MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement
Replace a broken optical drive in your Late 2011 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody.
- Author: Phillip Takahashi
- Time required: 30 to 45 minutes
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace a broken optical drive.
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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. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.
Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.
Though not recommended by iFixit staff, some users opt to omit this step completely. For information on this, see the step comments.
Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling it upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.
Pull the optical drive cable away from the optical drive.
Be sure to pull on the connector, not the cable itself.
Remove the two black Phillips #0 screws securing the small metal mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to your new optical drive or hard drive enclosure.