MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Cable Replacement
Replace a damaged optical drive cable on your Late 2011 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody.
- Author: Matt Wiens
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace the short optical drive ribbon cable connecting the optical drive to the logic board.
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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.
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.