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OWC Mercury

8X 12.7mm Internal DVD/CD Writer
For all Mac mini models
(G4 and Intel Models 2006-2007)

Mac / PC / DVD Multi Recorder / Rewritable
 
Do you have an Apple Mac mini? Drive not working right? Or, do you already have a Super-MultiDrive, 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 Mercury Super-MultiDrive Internal is compatible with all Mac mini models (G4 and Intel Models 2006-2007).
This Optical Drive Solution Includes:
  • OWC Mercury Internal DVD/CD Writer
  • OWC Installation manual for Mac Mini Optical Drive installation.
OWC Note: Although this is an Apple Rom/OEM optical drive, due to limitations of these in the Intel-based compatible Mac mini models, booting from this optical drive requires choosing the drive as the startup disk under system preferences, then restarting machine. Further note, this does not in any way impact read or write capabilities of this drive.

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

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.)

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

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 Panasonic p/n OWCMMINISL8XDLA UPC#: 812437022940

Includes

  • OWC Mercury Internal DVD/CD Writer
  • OWC Installation manual for Mac Mini Optical Drive installation.
This Optical Drive is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Mid 2007)
(August, 2007)
Model ID: Macmini2,1
1.83GHz, 2.0GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2006)
(September, 2006)
Model ID: Macmini1,1
1.66GHz, 1.83GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Early 2006)
(February, 2006)
Model ID: Macmini1,1
1.5GHz, 1.66GHz

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Wyatt Location: Goto-shi, Japan Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Top notch, very silent DVD drive April 3, 2012 I've had nothing but bum DVD drives from Apple in the past. My stock drive in my Intel CoreDuo Mini was no different and never very good from day one. It was noisy, it'd spit out discs left, right, front and center and when it didn't spit them out it would still have a dang hard time reading them while spinning up and down and making a racket. Finally, after slowly getting worse for years it basically became blind and could no longer read any disc that I fed it.

When I read from OWC's site that this was the same stock drive that Apple uses, I was VERY hesitant as all the stock drives from Apple in the past for me were at best bad and I heavily debated just buying a new mac and not waste time and money by getting a new drive shipped to Japan then installing it to only have it confirm my fears.

Enter the new drive from OWC. I watched their video on-line on how to pop my Mini open. (I had to buy a putty knife and I couldn't find my computer screw driver set so I used a bobby pin and a pair of pliers to get enough torque on the bobby pin to loosen the screws.) It took about 45 minutes of mucking about but I got the job done (bobby pins are not only good for holding up hair, opening locks and handcuffs, but apparently on minis, too).

The moment of truth arrived and I popped in the Snow Leopard install disc as my old drive had refused to read it and I was forever stuck with Tiger. It read the disc no problem and had no problem booting from the disc although the odd time you'd hear the drive trying to find various sectors. 30 minutes later and Snow Leopard was installed. I was very happy. The next day some CDs arrived in the mail and it ripped them fast and very, very quietly.

I have nothing but praise for this drive (the one I received was a Sony) and I HIGHLY recommend it to others. In addition, it is just about the quietest drive I've ever heard. Barring the odd seek, and when popping discs in and out, you can't hardly hear it unless you really listen for it. 10/10

I would recommend this item to a friend!

OWC Mercury 8X 12.7mm Internal DVD/CD Writer Mfr P/N: OWCMMINISL8XDLA OWC SKU: OWCMMINISL8XDLA For all Mac mini models (G4 and Intel Models 2006-2007) 1 Year OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day only $47.99
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