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sim667

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Im looking for a replacement drive for me mac pro...... Its one of the models that uses the ATAPI connection and I'm struggling to find anywhere where they still sell those types of drives, most say discontinued.

Does anyone know of any of those type of drives that are still in production??
 

Loa

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Hello,

As stated above, look for IDE instead of ATAPI.

Also, I wouldn't buy any optical drive that wasn't made by Pioneer.

Loa
 

deconstruct60

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Does anyone know of any of those type of drives that are still in production??

Still for sale at OWC :

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/superdrive/Mac_Pro_Xeon

Not Pioneer but suspect they have stopped making them with that extremely dated connector at this point.

Given that Apple seems to be on a path of removing optical from boxes it may also be a good time to invest in a new external optical drive. (e.g., OWC has external SATA based containers which probably have a longer lifetime for mechanisms. ) Booting off Firewire should work. Newer versions of Windows can boot off USB. If booting isn't a requirement, all the more useful to switch to external.
 

sim667

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I'll see if I can find a pioneer one, and if not try and find that lg in the uk

Thanks everyone
 

sim667

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I've just bought a Pioneer DVR 118L for £17...... that seems to be fairly widely recognised as a working model in the mac pros.
 
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