Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the SuperDrive from your laptop (requires a SATA SuperDrive).

Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook.
  • Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook.

According to this page http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1651?viewl..., the 8 screws are not identical.

Can anybody tell me where each kind of screw is supposed to go?

Gregoire - Reply

They are all 100% Identical. You were probably looking at a different model, or Apple has entered the wrong information... Hey, It happens...

weeowey weeowey -

The screws on the Late 2009 are identical. The blue lock compound might make tightening some require a little more effort.

svenaustx - Reply

Can I replace it with a SATA 3 cable?

nm - Reply

A1342 macbook does not have the right controller to support sata III

weeowey weeowey -

hi, i just got back from the apple store and they are really keen for me to upgrade to a new laptop since my battery is old and the screen is cracked, so glad i found ifixit i would love to upgrade this puppy! gonna make it a real sleeper! styler hall wrote about sticking 16 gb of ram in his a 1342 ? is this a simply mather of ordering 3 4gb sticks ?aslo i currently have 4 gb and would like to upgrade to 8 ( or indeed 16) does that mean i need to buy all new sticks or can i continue to use the old one and stick a new one next to it ?

thanks again mick van aar, perth western aus.

michelvanaar - Reply

The A1342 will take up to 16 GB of RAM, however, there are only two RAM slots, so use two 8-GB RAM modules. Other World Computing (OWC) is a great reference source for info on exactly which RAM to use with which model; prices are usually much better on EBay though. Add an SSD from OWC and your machine will really scream!

I hope that helps!

gdesbrisay -

The lower case is constructed of rubber-coated aluminum. Do not excessively bend the aluminum during removal, as any permanent deformation will cause tolerance issues after reassembly. Slightly lift the lower case near the vent opening. Continue running your fingers between the lower and upper cases until the upper case pops off its retaining clips.
  • The lower case is constructed of rubber-coated aluminum. Do not excessively bend the aluminum during removal, as any permanent deformation will cause tolerance issues after reassembly.

  • Slightly lift the lower case near the vent opening.

  • Continue running your fingers between the lower and upper cases until the upper case pops off its retaining clips.

  • The location of these three clips is shown in the third picture.

Do the retaining clips have to be re-engaged when replacing the lower case?

John Morley - Reply

Answering my own question, the clips re-engage when the lower case is correctly positioned. You can help them by gently pressing the lower case with your thumbs midway along the two short sides. When everything is correctly aligned the eight screw holes line up.

John Morley -

For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.
  • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • It may be easier to use your fingernails to lift up on both sides of the connector.

you do not need to remove the battery when replacing the hard drive or ram

brilldoctor - Reply

beware not to lift the connector to close of the angle, as the picture suggest it. It might broke the angle. Attack by the middle.

naamol - Reply

Not necessary?

hikkymemo - Reply

Be careful of the corner of the battery cable connector when trying to pry it off with the spudge. I knocked the corner of mine. No operational impact but was not very pleasing!

jljordanweb - Reply

Not necessary, but a good idea, so as to avoid any spurious charges going through the boards...

svenaustx - Reply

@Svenaustx - What could happen if not removing this battery? Worst case? Not a geek on this but did change RAM on my Macbook Pro "15. Can't remember disconneting the battery back then. Shouldn't it be sufficient shutting the Mac off and ensure it has been used for an hour or so before replacing RAM?

Allan Clarke -

Remove the following screws from the optical drive side of the rear vent:
  • Remove the following screws from the optical drive side of the rear vent:

    • Two 10 mm T8 Torx

    • Two 5.2 mm Phillips

Hi, i have an issue with the screw in the middle: it is blocked and the top is now damaged... Any suggestion?

Corrado - Reply

I have a problem with the two middle screws

Harlan Shannon - Reply

same here...

rekidjinwoo - Reply

Remove the following screws from the port side of rear vent:
  • Remove the following screws from the port side of rear vent:

    • Two 10 mm T8 Torx

    • Two 5.2 mm Phillips

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Carefully lift the rear vent out of the upper case.
  • Carefully lift the rear vent out of the upper case.

you can actually stop disassembling now and try to replace it now. after removing two t6 screws it came off pretty easily

grze - Reply

Good tip, thanks! I skipped ahead to step 17 and had no problem getting the magsafe board out from under the logic board and the new one installed. Saves a lot of work disconnecting connectors indicated as Fragile!

matt15 -

Thank You! Saved me an hour or so of work and a lot of stress!

15sweyandt -

I also did Step 6, then skipped to Step 17 & 18. Once I had the display data cable off, I could remove the 2 T6 Torx screws holding the MagSafe board on and remove it. You can reach under the logic board with the point of the spudger to work the cable out of the socket. Note how you maneuver the board out of the tight space so you can maneuver it back in. When you put the new MagSafe board in, plug in the cable first. If you bend the wires so the plug approaches the socket at the appropriate angle, you can nudge it in with the pointed end of the spudger.

hpendleton -

Thanks a lot for this hint! You saved my macbook, when I failed to unscrew the fan because of one completely destroyed screw. Thanks to your comment I skipped steps 7-16 and went straight to replacing the magsafe board without problems. The spudger and some 3D imagination and done,

Sebastian M -

Remove the single 12 mm Phillips screw securing the top of the rear speaker housing to the upper case.
  • Remove the single 12 mm Phillips screw securing the top of the rear speaker housing to the upper case.

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Remove the single 2.2 mm Phillips screw inserted horizontally into the side of the optical drive.
  • Remove the single 2.2 mm Phillips screw inserted horizontally into the side of the optical drive.

Finding this screw wasn't easy

Leonardo Echeverria - Reply

Where did you find that Screwdriver?

jesusalbaregidor - Reply

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up off the logic board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up off the logic board.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the rear speaker connector up off the logic board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the rear speaker connector up off the logic board.

  • Pry up underneath the wires.

  • This connector is very delicate and easily broken.

Step 10. If you are having difficulty with the small connector, insert something thin and long underneath it (preferably not metal, as you can scratch the motherboard that way). There is some space under it that you can use to get it loose.

Remember, the amount of force required to loosen it is very small. Take a break if necessary if you are getting frustrated.

Stephen Eilert - Reply

I would recommend not removing this as part of this step. You can easily slide the drive under the speaker wire -- just lift it from the side with two screws carefully.

Matt Mastracci - Reply

i just broke the connector! Be very carefully here. Needed to sold the speaker cabels then...

rafa74 - Reply

I broke it, obviously... I tried to put it back; it seems to be solid enought, but the speaker now sounds really bad(low and noisy-undefined). Any ideas on how to fix it?

gl84 - Reply

Same here. I broke it too, tried to glue it back and have sound, luckily, but very bad quality. THIS STEP IS UNNECESSARY!

Jens Lubbadeh - Reply

This step has been very badly explained. I too have now broken my speaker connection. As others have said, you're just trying to lift the cable up NOT "PRY THE SPEAKER CONNECTOR UP OFF THE LOGIC BOARD" as instructed here! Doing this will break the soldered connection to the board. Now I need to take it to a professional for a solder repair.

Nick - Reply

Hi There, broke the connector.

I could not remove the cable even with the broken off connector.

Soldered it back on, low wattage and very little tin needed.

When putting the drive back in, I found that the loudspeaker cable could easily fit under the drive holder.

So, in future in case of problems with the drive, no more broken off connectors..

vos474 - Reply

Do not try to remove that connector ! It is too much fragile. As other users did, I broke it … And I don’t know if it will be possible to repair it.

Jean-Pierre Giovanni - Reply

Carefully rotate the rear speaker assembly (with AirPort/Antenna cables still attached) out of the lower case.
  • Carefully rotate the rear speaker assembly (with AirPort/Antenna cables still attached) out of the lower case.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive connector up off the logic board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive connector up off the logic board.

The connector broke while removing it... be careful

Leonardo Echeverria - Reply

Remove the single 4.5 mm Phillips screw securing the optical drive bracket to the upper case near the fan.
  • Remove the single 4.5 mm Phillips screw securing the optical drive bracket to the upper case near the fan.

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Remove the two 2.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case near the optical drive opening.
  • Remove the two 2.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case near the optical drive opening.

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Lift the optical drive near its connector and pull it away from the upper case to remove it from the computer.
  • Lift the optical drive near its connector and pull it away from the upper case to remove it from the computer.

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Pull the optical drive cable connector away from the body of the optical drive.
  • Pull the optical drive cable connector away from the body of the optical drive.

Don't forget to put this connector on the new enclosure!

Gregoire - Reply

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.
  • 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.

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Conclusion

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

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Step 16, check that your new drive has the optical drive bracket from step 13. If not, transfer the optical drive bracket from step 13 to your new drive.

aliautaud - Reply

Step 4-5 There is a screw in the center of the bar that looks like it might not be a hold down. It is. Be sure to remove it along with the other screws at each end of the bar per step 4 & 5 instructions.

Steven Keplinger - Reply

Step 4-5

There is a screw in the center of the bar that must be removed, in addition to the screws noted in the instructions for step 4 and step 5. It looks like the bar might go over the screw. It doesn't. The center screw holds the bar down. Remove it.

Steven Keplinger - Reply

FYI, I replaced the drive and tried to cut a corner by not replacing the screw in step 8. This was a big mistake as it vibrated horribly even when level and still. Once I replaced the screw, the vibration was almost non-existent.

Nate - Reply

Could I remove the drive completely and still use the computer?

skully557 - Reply

Yes. You can replace it with another optical drive, replace it with an adapter containing a hard disk or leave the space empty if you wish. Obviously you would lose functionality but you would save a little weight.

John Morley -

hi,

i just removed the drive put of my 2009 MacBook pro, physically bought drives are the same except for the bracket so i did changed that one, but the plugs going into the drive are the same but the connector to the board are different so i used the cable that belongs to my a1342 . after starting up the computer i can insert and eject discs, they spin around but i still can't burn or play anything, can you perhaps tell me what to do, can i expect the same if i replace the dive with a drive from a a1342 ?thanks,mick

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