MacPro SuperDrive


macrumors G4
Original poster
Jun 29, 2002
Republic of Ukistan
MacBidouille are reporting (in French, needless to say) that the SuperDrive in some MacPros is not the Sony unit it appears to be, but is actually a better-specified NEC 4750 clone, which can write DVD-RAMs at 5x, and write CDs at 48x. They have succeeded in redefining it so that you can use its latent capabilities.

It's three pages long. I could translate it, but I can't be arsed. :)

PM me if you really must know what it says.


macrumors regular
Oct 2, 2006
Atlanta, GA
All the models i checked said Pioneer. This is the first Sony i've ran across and it's in my own machine.

The one in my G4, which i purchased from new Egg is a pioneer, never had a problem with it, not to mention I don't hear it. But the case might have something to do with that.


macrumors 68000
Feb 14, 2005
Northern Ireland
That's weird, I thought I was the odd one out, most of the reviews I read of the Mac Pro said they shipped with Sony drives (hence my surprise, although not disappointment when it arrived with a Pioneer). Must be whoever is the cheapest when Apple places their order of Superdrives.


macrumors 6502
Jan 7, 2002
bossass said:
What does one do with two drives? Just curious.
While one drive is busy, the other drive is free to start the next task. This comes in handy for most DVD applications. When you want to back up your DVD library with Handbrake, the extra drive speeds up the process greatly.

Less swapping of discs too when it comes to program installs that are more than 2x discs. Just a convenience factor then.

I've come across situations often where I already have a disc being accessed/read/writing and I want to use the drive but can't since it's busy. I figured for ~$35, another Pioneer DVR-111 was worth it.