Mmmmaybe. It really depends on which iMac it is.
Though... hmm... the lampshade iMac does use a standard ATAPI optical drive. I replaced one for a coworker last year.How about $8 plus $6 shipping
? Only downside is it'll only write to DVD+R/+RW media, not DVD-R/-RW media. It can read either, plus DVD-ROM and CD-R/-RW/-ROMs. Even if there's some international/customs charges involved how much can they be on something this small? You'd know better than I would, but last time I got something from Canada that was under $20 the customs charges were only $4 or so. Admittedly that was a long time ago...
@MB, et al:
Latest problem of yesterday; so I've had this optical drive running long enough to burn a few DVD+ . . . I got a box of RWs, and I wanted to erase a couple of them to prepare to burn newer images, so, same machine burned them and now, the "erase" button was greyed out. In "Get info" it says "read only" . . . on a RW disk . . . . Over on my MBPro, which now likely no longer can write DVDs, I put the disk in and running in 10.6.8 & then in 10.9.4??? I was able to erase the disks . . . . Then, back in PM Sawtooth I was able to burn the .dmg files and eventually boot one of them in the PM.
But, any thoughts as to why the optical drive is burning DVDs, but then can't erase them? In Disk Utility there doesn't seem to be any place to select options on burning, except for speed . . . . Is this because the mother ship doesn't recognize the alien optical drive, so it makes everything "read only" for safety? Or, erasing has nothing to do with "read only"?? Seems like if the optical drive was able to burn the DVDs it should be able to erase the same ones, no?