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    Need DVD-RW Recommendation for a G4
    Hello everyone...

    I have a G4 1.25 MHz 700MB+ RAM that only has a CD-RW in it. I want to get a DVD-RW to add to it, and I was hoping I could get some recommendations. I only found one listed in the Mac Store, and it was over $150. I'm hoping to stay under $100 before shipping.

    Also, I've never put hardware in a Mac before. I've done it for PCs, but if there's anything different I should know about, a heads up would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTWood View Post
    Hello everyone...

    I have a G4 1.25 MHz 700MB+ RAM that only has a CD-RW in it. I want to get a DVD-RW to add to it, and I was hoping I could get some recommendations. I only found one listed in the Mac Store, and it was over $150. I'm hoping to stay under $100 before shipping.

    Also, I've never put hardware in a Mac before. I've done it for PCs, but if there's anything different I should know about, a heads up would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    One thing you'll notice when you take apart a desktop macintosh: They have a much cleaner inside than POS PCs. :-D

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    Most standard IDE optical drives will work with your PowerMac. I put an LG 4163B DL Superdrive in my G4 Sawtooth.

    I dug this instructional manual up to help you with your drive, providing it's a G4 MDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkr0x0r View Post
    Most standard IDE optical drives will work with your PowerMac. I put an LG 4163B DL Superdrive in my G4 Sawtooth.

    I dug this instructional manual up to help you with your drive, providing it's a G4 MDD.
    Thanks. So are you saying that I can buy any IDE optical drive and it will work for both a PC and a Mac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTWood View Post
    Thanks. So are you saying that I can buy any IDE optical drive and it will work for both a PC and a Mac?
    It should work no problem.. The DVD burner I put in mine is about 3 years old and it works. I'm not too particular if Macs are that picky or not, as I have 3 different hard drives in my G4. I would say yes, go get a cheap $40 internal DVD-RW drive from Best Buy and plop it in. If it doesn't work, take it back.

    Also, check out MacSales' CD/DVD section of their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkr0x0r View Post
    It should work no problem.. The DVD burner I put in mine is about 3 years old and it works. I'm not too particular if Macs are that picky or not, as I have 3 different hard drives in my G4. I would say yes, go get a cheap $40 internal DVD-RW drive from Best Buy and plop it in. If it doesn't work, take it back.

    Also, check out MacSales' CD/DVD section of their website.
    Awesome... Thanks for the help!

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    I picked up 2 of these for my Quicksilvers. Both work perfectly.

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    No problem! Glad to help.

    @ cakey.. I love your avatar!

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