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  • New Blu-ray Drive

    Posted on July 30th, 2010 badmotivator No comments

    Skip this post if you don’t care about Mac Pro hardware upgrades.

    I just successfully installed a LITE-ON 4x Blu-ray Disc SATA Internal Optical Drive iHOS104, priced $65 on Amazon, and installed it in my early-2008 Mac Pro.

    The Mac Pro has connectors for PATA in the optical drive bay. I tried a SATA to PATA/IDE Hard Drive Interface Adapter, and then used the existing connectors in the optical drive bay, but the Mac Pro did not see the drive. Next I tried connecting the drive to a vacant SATA port on the motherboard, which required a significant amount of dis- and re-assembly of the inside of the computer, using the included red SATA cable. A longer, right-angle SATA cable would have facilitated this operation. I used a SATA Power Cable 4-pin Molex to 15-pin SerialATA adapter, price $1.31 plus shipping through Amazon, to power the drive from the existing unused power source in the optical drive bay. This part was easy.

    On boot the computer sees the drive and reads the data from the included Blu-ray disc.

    I have not yet ripped any movies.

    If you are the owner of a 2008 Mac Pro and would like more information about how to do this, email me at ben at this domain.