The new MCE 8X DVD±R/RW "SuperDrive" upgrade with both Double Layer AND Dual Layer Support for the iMac G5 allows iMac owners to author professional-quality DVDs as well as create, store, and share their collections of videos, music and photography. Plus, the fast, highly reliable drives are compatible with most computer and set-top DVD video players and other DVD burners – so video and data DVDs created using these drives can be shared with business associates, friends, and family. Starting at just $99.

MCE Technologies was the first company in the world to engineer a SuperDrive upgrade for the Apple iMac. We continue this heritage with the MCE 8X Internal SuperDrive Upgrade with both Double Layer and Dual Layer support... easily the most technically advanced optical drive ever created for the iMac G5. Recording at 8X to both DVD-R and DVD+R media and at 4X to BOTH DVD+R DL (Double Layer) and DVD-R DL (Dual Layer), enabling you to record up to 8.5GB of data on a single side of either a Double Layer OR Dual Layer DVD, this drive eclipses every other iMac G5 optical drive on the market today. With Tiger (Mac OS 10.4), you can record to 8.5GB Double Layer discs natively... by dragging and dropping right in the Finder! In addition, the MCE 8X Internal SuperDrive Upgrade with Dual/Double Layer Support is the ONLY iMac G5 drive available today to support the new Double Layer Recording feature in iDVD 5! (iDVD 5.0.1 & Tiger required). No other iMac G5 optical drive supports this feature!

The additional storage capacity of the DVD+R Double Layer disc enables you to record up to 4 hours of DVD-quality video or 16 hours of VHS-quality video, without the need to turn over the disc. You can now archive up to 8.5GB of computer files on a single disc, which almost doubles the storage capacity compared with the 4.7GB for the single-layer DVD-recordable discs currently available.

The MCE 8X Internal SuperDrive Upgrade is a dual drive and records to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media. It also reads and writes standard CD-R/RW media and integrates seamlessly with all of Apple's iApps including iTunes, iDVD, iPhoto, and Finder Burning.

Install it yourself following the instructions in the illustrated installation guide we include or, if you prefer, you may have the MCE 8x SuperDrive upgrade professionally installed into your Power Mac G4 Cube for you at one of our worldwide Authorized Upgrade Centers.


  • 8X DVD-R and 8X DVD+R recorder
  • 4X DVD+R DL Double Layer recorder
  • 4X DVD+R DL Dual Layer recorder
  • 6X DVD-RW and 8X DVD+RW recorder
  • 24X CD-R and 24X CD-RW recorder
  • Convenient slot-loading mechanism
  • 2MB Cache Buffer
  • Buffer underrun protection
  • Bootable
  • Compatible with iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, iTunes, iPhoto, Disc Burner and Apple DVD Player

A Sophisticated, Elegant Upgrade for a Sophisticated, Elegant Computer

The New MCE 8X Internal SuperDrive Upgrade is packed with more features and advances than any other drive on the market today. Double/Dual Layer support, 8X recording to DVD-R and DVD+R media, native Mac OS support, iLife compatibility, etc... All these features in such a compact, elegant package...

Double/Dual Layer Technology

The Double/Dual Layer DVD±R system uses two thin embedded organic dye films for data storage separated by a spacer layer (see figure). Heating with a focused laser beam irreversibly modifies the physical and chemical structure of each layer such that the modified areas have different optical properties to those of their unmodified surroundings. This causes a variation in reflectivity as the disc rotates to provide a read-out signal as with commercially pressed read-only discs. Did you get all that?? It just means that there are two recording layers inside the DVD instead of just one... two layers means twice the recording capacity! Now wasn't that easier?

On-Board Liquid Crystal Tilt/Thickness Compensator

Not every disc is created equal. The MCE 8X SuperDrive Upgrade for the iMac G5 implements an on-board liquid crystal tilt/thickness compensator... the first time ever in a portable form factor. This cutting edge technology provides accurate, reliable read and write performance with a variety of disc characteristics, even with irregularly curved or thick / thin media. This technology is also effective in recording DVD±R DL double/dual layer media.

CD CD-R 700(type 80), 650MB(type 74), CD-RW, Ultraspeed CD-RW, Highspeed CD-RW
Read Support
CD CD-ROM(Mode 1&2), CD-ROM XA, CD-DA, Video CD, PhotoCD, CD EXTRA, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW
Write Speed
DVD-R 8x
DVD+R 8x
CD-R 24x
CD-RW 24x
Read Speed
DVD Max 8x CAV
CD-ROM Max 24x CAV
Data Buffer (size) 2 MBytes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 128mm x 12.7mm x 129mm
Weight 180g

Supported Media:
DVD-R (Version 2.0 for General), 4X-Speed DVD-R, 8X-Speed DVD-R
DVD-RW (Version 1.0, 1.1, 1.2), 2X-Speed DVD-RW, 4X-Speed DVD-RW, 6X-Speed DVD-RW
DVD+R, 4X-Speed DVD+R, 8X-Speed DVD+R,
DVD+RW,4X-Speed DVD+RW, 8X-Speed DVD+RW
CD-R, Ultra-Speed+ CD-RW, Multi-Speed CD-RW, High-Speed CD-RW, Ultra-Speed CD-RW
Media is manufactured with different levels of quality. Please note this product does not guarantee writing at write speeds specified on media.
System Requirements:
p/n IMACG5DVDR8DL-A: iMac G5 running Mac OS 10.2, Mac OS 10.3, or Mac OS 10.4 (or later)

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