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Difference between optical drives in iFixit-Store?

A1286 2.66GHz 15" Unibody MacBook Pro (MB985LL-A)

Hi there,

my optical drive died over the last months - after reading discussions on several forums about cleaning the lens, I tried that, but now it rejects every disc (regardless whether CD-ROM or DVD) so I'm going to exchange it.

As it seems that the original Matshita UJ-868 isn't available anymore, I try to get a replacement here. Within the iFixit store, I found two drives which seem to fit:

Unibody Post-Early 2009 8x SATA SuperDrive


MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 to Mid 2012 8x SATA SuperDrive (Used)

both warning that they have different screw holes and/or a different connector.

Now the question: Are they both suitable for above-mentioned MacBook Pro?

Best regards & TIA from Germany,


MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 to Mid 2012 8x SATA SuperDrive (Used) Image


MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 to Mid 2012 8x SATA SuperDrive (Used)


Unibody Post-Early 2009 8x SATA SuperDrive Image


Unibody Post-Early 2009 8x SATA SuperDrive


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If I am correct, this is your machine:

Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.66 15" Mid-2010 Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2010 15" - MC373LL/A - MacBookPro6,2 - A1286 - 2353*

It's still under warranty, why not let Apple fix it for free?

You can contact them here:

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Thanks for your answer.

The computer is actually a 1,66 GHz Core2Duo MacBook Pro 5,3 from Mid-2009 and not Mid-2010. While entering that question, I already noticed that iFixit's model codes seem to be somewhat inconsistent...

As the computer is nearly 2 years old, there's of course no warranty left and despite the fact that there's a huge number of drives dying, I guess Apple won't set up an extended guarantee programm. :-(


This one?

Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 15" (SD) Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2009 15" - MB985LL/A - MacBookPro5,3 - A1286 - 2325*


Go with a Apple part number 661-5147. Here's a bunch of them:



Many thanks and have a nice sunday!

Best regards from Germany,



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