2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 21, 2013 12:48 PM by mooblie
dosto233 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi guys,


The original optical drive in my Mac Pro (2006, MacPro 1,1) has failed and I need to replace it. My questions is does the replacement explicitly have to state OS X/Mac compatibility? PATA drives are getting harder to come by, let alone Apple compatible drives, but for all I know OS X will pick up any IDE drive just fine. Anyone know for sure?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Johnb-one Level 4 (1,560 points)

    well, not 100%, but I can tell you my experience, fwiw. My mom's husband's PC was dying and I was working on getting the old hard drive out and the photos off of it, which I managed to do (with some help).  He said I could take whatever was left, so for a laugh, I grabbed the LiteOn dvd burner that was in there and put it in my Mac Pro (3.1, I think). Surprisingly enought it worked just fine, didn't need anything else. I put it in bay 2, plugged in the power and data cable, set it to cable select, and was good to go. It lasted a few years, but these things do wear out eventually, and no, it didn't say anything about OS X/Mac compatibility.  so, my opinion is as follows: Go for it. It ought to work. Of course, I'm no expert


    John B

  • mooblie Level 4 (1,935 points)

    Any Pioneer DVR-108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 115, etc... series should be fine.