Installing MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Optical Drive Replacement
Replace the optical drive on your Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
MacBook Pro not reading CDs? Use this guide to replace a burned-out optical drive.
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- Lower Case 2 steps
- Battery Connector 2 steps
- Optical Drive 6 steps
- Optical Drive Cable 1 step
- Optical Drive Replacement 1 step
For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.
Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.
It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.
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