Mac mini Model A1347 Optical Drive Replacement
Replace your mini's super multi DVD rewriter.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Difficulty: Difficult
Use this guide to completely replace your optical drive. Replacing the logic board requires removal of the logic board along with most other components in your mini. Also, reattaching the thermal sensors may require rubber cement.
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To remove the logic board, two cylindrical rods must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red. Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may destroy the logic board.
Insert a Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure it makes contact with the outer case below the logic board before proceeding.
If you don't have a Logic Board Removal Tool handy, you can use two tools having a maximum diameter of 2.5 mm instead. Just insert one into each of the highlighted holes.
Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case.
Cease prying when the I/O board is visibly separated from the outer case. Remove the Mac Mini Logic Board Removal tool.
Carefully pry the optical drive thermal sensor off the adhesive securing it to the optical drive.
It may be necessary to use a strip of tape or rubber cement to attach the thermal sensor to your new optical drive.
If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.