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
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- Lower Case 2 steps
- Battery Connector 2 steps
- Optical Drive 6 steps
- Optical Drive Cable 1 step
- Optical Drive 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.
Remove following two screws:
Take care, as these screws are unusually easy to strip. Apply firm pressure while unscrewing. Read comments on the right before proceeding.
One 8.6 mm Phillips screw
One 3.9 mm Phillips screw
Carefully rotate the AirPort/Bluetooth board housing (with AirPort/Antenna cables still attached) out of the lower case.
Pull the optical drive cable out of the optical drive.
Be sure to pull by the edges of the connector, not by 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.