Replace iMac FP Optical Drive

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by belvdr, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    I have a flat panel iMac with a SuperDrive. My dad recently purchased a DVD+R/VCR unit and has been dubbing our home movies over. However, I'd like to edit some of these with iMovie. Alas, my SuperDrive is a DVD-R only model, and I'd like to replace it with a new DVD+R DL if possible.

    I took my iMac apart last night and the drive is a standard ATA drive, and the front panel of the drive has been removed. The tray looks to be thinner than the DVD+R DL I have in my PC, so I didn't try swapping them.

    Has anyone ever replaced a flat panel iMac's SuperDrive or Combo Drive? Which model did you use?
  2. belvdr thread starter macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    So nobody has attempted to upgrade their iMac?
  3. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Which iMac are you talking, G4 or G5? They're both flat panel after all but very different. I think the former would work, the latter probably not. But no promises, they could have found a special tray-load drive for the G4 iMac to save space...

    edit: even if you did, I think the burner has to be Apple supported (read: installed) to work with iMovie and iDVD. Sorry.
  4. bokdol macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    if it is the round base imac g4 it is easy. and uses thew same ata drive. i have changed a few. but only from the pioneer brand. there are some dvd drives that are longer but the hight is the same. one issue that you may run into is the rom. it should be flashed to the mac rom or osx will not recognize it. go to and look at the list of drives that will work for the mac. your father's drive may not work correctly.
  5. belvdr thread starter macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    Yeah, it's a flat panel G4.

    I took the unit apart and the drive is a standard drive. I also noticed there is a fan _inside_ the superdrive too. I wish I could get an iMac G5 and be done with all of this.

    What about some of the external LaCie's? Do they work with iMovie and iDVD?

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