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Drive Mechanism Replacement

I have a Pioneer DVR-S706 ext USB+FW DVD burner, and I want to replace the 3-yr old 8x Pioneer drive mechanism in the housing with a Samsung SH-S182M 18x dual-layer, lightscribe internal drive. Would this work with Mac OS X, that is, will the Samsung drive and lightscribe features show up properly in System Profiler and Toast 8? Thanks!

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  • bbstenor Aug 20, 2007

    Thanks for the response, but that's not exactly what I was asking. Mac OS X will not need drivers to work with this or almost any DVD writer. I am concerned that the OS might not "see" the new drive for what it is - an 18x, dual-layer, lightscribe drive, and still see it as a Pioneer 8x single-layer writer. That is, does the identification of the external drive take place at the drive mechanism level or at the IDE/ATAPI interface level? I know I'll have to download Mac lightscribe drivers to enable that feature, so that's not a big concern.

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To figure this out you must look and see if Samsung offers mac osx compatible drivers for this unit. Ther in lies your answer.

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