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What optical drive can I replace this with?

I have a Mac Mini Model A1176. The optical drive is dead (can't read, ejects, dust choked?).

I want to get a replacement optical drive.

What can I use?

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Just about any 12.7 mm ATA/IDE/PATA drive will work. So before you spend the bucks decide what capabilities will meet your needs. Here's one that iFixit has: 12.7 mm PATA 8x SuperDrive (UJ-85J)

Here are some that will work:

661-3887 24x combo

661-3888 4x super drive

661-4442 24x combo

661-4421 8x super drive

Just do a web search.

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Thanks Mayer. This is very helpful. The reference to the UJ-85J specifically references the A1176 Minis.

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