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    Second DVD drive
    Would I be able to install this drive as my second in my 2008 mac pro. I believe there is two slots. Would any sata drive install? I would primarily use this in windows via boot camp...Is installing a second drive easy?

    Lite-On iHAS524 Ver B Black SATA 24x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive w/Nero 9--NEW | eBay

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    I believe the MP 3,1's optical drives are IDE..
    Mac Pro 4,1 (Flashed to 5,1) W3570 3.2 Quad..48GB RAM..Gainward GTX 570 "Phantom."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
    I believe the MP 3,1's optical drives are IDE..
    I don't understand... Are you saying that ihas drive will not work? What is IDE?

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    IDE is format prior to SATA.

    No SATA drive will work unless you run a cable from the extra SATA port on the MOBO
    Mac Pro 4,1 (Flashed to 5,1) W3570 3.2 Quad..48GB RAM..Gainward GTX 570 "Phantom."
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    Intricate but have a look at this first. Similar work around as if replacing original optical drive except setting up in position two:-


    http://tech.its.iastate.edu/macosx/d...o-SATA-INS.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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