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How To Upgrade/Add Optical Disc Drives In A Power Mac/Mac Pro

Article ID = 63
Article Title = How To Upgrade/Add Optical Disc Drives In A Power Mac/Mac Pro
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 15th November 2011
Article Last Updated = 9th August 2013
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?63

Article Brief Description:
Instructions for upgrading or adding internal 5.25" optical disc drive in an Apple Power Macintosh G3, G4 or G5 / Mac Pro (Silver)

Upgrading Or Adding Optical Disc Drives To A Power Macintosh/Mac Pro

Computers That Can Be Upgraded

Easy Upgrades

Hard Upgrades

Very Hard Upgrades

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How to identify your:
  • Power Macintosh G4
  • Mac Pro (Silver):
      • If you are running Mac OS X 10.4.x/10.5.x/10.6.x go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button (the System Profiler application will open).
      • If you are running Mac OS X 10.7.x go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) click "Overview" in the top left then click the "System Report" button.
    1. Select "Hardware" (on the left)
    2. On the right under the "Hardware Overview" heading check what it says for 'Model Identifier'

Step By Step Instructions For Upgrading Your Optical Disc Drive

  1. Make sure you have plenty of time and space to perform the upgrade - use a clean, flat surface (a towel can be useful to prevent scratching/movement)
  2. NOTE: A good tip is to use an ice cube tray for tracking screws that you may have to remove.
  3. Prepare your tools and unpack your new optical drive
  4. NOTE: It is recommended that you remove the front bezel of the optical drive(s) before installation - see this video. NOTE: If you are adding a second PATA optical drive to your computer be sure to set the jumpers on the drive to "slave". You do not need to do this for SATA drives.
  5. Upgrade the optical drive in your computer as per the individual instructions for the computer that you have

5.25" Optical Disc Drives

Internal PATA 5.25" optical drives

for all PowerMacintosh G4 models
or for early Mac Pro silver models (2006-2008 - MacPro1,1 / MacPro2,1 / MacPro3,1)

Internal SATA 5.25" optical drives

for later Mac Pro silver models (2009 onwards - MacPro4,1 or higher)

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