A bit puzzled abouf the iMac second edition IDE...

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Hello All,

I would like to put a sony slot loading CDR in a second edition iMac. Is this possible?

Will it line up?

Is the IDE different?

I look forward to your answers!

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T

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no

the imac takes LATOP type cd drives, if its normal ide it will not work or fit. try googling "imac cd replacement" and seeing what comes up as other companies made replacement ones(even dvd burners)

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I thought it was just the rev

I thought it was just the rev a-d that used laptop drives

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Re: I thought it was just the rev

martakz wrote:

I thought it was just the rev a-d that used laptop drives

Technically, the drive in the slot-loading iMacs isn't a laptop drive, either. It's strange pseudo-proprietary Apple thing, the same form factor used in the Cube. The data connector is the same as used in laptop drives, but the chassis is substantially larger. Some of the third-party replacement drives for those systems *are* normal laptop drives, but they comee stuffed into a bracket which adjusts the form factor appropriately.

A normal desktop-size drive definately won't fit.

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iMac Drives

Check http://www.baucomcomputers.com/ They have replacement drives for the slot loading iMacs.

iMac CD-RW drive, Apple pull, (internal, slot-loading, for 350Mhz-500Mhz iMacs). . .$225

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Ok. I know that the iMac has

Ok. I know that the iMac has one ide channel and can thus only suport 2 internal drives. Can anyone tell me, if there are 2 apple ide connectors on the mobo ( one for cd and one for harddrive) or just one with a 2 way apple ide cable?

I really need the info..

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Re: Ok. I know that the iMac has

martakz wrote:

Ok. I know that the iMac has one ide channel and can thus only suport 2 internal drives. Can anyone tell me, if there are 2 apple ide connectors on the mobo ( one for cd and one for harddrive) or just one with a 2 way apple ide cable?

There's a single 50 pin connector on the motherboard. The first 40 pins are "normal IDE", the last 10 are the power and audio leads for the CD-ROM drive. Plugged into it is a wacky cable which carries 50 pins to the CD-ROM drive, narrows to 40 pins at that connector, and continues on to the HD.

Proprietaryriffic!

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