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My DVD-drive needs replacing. Is this possible on a Mac?

Hello! I have an iMac and the DVD/CD drive is playing up. It invariably doesn't recognise an inserted disc, particularly blank/homemade discs, and throws them out after having had a noisy think-about -it. Is it possible to put in a replacement drive on an Apple as you would with a PC? Thanks for your time! Phill from London

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    Martin Buck May 11, 2010

    Yes it is possible to replace the drive. The procedure is different depending on which iMac you have. If you can tell me which one you have, I'll let you know the procedure.

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Yes, Just check your apple drive to see what it is set to primary or slave and replace as same. www.xlr8yourmac.com has great resources to check drive compatibility.

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Yes you can however for me to help you i need to know more information.
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