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The Mac Pro First Generation is an Intel Xeon-based workstation computer manufactured by Apple Inc. The first generation model includes the machines from 2006 through 2008.

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How do I replace the lower optical drive on a MacPro?

I would like to learn how to replace the lower optical drive in my 2007 MacPro computer. There is a power supply behind the optical drives. Additionally there is a metal bracket with square/retangular cutout in front between the door and the optical drive. I don't want to start pulling without specific knowledge to avoid damaging components (ask if you don't know with electronics rule). I have seen some demos for the older PowerMacs but the configuration of the parts is clearly different. Can you advise me.

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For some reason they do not have the picture of a MacPro. AnyWay: The drive is easy to put in. When you get your IDE optical 5.25 drive, you will take the drive door off the drive. Then you shutdown and open your MacPro side door. Make sure the door lock on the back is fully up. Pull the optical bay try outwards. It should slide right out. You can tilt it to remove the cables on the top drive and then pull it the rest of the way out. Install the lower drive you prepared and fasten in with the screws mounted on the drive mount. If none use the screws that came with drive. Place the drive tray back near the opening and attach the cables, including power. Slide the tray back in until it seats. Put the side panel back on and lock the latch in back. Boot up. There will be a new item on your menu bar to the left that you can use to eject the top and bottom tray.

If you need to load software for the new drive it is better loaded before you start the install. Piece of Cake.

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Thank you for your detailed answer. The reminder to remove the door while on before removing the drive was particularly helpful.



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