of the forum is a good read for info
  3. MacDann macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2007
    Can see the end of the Earth from here
    You can buy a PC card and flash it yourself with minimal effort. Or, you can buy an older Apple single channel card to have around if you need to get a boot screen, or leave it in one of the unused slots.

  4. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    LG BluRay also used here, mine in an external case to allow desktop access while connected to a remote Mac.
  5. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012

    I don't know what ATI cards you can flash but the only nVidia PC card that you can flash yourself is the GTX680.
  6. Bytehoven macrumors regular


    Dec 1, 2015
    Up Shellpot Creek
    I recently bought a Pioneer BDR-209BK from NewEgg ($69) and it's been working out great. I have it in a USB 3.0 external case ($40) for now. I also tried a LG BE14NU40 external BD burner from Best Buy ($110) and it offered near identical performance to the Pioneer. In either case, I would suggest a Blu-Ray drive upgrade over simply replacing the DVD/CD superdrive design. Also, if you have any other devices which might benefit from access to the new drive, there are some really nice smaller portable type drives, although they usually top out at around 6x speed instead of 12-16x.
  7. scott.n macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2010
    I don't think it's true that any SATA DVD drive will work in the Mac Pro. I tried replacing my stock Superdrive with the ASUS DRW-24B1ST and had a lot of problems with it. The eject button in the menu bar would "hang" when I tried to open the drive, and the About this Mac / System Report would become unresponsive as well. This occurred anytime after the system woke up from sleep. (If the system had just booted and hadn't slept yet, I could open and close the drive without trouble.)

    Anyways, you do have better options than an OEM Superdrive (whichever revision). I'm using an LG 14x BD-RE drive and am very happy with it.

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  8. Macdctr macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2009
    Ocean State
  9. tomvos, Feb 8, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2016

    tomvos macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2005
    In the Nexus.
    Just to chime in, you have a lot of choice regarding a new optical drive for your Mac Pro.

    I've put a HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH16NS40 BluRay drive into my Mac Pro. It works 100% fine with the Mac Pro 5.1.
  10. crjackson2134 macrumors 68040


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC

    Works perfectly here.
  11. dfritchie macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2015
  12. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I went with an external drive since the replacement drive I bought I couldn't get to line up properly internally.
  13. Xanix thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2011
    Hello to all. I ended buying a blu-ray reader/writer, from LG. Everything is working great on Mavericks and Windows 8.1.

    Kind regards,

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