Question about optical drives in a PowerMac G3

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by *old-guy*, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. *old-guy* macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2007
    Blackburn in North West England
    Hi guys,
    Is it reasonable to hope that I could remove the Sony DVD-RW from my badly wounded windows box and fit it inside my G3 B/W or are the drives for Macs totally different, build and connection-wise?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Macs haven't had any ridiculously proprietary connectors for quite some time. (10 years now? The ADB port on the B&W barely counts.)

    It'll work. I have a BenQ DVD-ROM in one of my Macs.
  3. *old-guy* thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2007
    Blackburn in North West England
    If you weren't a cartoon, I could kiss you for that reply, lol
    Or maybe just a gruff handshake.
  4. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    Fit: YES 4 sho :eek: Standard ATAPI drives slide right in & connect using regular IDE data & Molex 4-pin pwr plugs

    Work: probably, but not a sure thing......

    If you're running OS X, then you stand a REAL good chance that it will work as soon as you connect it & boot up. Fortunately, Sony was/is 1 of the OEM optical drive makers for Apple in recent years, so alot of their models have drivers built-in to the OS. OS 9.xx support is so-so........

    However, there are a FEW Sony models that will only work after you d/l & install a free app called "Patchburn" that adds drivers for many drives, Sony & otherwise......notta problemo......

    YMMV as always.......but if for some reason it doesn't seem to work, go for most any of the Pioneer units.....they are OEM supported bigtime !

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