MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Optical Drive Replacement
Replace a burned-out optical drive on your MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace your MacBook Pro's optical drive. The Bluetooth board and optical drive cable are not included with a new optical drive.
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Whenever working near the logic board, it is always wise to first disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits.
If present, grab the plastic tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the device.
If the plastic tab is missing, use a spudger to pry the connector up from its socket.
Pull the tab parallel to the face of the logic board.
Before disconnecting the camera cable, a small plastic retainer stuck to the logic board must first be moved out of the way.
Use the tip of a spudger to push the small plastic cable retainer away from the camera cable socket for enough clearance to remove the camera cable.
Grab the optical drive cable by its connector and pull it away from the body of the hard drive.
Pulling on anything but the connector may damage the optical drive cable.
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.