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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a broken optical drive.

  1. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

    • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement, Battery Connection: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement, Battery Connection: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • 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. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

  4. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  5. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement, Optical Drive: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  6. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Though not recommended by iFixit staff, some users opt to omit this step completely. For information on this, see the step comments.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling it upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.

  7. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully move the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable out of the way as you peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the subwoofer and the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    • De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

  8. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the logic board up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

  9. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following five screws:

    • Two 10.3 mm Phillips screws

    • Two 3.1 mm Phillips screws

    • One 5 mm Phillips screw

  10. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the Subwoofer upward near the center of the side of the optical drive until they clear each other.

    • Move the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the subwoofer away from the top of the optical drive.

  11. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the right speaker/subwoofer cable out from under the retaining finger near the side of the optical drive.

    • Pull the right speaker/subwoofer cable upward to disconnect it from the logic board.

  12. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the hard drive cable away from the optical drive.

  13. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  14. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 2.7 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

  15. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the optical drive upward from its edge closest to the display and remove it from the upper case.

  16. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement, Optical Drive: step 16, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Optical Drive Replacement, Optical Drive: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the optical drive cable away from the optical drive.

    • Be sure to pull on the connector, not 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.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Phillip Takahashi

Member since: 08/22/2011

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Wow thanks.

I finally successfully installed caddy for extra hdd. Thanks ALLAH. and thank you guys.

I actually swapped my internal hdd with an ssd. And put hdd into caddy. And replaced caddy with this dvd drive.

After installing I realized I shouldn’t move my internal hdd to caddy. I could just put ssd into caddy. And make that my startup disk.

Anyways. It was a great experience with removing HDD and DVD Drive.

Muhammad Farooqi - Reply

I would NOT use the SSD in the caddy and have that be your startup disk. The optical drive uses PATA instead of SATA and is older transfer speed.

Joe - Reply

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