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    iMac G3 DVD Drive Upgrade
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    iMac G3 DVD Drive Upgrade
    Are there any known dvd drive upgrades for iMac g3s other then the ones that came with them factory, like a dvd burner?

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    iMac G3 DVD Drive Upgrade
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    If it is a 400MHz iMac or faster, they came with Firewire 400 ports so look for an external Firewire Superdrive. It does need to be Firewire in order to be bootable as USB is much too slow, even on models up to the G5, apart from one model of iMac G5.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    iMac G3 DVD Drive Upgrade
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    thanks for the suggestion but i was kind of wondering if there where any internal upgrades because i heard of one somewhere but i cant remember where.

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    iMac G3 DVD Drive Upgrade
    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Thjey are pretty hard to work on but have a look at this.


    iMac G3 Disassembly Guide
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    iMac G3 DVD Drive Upgrade
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    If you want to know some drives that work check out the Accelerate Your Mac! Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Database database. Enter your Mac's specs and see whether there are reports from other users about successful upgrades.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    iMac G3 DVD Drive Upgrade

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    2011 13' Macbook Pro i5
    Frankly for the cost of a DVD drive upgrade you would be talking the costs of buying a DVD laden 1Ghz+ emac.

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