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    Replace optical drives
    I have a Mac Pro with 2 Optiarc DVD RW AD - 7170A, both of which have ceased to operate. Need to replace and would like to do it myself. What should I replace with?

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    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Trust you have a Mac Pro 1.1 as the burners are a 2006 model? Go for Pioneer, they are as cheap as chips and simple to install. No need for a pair really unless you run a sound studio or such.


    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Pioneer/DVR118LBK/
    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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    G'Day to you too and thank you. You are absolutely right - although I can't believe this computer is that old! Pioneer it is. Any suggestions for my second drive slot?

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    Unless you are doing a commercial number of burns leave it MT.
    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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    Excuse my ignorance. MT?

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    MT = "empty"

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    Sorry and yes as Charlie has said 'empty'.
    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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    OK I have it. Can I find a video on how to install it?

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Have a look at this, and there is an excellent description in your user manual, and if you do not have that, it is available by doing a search of Apple Manuals:-


    Mac Pro Optical Drive Installation Video at OtherWorldComputing.com


    And:-


    manuals.info.apple.com/en/macpro_opticaldrive_diy.pdf -
    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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    Thank you!

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