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OWC Mercury

8X 12.7mm Internal DVD/CD Writer
For iMac Intel and all iMac G5 models

Mac / PC / DVD Multi Recorder / Rewritable
  • Mac
  • PC
  • DVD Multi Recorder
  • Blu-Ray
 
Do you have an Apple iMac Intel or G5 system with CD Burning capability, but DVD Read only? Or, do you already have a Superdrive, but would like to burn Faster? This is the ticket - and it supports the new 8.5GB Dual Layer Burning technology too!

The new OWC optical Internal is compatible with Apple iMac Intel 2006, 2007, and Early 2008 Models or all iMac G5 17" and 20" systems.
This Optical Drive Solution Includes:
  • OWC Mercury Internal DVD/CD Writer
  • OWC Installation manual for iMac Intel or iMac G5 Optical Drive installation.
OWC Note: Installation requires removal of existing Optical Drive bracket. Model specific installation instructions included with optical drive. Check out our installation videos for assistance!

For iMac G5 systems, professional installation is highly recommended. If you would like professional installation, OWC offers that service too. Please contact us for more information.

OWC Mercury Super-Multidrive Specs:

General

Drive Type
Internal DVD/CD Writer
Form Factor
12.7mm Laptop
Interface
EIDE/ATAPI
Loading Mechanism
Slot
Bezel Color
No Bezel
Buffer Memory
2MB
Mounting Orientation
Horizontal / Vertical
Manufacturer Model Number
AD-5670A
RoHS Compliant
Yes

Performance

Supported Formats
DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, CD-Audio, Video-CD, Photo CD, CD-I(FMV), CD-Extra, CD-TEXT

Capacity

Data Capacity
8.5GB : DVD General Use Double Layer
4.7GB : DVD General Use
700MB : 79 minute CD
650MB : 74 minute CD
550MB : 63 minute CD

Disk Labeling

Disc Labeling
No

Physical

Height (max)
12.7mm (0.50")
Width (max)
128.0mm (5.04")
Length (max)
129.0mm (5.08")
Weight (typical)
0.23kg (0.5lbs.)

Maximum Read Speeds

DVD-R
8X
DVD+R
8X
DVD-R (Dual Layer)
8X
DVD+R (Dual Layer)
8X
DVD-RW
8X
DVD+RW
8X
DVD-ROM
8X
DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)
8X
CD-ROM
24X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
24X

Maximum Write Speeds

DVD-R
8X
DVD+R
8X
DVD-R DL
4X
DVD+R DL
4X
DVD-RW
6X
DVD+RW
8X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
16X

Reliability

Environment

Operating Temperature
5° C to 50° C
Non-Operating Temperature
-30° C to 60° C
Operating Humidity
15% to 90% R.H.
Non-Operating Humidity
5% to 95 % R.H.
OWC Notes:

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later is highly recommended! At this time, there is no native support for this drive when using earlier versions of Mac OS X. Patching this drive for support under earlier versions of Mac OS X is possible using Christian Moller's PatchBurn Software.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n OWCMIMACSD8XDLA

Includes

  • OWC Mercury Internal DVD/CD Writer
  • OWC Installation manual for iMac Intel or iMac G5 Optical Drive installation.
This Optical Drive is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
iMac Intel
iMac (24-inch Mid 2007)
(August, 2007)
Model ID: iMac7,1
2.4GHz, 2.8GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (24-inch Late 2006)
(September, 2006)
Model ID: iMac6,1
2.16GHz, 2.33GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (24-inch Early 2008)
(April, 2008)
Model ID: iMac8,1
2.8GHz, 3.06GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (20-inch Early 2008)
(April, 2008)
Model ID: iMac8,1
2.4GHz, 2.66GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (20-inch Mid 2007)
(August, 2007)
Model ID: iMac7,1
2.0GHz, 2.4GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (20-inch Late 2006)
(September, 2006)
Model ID: iMac5,1
2.16GHz, 2.33GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (20-inch Early 2006)
(January, 2006)
Model ID: iMac4,1
2.0GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (17-inch Late 2006)
(September, 2006)
Model ID: iMac5,2
1.83GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (17-inch Late 2006)
(September, 2006)
Model ID: iMac5,1
2.0GHz, 2.16GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (17-inch Mid 2006)
(July, 2006)
Model ID: iMac4,2
1.83Hz
iMac Intel
iMac (17-inch Early 2006)
(January, 2006)
Model ID: iMac4,1
1.83GHz
iMac G5
iMac G5 (20-inch iSight)
(October, 2005)
Model ID: PowerMac12,1
2.1GHz
iMac G5
iMac G5 (20-inch Ambient Light Sensor)
(May, 2005)
Model ID: PowerMac8,2
2.0GHz
iMac G5
iMac G5 (20-inch)
(August, 2004)
Model ID: PowerMac8,1
1.8GHz
iMac G5
iMac G5 (17-inch iSight)
(October, 2005)
Model ID: PowerMac12,1
1.9GHz
iMac G5
iMac G5 (17-inch Ambient Light Sensor)
(May, 2005)
Model ID: PowerMac8,2
1.8GHz, 2.0GHz
iMac G5
iMac G5 (17-inch)
(August, 2004)
Model ID: PowerMac8,1
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz

Software

Dragon Burn Blu-ray/DVD/CD Authoring Software for Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Dragon Burn enables Macintosh computer users to quickly and easily begin producing audio, data, mixed-mode CDs, DVDs, and BDs (Blu-ray Discs). Dragon Burn's Multi-Burning engine allows users to simultaneously write multiple CDs, DVDs, and BDs from single or multiple sorces. It also fully supports the newest internal and external drives. View detailed software info
Prosoft Macworld 4.5 mice
Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3 for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
Backup Made Easy. Data Backup makes it easy to backup to FireWire and USB drives, network drives, CDs and even DVDs. Make schedules so you don't need to 'think' about backing up... It does it for you.
A $59.00 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase software separately from solution
Novastor
NovaStor NovaBACKUP® Solution for Windows®
NovaBACKUP has been helping millions of users recover from data loss and disasters for over 18 years. Feature rich, NovaBACKUP provides a powerful backup solution. Built-in support for hundreds of the most popular storage devices and a step-by-step backup and restore wizard makes NovaBACKUP extremely easy to use. Requires Windows 2000 or later.
A $49.95 Value! View detailed software info

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.9 / 5 11 out of 11 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: OldBowler Location: Glendora, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Had My Doubts September 8, 2017 I have an 08 iMac and the optical drive died. The installation videos for the G5 went up to 07 then picked up at 09. Called OWC and was told to follow the 09 installation video. Took 2 attempts but that was my fault because I didn't have drive in property. DVD goes in a lot further before catching and being taken in by the drive. Over all It's in and works well.

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Kuko Location: Calgary Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 iMac G5 20" June 19, 2017 Works perfectly fine easy change, A+

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Missingarnold Location: Pau France Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Service AGAIN! November 9, 2016 Used this company before for a hard drive and it was the obvious choice when I needed a need "floppy drive" (showing my age)

Product delivered on time Needed some help finding installation instructions and their customer support was more than helpful (especially Jay S)

If I needed more parts for my very old Mac, these are the people

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: GeekGal Location: SoCal Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Terrific replacement for my 2006 iMac Optical Drive October 7, 2016 My dear workhorse, the 2006 20" iMac, lost the optical drive on the mac side, but the bootcamp Windows side still would read/write. I know the iMac has long since been replaced by newer models, but there are still older programs I need to run that this baby supports, and I NEEDED that optical drive. Bought this one here at MacSales, followed very good instructions I saved off iFixit to disassemble my iMac (this is the 3rd time I've needed to do this to replace components, always successfully), and the drive is working like a dream! Cost was exceptional, shipping prompt and so far the quality is great! I am one happy camper, and so is the iMac!! It has not been relegated to e-waste! Thanks!!

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Oroville CA. Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Worked April 4, 2016 Fairly easy install performs well no issues

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Florida Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 iMac Repair November 8, 2015 While installing a new SSD in my 2007 iMac I decided to replace the erratic CD/DVD unit. This one went in with ease and works perfectly.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cleveland, Ohio Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Exact replacement for old drive October 1, 2015 Optical drive arrived in less then four days, it was an exact replacement, online video was perfect. I installed this drive in less then 30 minutes and it is working perfectly.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: St. Charles, Illinois Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Product. May 4, 2015 The DVD player was a very good replacement for a broken DVD on my student's iMac.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Oklahoma City Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 feelin' the burn again June 5, 2014 Internal iMac superdrive died, messed about with external drives, decided to take the plunge and replace the internal with this drive from OWC. Tutorial video was very clear. Working cautiously it took less than an hour to open a 7 year old iMac, blow out huge amounts of dust, swap the drives, and button it all back up. About The Mac reports the drive is an Apple shipping drive. Cool.

The video missed one thing I encountered in my mid-2007 20" iMac: the SATA cable connector is held in place with two Torx 6 screws. No problems dealing with that. The video was unclear about if the inverter cables pairing is critical, so I used a Sharpie marker to put identifying dots on the connectors so I would be able to match them during reassembly. It lit up on reboot, so the extra step might have been worth it.

Also, since it's right there in front of you, I recommend replacing the motherboard battery (CR2032) while you're in there. In my case, it was 7 years old. Seemed like a good thing to do.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 18-24 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Good as new December 28, 2013 Installed this into an Early 2008 iMac who's optical drive was having issues. It would read DVD's fine, but simply eject CD's. My guess is one of the lasers had gone out or gotten dirty somehow. Replaced it with this (Used the guide here and on iFixit) and it's back up and running. Reads CD and DVD just fine now. However it is a bit nosier than the stock drive was during start up and when a disk is in it, but it works and that is what matters to me. The drive received was a Sony Optiarc drive replacing a Matshita one, some modification to the caddy was necessary, but easily done.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Riverdog Location: Skokie, IL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works as it should! February 23, 2012 I needed a replacement optical drive for my 2005 17" iMac G5, PowerMac8,2. I found this drive at OWC, and confirmed it was the correct one using Live Chat Support. OWC was extremely helpful. The install was easy with the directions provided.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

OWC Mercury 8X 12.7mm Internal DVD/CD Writer Mfr P/N: OWCMIMACSD8XDLA OWC SKU: OWCMIMACSD8XDLA For iMac Intel or all iMac G5 models 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $79.95OWC Price $29.00
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