OPTIARC DVD Superdrive

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by speekez, May 7, 2007.

  1. speekez macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    Did anyone else's new Mac Pro come shipped with a Optiarc DVD Superdrive? I don't see it mentioned much here. The model comes up as AD-7170A in System Profiler.

    What's the word on this drive? Slow? Can it be flashed?
  2. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    Mine came with a pair of the same model. Apparently its a Sony / NEC rebranding job. I don't know any specifics about speed / flashing though.
  3. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Yes, my Mac pro came with this burner :) Good but could be faster.

  4. Lycanthrope macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Brussels, Belgium, Europe
    Yeah mine has this too - I did burn a DVD on it but I didn't pay any attention to the speed or noise it made, I think it was decent enough though.
  5. Kosh66 macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2004
    Yes, my Mac Pro has this Sony/Nec Superdrive. Haven't tried buring a DVD yet. I have to get a few dual layer DVD disks and try it.
  6. speekez thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
  7. Tootlek macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2008
    I have the same drive and it is a load of rubbish

    Im going to check the firmware and cache when I get home

    Burning a 4.3gig dvd of video files in toast 8:
    I hit the burn button and toast starts to count down from 3 minutes
    14 minutes later it completes the burn and then spends another 14 verifying
    I feel like sending it back
    the spec says 16 to 18times speed but toast says the average is x2

    this is false advertising and breaks the sale of good and services act of Ireland

    i feel like I want to swap for a pioneer but I have had the mac pro for a few months now

    what burn speeds are people getting with this dvd writer?

    8core 2.8, 2gig, 320gig, 8800graphics, leopard 10.5.2
  8. mgsarch macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    i don't know but they're not good. thing is SO freaking loud and slow.

    luckily i burn a dvd/cd once in a blue moon. pfft. media ...
  9. Tootlek macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2008
    sounds like its faulty and apple should give you a pioneer instead

    if you buy online does that mean you have to pay to send the dvd drive back to them? It would be better if they sent you out one and collected the old one
  10. Tbarr macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Optiarc AD-7170A
    Review Posted on 01/11/2006
    CDFreaks Burn Statistics - Total success rate: 97.79% - Excellent
    Based on 69,128 burns

    Actually, it's a pretty good drive... just very OLD. Mine came with Firmware version 1.NC, which is... very OLD. Current version is 1.04, which is about a DOZEN steps above what Apple shipped this drive with :confused:
    It appears that the more recent Optiarc AD-7191A is a step backwards, but the 'not shipping in the USA' AD-7200A looks to be a winner.

    Whatever, my Lite-On LH-20A1H just died at age 12 months (darn thing wouldn't even fit in my 2008MP!). I needed another Lightscribe drive, so, I just received the Samsung SH-S202N, gave it the Book Type patch, and I'm burning up a storm. So far, so good.
    The 202N is the 203 with a P-ATA interface and Lightscribe.
    :D :cool: ;)
  11. Tootlek macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2008
    When burning a data dvd of 4.3 gig Toast 8 starts its countdown clock at 3 mins
    14 mins later the disk is burnt and then it takes another 14mins to verify

    Im using verbatim 16 speed media

    how crap is that?

    would chaging the version of toast matter? is there a native leopard version?

    cant think of anything else other than its a crap dvd drive and apple have made it worse with their firmware????

    its not a super drive
    Its a super slow drive, super crap drive perhaps............
  12. almostinsane macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    I have this same drive and it is slow. Burning DVD's is 3x as long as my previous Mac Pro with a Pioneer drive and CD's are just as slow. I guess I'll replace it with a Pioneer again.
  13. tugger macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2005
    The Optiarc in my MP 2008 wouldn't even burn CDs consistently even after updating the firmware. AppleCare did a DIY swap and sent me a Pioneer 112D, which works great.
  14. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Lomita, CA
    The Optiarc 7170-A 1.NC in my Mac Pro is fast enough. Drives typically never burn at full speed and slow down as they get closer to the outer edges. It is pretty loud though, but not constantly.
  15. mgsarch macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    You guys don't hear your optiarc ramp up RIDICULOUSLY loud when it first starts? I guess ridiculous is relative but my MP is silent and the only thing I ever hear is that god damned optiarc. It sounds like a freaking jet engine, i freaked out the first time thinking my fans had gone haywire.
  16. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Lomita, CA
    Oh, it does when it firsts scans the disc, but its never as loud afterwards. But i've had plenty of loud drives over the years so it didn't strike me as out of the ordinary.
  17. Erwin-Br macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2008
    The Netherlands
    Same here. It doesn't bother me in the slightest, those 2 seconds of noise during start-up. As long as the drive remains fast and stable, I have no problem with it.

  18. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Just as a bit of info, the MBA external superdrive is also a Optiarc ;)
  19. HE15MAN macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2009
    Florida's Treasure Coast
    I think mine has officially died after a year. It won't burn anything anymore with Toast or DiskUtility, but it plays fine. This is terrible :mad:
  20. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I had two Sony NEC Optiarc optical drives die on me within a year. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone one.

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