Just plugged in my new Pioneer BluRay player into the 2nd (lower) optical bay in my MacPro5,1, expecting some Mac plug ’ n ’ play simplicity…
Started the computer up, and first had to work out - how do you eject the 2nd drive! Option/Alt + Eject key. Ok. Except - it didn’t do anything. Further reading told me about the “eject” menu item - which WAS now present in my menubar, but it only listed the original top drive.
About this Mac / Report / Disc Burning / just sat and spun with no information, had to force quit.
Disk Utility was no better - had to force quit, and it wouldn’t load any drive info.
Terminal, when asked to list all optical drives, also went non responsive.
I have just opened the computer back up, disconnected both drives, then connected only the new drive, using the “top” cables - and it works fine. Computer can see it, and it is functioning.
So - why wouldn’t they work together?
I didn’t think that Macs bought into the drive Master/slave relationship crap, but a bit of googling suggested that this could be the issue??
The new drive has no jumpers visible. Haven’t looked on the old Apple Superdrive…
Ultimately it’s not a big concern - I am likely going to remove the old Superdrive as it sounds like a B52 bomber with emphysema… but my other option is to stick another hdd in there, so I’d still like to work the solution…
Cheers & thanks everyone - it’s really great having a place to come to with these issues.