Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Internal IDE Replacement DVD-R/CD-R Drives Completely Removed From The Marketplace

It looks like new internal IDE replacement DVD-RW/CD-RW drives have been completely removed from the marketplace. Now, the only internal DVD-RW/CD-RW drives that OWC sells, that have IDE compatibility, is the Internal Blu-ray/DVD/CD Writer and it will cost me $87 instead of $25.
Refurbished Blu-ray Players, for home theater, are now as affordable as cheap DVD players and an internal optical drive replacement on my 2007 Mac Pro will force me to get a DVD/CD/Writer that also reads and writes with Blu-ray disks.
It looks like the Blu-ray transition is coming full-circle.
If you have a 2009-2010 Mac Pro, there are still plenty of new SATA DVD-RW/CD-RW drives in the $25 range. 
Just the 2006-2008 Mac Pros have few optical drive options because of the antiquated IDE interface in the optical drive bays.
My 2007 Mac Pro is starting to look old because it is. ;-)
Addendum: Larry from OWC, sent me this email note and URL:
This kit:
gets you Blu-Ray Reader + DVDRW/DL CDRW multi for $55 if you don't need to write Blu-Ray.