Putting a laptop dvd drive in a mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kxfrog, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. kxfrog macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2009
    Hi, Can i put an old IDE CD/DVD Laptop drive in my 2009 Mac Pro?
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    It would be unlikely. The Mac Pro needs a tray loading mechanism which generally isn't done in laptops. The next problem would be fixing the drive as they usually have proprietory fixtures opposed to the standardized 5,25" drives used in a Mac Pro.
  3. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Yes, it's technically possible but you'll need the correct interface converters. Laptop drives a sub-miniture connector for both data and power, not found on desktops... and you'll need to create a custom mounting solution then problem solve the sliding door on the MacPro, where a tray would normally appear from. Though it's physically possible to remove it entirely.
  4. kxfrog thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2009
    Hi, My laptop drive is a tray loading atapi dvd drive, the front bezel comes off easily, could it fit in the mac pro with any thing like a laptop dvd drive to 5.25" adapter if they exist?
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    As UltraNEO mentioned, assuming you can actually find both the miniSATA connector based IDE->SATA converter, yes.

    But neither the mounting adapter or the IDE->SATA converter using the necessary miniSATA connectors are available. So though technically possible (i.e. DIY both adapters), it's not likely. :( I've never seen what you need at any rate. :eek:

    At least the IDE based (or SATA optical + IDE-SATA adapters) aren't horribly expensive. ;)
  6. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    You can get a decent superdrive for about $30. You'll probably spend more than that trying to modify the one you got to work with it. Just sell that one on ebay and get a new drive.
  7. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    There was a solution like this for the G5 PowerMacs where it added 2 laptop optical drive bays in place of a single 5.25" desktop drive. Then again, they used IDE drives. The 09 MP's have SATA optical drives.

    I can't remember what it was called or who made them. This made it possible to have 2 dvd burners in a G5 as there was only one space originally for a normal sized desktop drive.

    I'm sure the same setup could be used in the Mac Pro if you want to use one. DVD drives are so cheap now a days that taking that approach isn't really cost effective. Even BluRay drives are cheap.

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