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DVD drive for eMac

I'm planning on having the CD drive replaced on my 2002 eMac with a DVD drive . I hear most drives should be compatible. I'm planning on using an Asus Pata 22x DRW-22B3S. Would that work? If not could anyone recommend me any models that would work?

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I have done this with 2 eMacs, and one G4 iMac. I used closely matching Alan Keys to undo the eMac case, and I think any drive should work (but older/slower drives are preferred). There is a burn patch available that lets you use any drive with Burn app (also Disk Utility which uses Burn). I also believe that iTunes uses the same app. You can use a shorter SATA burner with a SATA->IDE adaptor as well. It needs to be the modern short drive tho... This is what I had in my iMac, and it worked perfectly (Apple Supported Drive) under 10.5.x

Strangely enough, the drive isn't Apple Supported, but the adaptor made it appear to be a supported drive. I burned a couple of DVD's on it (one data, one movie) and it worked fine (but a little slow).

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Pioneer ide DVRs are always compatible.
Hitachi is the other brand Apple used much of the time.
There are many used G5 DVD drives on ebay for $20 and under.

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i was researching the whole dvd/cd compatibility subject recently here : http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php?topic=1826.0 moreso looking into whether its possible to acheive dual layer burning on mac os, but theres some info there if you look!

as sfp has pointed out, pioneer drives are always compatible, this is because pioneer + apple chose to support the dvd-r standard over the dvd+r standard..

"The DVD-R standard was developed by Pioneer. It is used primarily by Apple and Pioneer. In addition, this format is supported by the DVD Forum, but is in no way an industry standard. The DVD+R format is supported by Philips, Dell, Sony, HP, and Microsoft. " this is a quote from this article: http://www.diffen.com/difference/DVD%2BR_vs_DVD-R which discusses the difference between the two dvd formats.

the article groups the manufacturers into two "camps"
DVD-R camp includes: DVD Forum (Apple, Pioneer , Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Time Warner etc.)
DVD+R camp includes: DVD+RW alliance (Sony, Yamaha, Philips, Dell, Microsoft etc.)
if it was for mac os x tiger or higher, id say it doesnt matter.. but for the legacy ppc stuff,
it might be best to stick with the drives by the manufacturers of DVD-R drives.. Mitsubishi, Pioneer or Hitachi.
but the trouble is, your local shop might not carry any of these brands, as new manufacturers have sort of taken over the cd/dvd market, a quick search of my local shops reveal brands such as Lenovo, ASUS, Silverstone Technology, LG Electronics, StarTech, eVGA, Liteon, SuperMicro, Toshiba, IBM, Samsung.

that said, i know myself + many others have had great sucess with LG + LiteOn drives which are plentiful at shops pretty much all over north america, and at a decent price.

again as sfp stated, theres a large number of PATA cd/dvd drives for sale that are in perfect working order, having been salvaged from the vast number of 'retired machines' out there, be they pc or mac. if u can find someone locally with a stash u should be able to grab for 10-15$ a unit.

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I would just add, that when dual layer 8GB blanks became available (which are only available in +R) Pioneer added +R support. I'm not sure exactly where that change took place.
It looks to be around the Pioneer DVR-108.
So if you need dual layer burning look for a Pioneer DVR-108 to DVR-111 from a G4, G5 tower.
Otherwise something in the DVR-105 to 107 range will be fine.
For example:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131299125639
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181519685593

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ahhhh, the DVR-108. I've had about 3 of those. I may actually have a SATA model in my iMac as we speak!

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Ok thanks, I'll be snooping for one of those. :3 Would there however be a DVD-RW model of any sort that would work? Or would any of these models at least write CDs?

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Any Pioneer DVR-108 or newer will do everything except write to DVD-RAM.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Computer/Computer+Drives/DVR-108

Earlier models will not write dual layer (DVD+R DL). But will any do flavor of 4GB blanks.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Computer/Computer+Drives/DVR-107D...