Can any slot-load, small form factor, internal SATA DVD-RW be used?
I am more used to PC repairs, where I usually get to choose the best possible part out of several contenders.
I am always fearful of Apples, not just because of their poor design and parts choices, but because of their pension for senselessly rendering peripherals incompatible (remember the notched USB connector and ADC (Apple Display Connector)?).
Can I purchase a new optical drive of my choice and expect it to work in my friends A1278 MacBook, or will we be spending time in RMA ^#!&? In general are the lateish OS Mac builds amicable to generic SATA drives?
Because of a rapid release schedule and indifference to the user base, I must define lateish in accordance with the OSes I see in real use, that is 10.4-7. I realize that there may be different answers for the different OS builds, since they do vary rather radically (and without warning) in some instances.
Is this a good question?