Mac Pro :: Removing Internal SuperDrive And Putting Into External Case?

Oct 19, 2010

I have a 2010 Mac Pro, and plan to remove the internal "SuperDrive" to make more room for SSDs. I would like to put the internal drive that came with the Mac, into a case that allows me to boot the drive when necessary -- the only situation I can really think of is new OS/X updates, because if I honestly calculate how many times I've needed/used a SuperDrive in any of my equipment (MBP, MP) in the last half decade, it averages out to: maybe once a year, if that. In short, for me personally, it's just this relic gathering dust and taking up space in my computer for no reason.

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OS X :: Putting PC In PowerMac Case?

Aug 18, 2009

I am now looking at the possibility of transferring the system into a G5 PowerMac Case. Why G5? Because they are cheaper than the Mac Pro cases and Mac Pro cases are even more rare than the G5 ones (in the UK anyway). Anyway, how difficult do you reckon this would be? I have been looking on InsanelyMac forum and it appears that the way to go would be to buy a removable motherboard tray from something like a Lian-Li case but what about the PSU/Drives/Cards, etc? What do you think? Is it worth the effort?

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Mac Pro :: Putting Old Superdrive Into Second Slot?

Feb 25, 2008

I have a new Mac Pro coming tomorrow. My current PowerMac is dead, so I'm planning on doing the Migration Assistant by putting in my old Drive into the new Mac Pro. The question I have is: Is it worth putting in my old Superdrive into the 2nd slot? Even it is not the newer 16x speed?

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MacBook Air :: Using Superdrive - Which Case Is Best

Mar 13, 2009

Anyone using anything decent or just chucking it in your bag and hoping it doesn't get scratched/dropped?

Currently using a modded leather square CD storage thingie, but it's a bit thick, kind of defeats the purpose. Wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fixed USB cable which gets snagged.

Strange that the usual suspects (Tucano etc.) haven't made a custom case for this peripheral.

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PowerPC :: Removing Scratches In An IMac G5 Case?

Dec 23, 2010

I'm curious if anyone has a fairly surefire method to remove scuffs and scratches from an iMac G5. I picked one up from a friend for $50 that needed new caps in the power supply (check) and was pretty roughed up cosmetically. Now I've decided to keep it as a kitchen/guest computer but would like to get rid of the scratching as much as possible.

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Mac Pro :: Finding Guide - 2009 Removing Superdrive?

Nov 5, 2009

Is there some set of instructions on removing the superdrive on the 2009 Mac Pros?

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MacBook Pro :: Optibay Alternative/Slim Superdrive Case 15"

Oct 7, 2009

I just installed a 160gb Gen2 Intel in my 15" macbook pro, and its flooring me with its speed. Amazing upgrade. All editors, designers, etc... should do this upgrade.

Optibay Alternative ----

Now I want to put another SSD in there for Raid0 or just the stock 500gb for now.. for storage.. but the cost of the Optibay is pretty high. I saw a link to an alternative, called USCaddy or something, I forgot. Can someone link that one in, and comment if its ok?

Slim Superdrive Enclosure -----

And what are people putting their old superdrives in? I want something slim lined, USB bus powered.. etc... Any comments on one that works really well and looks cool

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Intel Mac :: Switch Off Internal SuperDrive?

Feb 12, 2012

The internal SuperDrive has a big demage and needs to get replaced by a new device. The replacement is to expensive. Therefore I bought an externalisier drive. But how can I deactivate the SuperDrive by Software? 

ibook G4, iMAC2,16GHz Core2Duo, 2GB DDR2 667 MHz, NAS 1 TB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 16 GB, Apple TV

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Power Mac G5 :: Removing 2nd Internal HDD From Dual 2.0?

Oct 14, 2007

I cannot seem to get my second hard disk (lower drive bay, B) out of the machine.

I've disconnected the data and power cables from the drive, lifted the B drive swing tab out of the way...but no matter what that drive seems to be wedged in there pretty good.

Dual G5, and stuff.
Mac OS X (10.4.9)

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MacBook Air :: Superdrive: Switching Internal DVD Drive To BluRay?

Dec 14, 2010

As written above, do you think it would be possible to change the DVD Rom within the MBA SD to a Bluray Drive? Speaking of using the case and USB electronics to hook it to an Air or Mac mini Server?

Are there any Bluray Drive Drivers for OS X so far?

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OS X :: Putting All Photos On An External Hdd

Oct 27, 2009

So I've got an old macbook and I've used up all my internal memory in photos (lots and lots of photos). I'm wondering if I can put all my photos on an external hardrive and then have iphoto use the external as it's source for photos?

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MacBook Pro :: CarbonCopy From Internal To External HDD Then To Internal SSD

Jun 29, 2014

I recently purchased a new SSD and would like to input that into my MBP 2012. If I have a partition on my external HDD that contains the carbon copy of my MBP, am I able to clone it into my SSD after I have installed it in the MBP through the USB? 

Internal HDD --> External HDD
Place internal HDD into optibay, and place SSD into the harddisk slot
Connect External HDD via USB to MBP
CarbonCopy to new SSD via USB from External HDD
Format Internal HDD 

Will this work?

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OS X :: Backup Leopard To External Drive And Putting Into Mac Possible?

Dec 1, 2008

I have a Macbook with an 80gb HDD, I want to put my leopard onto that external drive and then put that drive into my macbook. Is it possible to put a carbon copy of my original drive to my other one, only with more space.

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Applications :: ITunes Keeps Putting Muisc On MBP HDD Instead Of External HDD?

Dec 26, 2009

I changed the import settings and they keep changing back. I now want to move the music I purchased onto my external HDD where the rest of my library lives and take them off of my MBP HDD. I have copied them to my external HDD and they exist in the proper artist folder but how do I associate it with my iTunes library ?

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Hardware :: External HD Not Working / Damaged By Putting In Enclosure

May 5, 2010

External IDE drive,- removed from a dead PC. chock full of files. Mounted via USB perfectly on the 'Vista PC and I am pretty certain the drive mounted on new MacBook Pro running 10.6.2 (using Wiebe's external docking device) Many documents were present and viewable on the Mac

Drive then placed in plastic bag on counter in dining room. Two weeks later I purchased a USB enclosure for the drive. Installed easily. Powered up immediately, I can hear the drive spinning.

Connected to the same macbook pro to which the drive had, two weeks earlier been connected, and mounted. Except now the drive does not mount

Power is on. I can hear the drive spin But now the drive does not mount. Disk Utility sees the drive but it does not mount. Mac asks me if I want to reformat the drive as it is unrecognizable. Drive Genius and Disk Recovery see the drive but can find no files.

What might have happened? Did damage occur by putting in an enclosure? I have put numerous hard drives in enclosures and never had this problem.I know I pushed in the cables tightly and assume that the drive would not power nor the drive be seen if IDE ribbon cable and power line were not properly fastened. I am puzzled. Anything I can do? would like to save these folks' files.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Macbook Pro Putting Files From External HDD In The Trash Bin?

Jul 2, 2012

I just got my new macbook pro today , and when I plugged in my toshiba portable external HDD, the computer put every (or what appears to be every) file in the trash bin. Strangely, the files are still on the HDD and the files disappear when I eject it. I reconnected the hard drive multiple times and the problem still persists. I cannot find one logical explanation as to why this is happening.

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.4), 2.9ghz, 128gb SSD, 8gb RAM

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MacBook :: Can Delete The Things On My Desktop After Putting Them On My External Hard Drive

Oct 31, 2009

I know this is an elementary question, but I do not want to delete all of my pictures, music, etc after I put them on my external hard drive and come to find out that I can never get them back.

Will someone please reassure me that once they are transferred, they are still accessible if needed?

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Software :: Hard Drive Space - Putting Music On Portable External Disk?

Apr 20, 2009

I have a 15' macbook pro 250 gb HD 2 gb mem. And in the activity monitor it is showing space utilized 228.53 gb and free space at 4.04 gb? And I have only had the laptop for less than 2 years now, Is this normal? Is there a way to erase items so I have alot more free space? I also have an portable external hard 320 gb I use to back up my hard drive. Will this save my music and important items so I can erase items (music, etc.) off of hard drive? then when i need those items just plug the portable hard drive in? I really need my music for I am a DJ.

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MacBook Air :: Is There An External Case For Hdd

Feb 24, 2009

I have a second 1.8 hdd disk and would like to use it as an external device.. does anybody know where and what i have to buy?

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Software :: External Superdrive Isn't Burning?

Oct 29, 2007

I have an external Superdrive that isn't burning. It will spin it's wheels for hours on end and make me a new coaster. I returned it to the place of purchase, a business I have dealt with on good terms for years. They tested it, gave me a call and said it was burning files just fine on their computer.
But it isn't on mine. The computer recognizes that the drive is there and that it is capable of burning DVD and CD.

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PowerPC :: Finding External Case For G4 Mac Mini HDD?

Jul 21, 2008

If I want to take the hard drive from my defunct G4 Mac Mini and put it in an external enclosure, will this work?

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OS X :: Change External HDD From HFS+ Case Sensitive To HFS+ Normal

Mar 10, 2010

Is it possible that I change my external HDD format from HFS+ case sensitive to HFS+ normal(not case sensitive)?

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MacBook Pro :: External HDD Dock Options - Internal HDD For External Use

Jul 16, 2009

A few months ago I bought the NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive adapter. I was going to purchase my first laptop and knew there would be drives I could take from my G4. This was my first real experience with USB 2.0 and boy do I hate it. I do mostly video editing and I very regularly transfer huge amounts of data from drive to drive. USB 2.0 waaaaay too slow compared to what I was used to. Hours to transfer 40Gbs. I now regret not getting a FireWire enclosure.How does everyone feel about those HDD docks that take SATA drives? To me it seems very economical. I understand a smaller bus powered drive would be good for travel because a dock or larger drive needs a power source.

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Hardware :: Assembling External SuperDrive And Enclosure

Mar 27, 2008

I have just received a Firewire enclosure for a SuperDrive I bought months ago from the same company, Other World Computing. I was told that they would work together, but now that I'm assembling it, I find that the tiny holes on the drive (very near the edge of the drive, and only two on each side of the top, not the many more that the enclosure seems to indicate should be there. In addition, the holes in the drive and the ones in the enclosure don't match up. The enclosure also is very long for the drive, even allowing for room to attach the ribbon cable and other cables inside. I have now spoken with three different people at OWC, and nobody knows why this is or how to work out the problem, except to offer me another, less desirable enclosure that they assure me will fit the drive. (I didn't mention that the drive is an older model and that they no longer carry it.)

Well, I was assured that the one they have already sent me was just fine for my drive, so you can 't blame me for being a bit wary of the assurances for the other enclosure. The drive fits very snugly in the enclosure and doesn't seem to shift around. If I replaced a metal piece around the front of the drive that I took off to make it fit more flush with the front of the enclosure, it would be an even tighter fit. It wouldn't look as nice, but it could be done. My question is I whether I can dispense with putting in those screws, which are meant to secure the drive within the case and keep it from shifting around. (The screws meant to attach the back panel of the enclosure, the one with the internal cables, and the holes in the enclosure will fit together fine, because they are both part of the same thing.)

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MacBook Pro :: It Won't Recognize External Apple SuperDrive?

Jun 6, 2012

The external SuperDrive works great with my MacBook Air, but MBP does not recognize the hardware at all.  Have tried all USB ports, have confirmed good connections.

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Mac Mini :: External Superdrive Does Not Swallow Discs

Jun 16, 2012

I have just brought back an external superdrive to my local Apple Store because it wouldn't physically swallow any disc. So I got a new one and back home ... same problem. I plugged it to my mac mini, my MacBook Pro, my 1st portable PC, my tower pc ... nothing.I made sure the second time that I didn't plug it to the same mac first (in case I had a faulty USB port which could destroy the superdrive).Plus it ejects CDs and DVDs fine if I insert one 3/4 into it. So the mechanism is working, but no matter what I do, it won't swallow any disc.

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PowerPC :: Accessing IBook Drive In External Case

Jun 9, 2007

So a friends girlfriend tossed, as in threw, her older ibook g4. You ask why? Well she was mad at it so she punched the screen and it cracked, so she gave it a quick toss because the screen cracked. So I get to be the one to try to salvage the harddrive. I have the ibook torn apart, my macbook, a macmini and an external usb IDE harddrive enclosure at my disposal.

So I tried to target it through my macbook by holding down T and booting up the ibook. Hard drive clicks and spins, but nothing mounts on my macbook. So I bought an external USB for the ibook harddrive. My macbook won't see it when connected. So does this mean a bad drive? Do the older drives have to be connected by firewire?

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Hardware :: Momentus 5400.2 HDD Replacement - External HD Case

Aug 7, 2008

I seem to be having trouble with the new HD that seagate sent me when I returned my old HD under warranty.I got back a 60gb Momentus 5400.2 back from seagate that I use in an external HD case. I formated the HD as Mac OSX journaled but whenever I try to copy anything onto it it just freezes my whole finder. Is this HD not compatible with my mac? I have a 12 inch 1ghz pBook.

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Hardware :: Old Ultra ATA Drives - Insert In An External Case?

Aug 22, 2009

Quick background. My old g4 DP 1 ghz died. I now have a new 24" iMac. The old G4 has three internal drives - all ATA. Though I backed up everything and am okay with that, the old machine will not start up (constant kernal panics and other issues). I have a few old external FW drives. What I am wondering is this - can I install any of these internal drives into one of my old external drives? Can I buy just a "case" of an external drive and do this?

Why? Well, one, just for fun. Two, I don't want to dispose of this computer with nearly 1 TB of my data including taxes, quicken, email... you name it.

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MacBook Air :: Install Boot Camp Without External Superdrive?

Feb 21, 2008

I think this has been talked before but I can't find any good answers.

I'm trying to install Windows XP Professional (limited space, otherwise I'd use vista.. boo @ vista. haha) as a boot camp partition. Problem, I didn't fork out the $99 external superdrive. The good news, I did borrow a external DVD drive from my friend. I plug it in, it boots, but it gets a blue screen saying "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_DEVICE" or something along that line. Ok, no luck there.

I tried using the Parallels method. I created an ISO image, booted from it, installed XP into the Boot Camp Partition through Parallels, but once the transfer's finished, it tries to boot off the Hard Drive and it just hangs. (Total install isn't even completed.)

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