Replacing dead Pioneer SuperDrive - does it have to be the special Apple-branded one?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by AVR2, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    The Pioneer DVR-TS08 that shipped with my 2009 Mac mini is kaput. Googling reveals that I can get the same model drive for $40. Will that work, or does it have to be the version with the Apple logo on the sticker and the special Apple firmware, meaning you have to pay a stupid Apple price?
  2. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    If external optical drives are anything to go by, it doesn't seem to matter. I don't think Apple-installed optical drives have special Apple firmware on them.

    Some report better success with using the same brands as Apple does (Matshita, Pioneer, etc) rather than going with some random OEM like Lite-on, but I would like to think that the drivers used for all optical drives are pretty universal at this point.
  3. awer25 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2011
    Standard drives will work fine, especially if it's the same model number. It doesn't matter that it doesn't have the Apple logo.

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