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    G5 DVD Burner Replacement

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    G5 DVD Burner Replacement
    I want to know where you can connect SATA cables[Power & Data]. to install new Burner on Power Mac G5 1.8

    The G5 is one of the early models.

    I see 2 connections on the motherboard, but the two hard drives take them up.... are there any work arounds...?

    Can I buy a card that has these connections on them... ?

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    G5 DVD Burner Replacement
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    You need an IDE type internal burner for your G5, not SATA. I'm not familiar with the inside of the G5 but there should be an IDE connector for the drive. Did you look to see how the old one was connected? Or you can buy an external drive and hook it up via firewire or USB. Firewire would be a better choice since you can't boot from a USB device with your G5.

    Regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinR View Post
    I want to know where you can connect SATA cables[Power & Data]. to install new Burner on Power Mac G5 1.8
    The title of your thread says, "G5 DVD Burner Replacement".

    If your project is to "replace" your G5's DVD burner...why not just use all of the wiring/connections from the DVD burner you need to remove?

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    I seem to remember reading a thread on another forum about how tricky it can be to get the optical drive out, and then a replacement back in. It's pretty tight in there, and there are buffer pads to watch out for, and so on. chscag's suggestion of an external firewire drive enclosure might become more appealing once you're taken a look.

    I *think* you'll find, as Nick points out, that there is an ATA (IDAE) connector on the end of a flat ribbon cable plugged into the back of the optical drive. Beside it will be a power supply plug (5v). You need to remove both of those before trying to get the old drive out.
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    G5 DVD Burner Replacement
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    It's not very difficult to replace a DVD driver in a Powermac G5....in fact some folks may even describe it as easy.

    Here's a photo (below) of my dual 1.8ghz G5 Powermac. To remove the DVD drive you:

    - flip the two grey plastic latches at the bottom of the DVD drive
    - slide the drive out as far as possible...giving you great access to the data & power cables
    - disconnect the data & power cables from the back of the DVD drive.
    - remove the drive (easy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    - remove the drive (easy)
    Must have been a different G5, maybe the Mac Pro, I read about then .
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    Must have been a different G5, maybe the Mac Pro, I read about then .
    I could check with my Mac Pro as well...but I'm using it currently...and don't want to open it up while it's running!

    But yes...with all of the different Powermac G5 models...there certainly could be differences...especially when you're talking the dual-processor vs. the later dual/quad-core models.

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    As easy as pie changing optical in all G5 Towers. Maybe hughvane is referring to the G5 iMac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Maybe hughvane is referring to the G5 iMac?
    No, it was either a G5 or Pro tower machine, and the thread was on MacOSXHints, but it was early last year and I can't find it. No matter, I am corrected, and happy to be so .
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    No, it was either a G5 or Pro tower machine, and the thread was on MacOSXHints, but it was early last year and I can't find it. No matter, I am corrected, and happy to be so .
    No problems...maybe you had too much L&P or pavlova today!

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    G5 DVD Burner Replacement

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    DVD Issue
    I want to thank all of you for your comments re: DVD replacement on my old G5.......
    I have replaced the DVD twice in the past... and Yes I know it is connected with the IDE connector.... (Thanks for the great photo of unit by the way Pigoo3...)
    I have a nice Sony optiarc drive I would like to use...and would like to set it up with a SATA connection.... but alas.... no more then 2 connections exist...and they are being used.... I was wondering if they have a plug in type card such as one that is used for USB & Firewire hubs..... so I CAN use a SATA cable...... If not I will have to make a external housing and use firewire....

    Thanks all, for your prompt replies....Kevin R

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    If you are determined to put a SATA optical drive in, consider a PCI, PCI-X or PCI-E depending on your model G5 which you did not provide, SATA Controller Card with internal ports. Not cheap and a 20X Pioneer DL IDE drive, which is about $40.00, will do the job as well and Pioneer are recognised as native by G5s.

    Here is one such card:-

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonne...hnology/TSATA/

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    G5 DVD Burner Replacement

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    DVD Issue Solution
    Thanks for all the comments......I decided it was more cost effective all around..... to order a IDE burner and go with it..... the sata burner will have sit and wait for a machine that I can use it in....... KevinR

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