Optical Combo Drive Variation
I want to replace the Optical drive in my 1.83 duo Core Macbook 1,1 machine. I understand it to be a APAPI Matshita CD-RW CW-8221 drive. But when I look it up for replacements I see CW-8221-A and CW-8221-C drives. Are these compatible?
Any number of drives will work for you. What's important is the 9.5 mm height. I even use drives out of the iMac G5 machines because they are plentiful. There are variations in speed and DVD write abilities. Here's some that iFixit sells:
MacBook/MacBook Pro 15" 6x SuperDrive
MacBook/MacBook Pro 15" 8x SuperDrive
MacBook 8x SuperDrive (Used)
Combo drives and Superdrives are significantly different. You'll often see Combo drives referred to as DVD/CD-RW drives in the Windows world; that's to tell you that it can only read one format, but can read and write the other. Superdrives are usually DVD-R or DVD-RW drives in conventional terminology.
DVD-RW/CD-RW internal drive / 8x DVD read, 24x CD read, 8x DVD-R write, 8x DVD+R write, 4x DVD-RW write, 24x CD-R write, 24x CD-RW write — 50+ available at 74.95 each.
DVD-RW/CD-RW internal drive / 8x DVD read, 24x CD read, 8x DVD-R write, 8x DVD+R write, 4x DVD-RW write, 24x CD-R write, 10x CD-RW write — 4 available at 199.95 each.