Recommend me a replacement DVD drive for a 2008 Mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sim667, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. sim667 macrumors 65816

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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??
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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  3. Loa macrumors 65816

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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
     
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  5. flatfoot macrumors 65816

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    IDE (along with SATA) is ATAPI; you mean IDE instead of SATA.
     
  6. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  7. sim667 thread starter macrumors 65816

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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
     
  8. Loa macrumors 65816

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  9. sim667 thread starter macrumors 65816

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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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