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Introduction

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.

  1. Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

  2. Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the two clips holding the lower case to the upper case. During reassembly, carefully align the lower case and then press it firmly until both clips engage.
    • Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the two clips holding the lower case to the upper case.

    • During reassembly, carefully align the lower case and then press it firmly until both clips engage.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. 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.  For Late-2011 models the battery connector will not have a tab and is simply a plug that inserts straight down into the motherboard--to remove pry the plug straight up. If the plastic tab is missing, use a spudger to pry the connector up from its socket.
    • 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. For Late-2011 models the battery connector will not have a tab and is simply a plug that inserts straight down into the motherboard--to remove pry the plug straight up.

    • 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.

  4. Before disconnecting the camera cable, a small plastic retainer stuck to the logic board must first be moved out of the way.
    • 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.

  5. Pull the camera cable toward the optical drive opening to disconnect it from the logic board.
    • Pull the camera cable toward the optical drive opening to disconnect it from the logic board.

    • The camera cable socket is very fragile. Do not apply any upward force to this socket, as it may break off the logic board. Pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

    • For Late 2011 models, the camera connector plugs straight down into the motherboard—to remove this connector, gently lift it straight up.

  6. Carefully pull the Bluetooth cable toward the fans to disconnect it from the Bluetooth board.
    • Carefully pull the Bluetooth cable toward the fans to disconnect it from the Bluetooth board.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the optical drive.

  7. Use the flat end of a spudger to peel the thin plastic cover off the top and sides of the Bluetooth board housing.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to peel the thin plastic cover off the top and sides of the Bluetooth board housing.

  8. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna connector up and off its socket on the Bluetooth board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna connector up and off its socket on the Bluetooth board.

  9. If present, remove the small piece of EMI foam near the Bluetooth board. De-route the camera cable from the slot molded into the Bluetooth board housing.
    • If present, remove the small piece of EMI foam near the Bluetooth board.

    • De-route the camera cable from the slot molded into the Bluetooth board housing.

  10. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  11. Remove the three 3.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.
    • Remove the three 3.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

    • To remove the screw closest to the battery, it may be helpful to use a T6 Torx screwdriver to first remove the upper case bracket directly above it.

  12. Remove the optical drive from the upper case, minding any cables that may get caught.
    • Remove the optical drive from the upper case, minding any cables that may get caught.

  13. 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.
    • 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.

  14. Remove the two 2.2 mm Phillips screws securing the Bluetooth board to the side of the optical drive.
    • Remove the two 2.2 mm Phillips screws securing the Bluetooth board to the side of the optical drive.

  15. Remove the Bluetooth board from the optical drive.
    • Remove the Bluetooth board from the optical drive.

    • Optical drive remains.

Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

Not sure which Unibody model is pictured, but my Late 2011 17” looks entirely different from this one.

retrotechpost - Reply

Great guide. Helped me to do it the first time without screwing anything else up in my Macbook Pro. Appreciate the hard work put into creating this site and hope it sticks around for a long time.

sardoggy - Reply

Andrew/iFixit Team,

Do you know of any third-party blu-ray player/burner that can be used to replace the standard DVD Burner/Player? Thanks so much for any advise? All the best. - emil

Communications Department - Reply

I have installed a Matshita UJ167AM DVDRW/BDROM which is a direct replacement.

Working fine with MacGo Bluray player.

Haven’t got around to a Bluray burner yet, I just wanted to play bluray.

Tim Jenkins -

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