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    Power Mac G5 Ultra ATA/100 optical drive

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    Power Mac G5 Ultra ATA/100 optical drive
    My internal Superdrive died in my 2004 Power Mac Dual 2.0 GHz, I've already checked with the sales dept. at OWC and they can't help me. I wanted to upgrade the optical drive to a Lightscribe DVD burner, but I've hit the wall.

    I'm thinking about using an adapter from my IDE Ultra ATA/100 connector on my Mother Board or is it Daughter Board? The adapter supposedly converts my IDE to SATA, so theoretically I could use a off the shelf DVD burner that supports LightScribe?????

    StarTechcom IDE to SATA Adapter Converter by Office Depot

    Here's the problem on my G5 I have 39 male pins and every adapter I've checked has 40 female pin slots. Will this be a problem?

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    Power Mac G5 Ultra ATA/100 optical drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty1962 View Post
    My internal Superdrive died in my 2004 Power Mac Dual 2.0 GHz, I've already checked with the sales dept. at OWC and they can't help me. I wanted to upgrade the optical drive to a Lightscribe DVD burner, but I've hit the wall.

    I'm thinking about using an adapter from my IDE Ultra ATA/100 connector on my Mother Board or is it Daughter Board? The adapter supposedly converts my IDE to SATA, so theoretically I could use a off the shelf DVD burner that supports LightScribe?????

    StarTechcom IDE to SATA Adapter Converter by Office Depot

    Here's the problem on my G5 I have 39 male pins and every adapter I've checked has 40 female pin slots. Will this be a problem?
    If your not using you second HDD slot why don't you just run a SATA cable from it's port to the optical. If you are IMHO and SI PCI/PCIX SATA card would be a better option. Do the above and run your second drive from the SATA card. The added benefit is that you'll have 3 or so new SATA ports. You can put drives in front of the front fans.

    http://www.amazon.com/Syba-SATA-PCI-...8312209&sr=8-1

    This is the one I use.
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    Power Mac G5 Ultra ATA/100 optical drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
    If your not using you second HDD slot why don't you just run a SATA cable from it's port to the optical. If you are IMHO and SI PCI/PCIX SATA card would be a better option. Do the above and run your second drive from the SATA card. The added benefit is that you'll have 3 or so new SATA ports. You can put drives in front of the front fans.

    Amazon.com: Syba SATA II PCI-X 4 Ports Host Raid Controller Card: Electronics

    This is the one I use.
    Thank you for the reply and the link I am using the second SATA port for an additional HDD, LOL! I thought about that too. I had a good feeling there was someone that was in the same perdicament as myself. I like the option you suggested much better than my original thought, it looks like a better quality piece of equipment.

    Thank you again for the link

    Kind regards,

    Frosty

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