Need CDRW help

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by ian559, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. ian559 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2002
    I have a powermac g4 733 quicksilver. My cdrw has died. I would like to put in a new cdrw or a dvd rw. What can I do? I went to my Mac autorised dealer and they told me they had to fix it or buy a external....
  2. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    If you're just looking for a CD-RW drive, I would think just about any ATA CD-RW drive would work, especially if an external drive was recommended.

    Unfortunately, I am not that up to date with the looks of a Quicksilver. Does it look like a standard CD-RW drive or is it recessed behind the case somehow?
  3. ian559 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2002
    I dont want a external drive....... I want to replace the one I have without paying apple 200 bucks for a 50 buck drive
  4. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    I understand that, and that's why I asked if it appeared your internal drive was a standard ATA CDRW drive. I don't know how the current drive fits in the case, hence my question.
  5. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003

    his drive is behind a door thing, like the mirror doors. It just flops down when the drive is ejected. You should be able to replace this yourself. I would just buy a cd-rw drive from a know mac seller like macmall or another place. Then you probably only have to undo screws on the broken drive that hold it in, and pull it out and replace it with the new one.

    Just take the time before you go buy a new drive to get the old one out, it wont be missed because its broken already. Then once you got it figured out, buy new drive, and install.

    Also, make sure the drives tray will be able to come out. Check the size of the face plat on the front of the drive, the quicksilvers door might get in the way. That would be the only complicating thing I could think of.

    Actually, another thing that poped into mind, is that some programs might not like the new drive, like iTunes wont burn music cds to it, that could happen.
  6. ian559 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2002
    Thanks I know how to remove and install. What though me was the mac guys telling me nothing but theirs would work....
  7. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    edit: they're trying to sell you a drive/labor you can do yourself :D

    you're fine with just about any compatible CD/DVD-RW drive, the inside of the door is rounded out, so that the front drive bezel will roll right over the "hump".

    if you're really worried about the old smaller drive bezel, then remove it, it's taped on with 2x sided tape, and gently remove the new bezel, you'll need to check your specific one (some move over, and then up, some move up and then over).

    if you need any other help, PM me
  8. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    Re: cdrw

    I don't see why it wouldn't. There are many different kinds of external CD-RW drives, non of which are all from the same CD-RW drive manufacture. I have an external LaCie External CD-RW, but I know for a fact the LaCie doesn't make the CD-RW drive itself. Really all your paying for there is the drive, case and possibly the chipset.

    As long as it says its Mac compatible then it will work with anything in Mac OS X. The only issues you have to figure out is what others are saying about the alignment of the bezel cover in the front. You might want to also look around on eBay and you may even find an exact QuickSilver CD-RW drive replacement from someone.

    If its not under warranty anymore then your not forced to take it to an Authorized Service Center. That guy was just trying to fool you into taking it there so he could make some money. But if its still under warranty then yes he is correct and the drive and installation of the drive would then be free.
  9. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    Only some CDRWs are supported by iTunes etc. though nearly all are supported by Toast. I have a Lite-On LTR-52327S which IS fully supported by iTunes and everything else and it cost me £25. Apparently it's been cheaper in the states. AFAIK there is a combo drive by LG that's supported as well.

    The lite-on is reportedly bootable but I haven't tried that

    I have an MDD powermac and had to take the front drive door bevel off the CDRW so it would clear the openings. It's easy to remove.

    For more drive compatibility info take a look at
  10. ian559 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2002
    I put in a pioneer thanks for all the help. I bought it in the windows section for 140 bucks. Worked fine finally loading my 10.3 panther

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