Replacing a Power Mac G4 DVD-Ram drive.

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by iKokomo, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. iKokomo macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2012
    I just got a Power Mac G4 from a friend and the included DVD-Ram drive does not function, it makes weird noises like the cd/dvd is hitting the inside of the metal case. Therefore I would like to replace it. My question is:

    Can I replace this mac DVD-Ram drive with any internal DVD or CD drive that uses the molex power supply and SCSI Cable? Or do I need to replace it with the same drive?

    I have a few DVD drives laying around my work place that would let me have some. I just want to make sure it works before I get one.

  2. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    You should be fine with any ATAPI(IDE/PATA) DVD drive. I've certainly done it enough times. Put in a DVD-RW or the like if you want. Depending on what model you have exactly, you may need to remove the drive door(it usually just slides off) to allow it to clear the opening in the case.

    The G4s could optionally be had with SCSI hard drives, but I'm not aware of any using one for CD/DVD or ZIP.
  3. havokalien macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2006
    Kelso, Wa
    They had a SCSI card for the Hard Drives but still used IDE for the opticals.

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