Introduction

This guide details how to replace a failed GD-ROM drive with a new working drive.

Be sure to replace the GD-ROM with one corresponding to your model number. Refer to the Top Cover Disassembly Guide for instructions on where to find your model number.

Problem with this guide: The photos incorrectly show the power supply has been removed.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/2: '''Flip the console''' over on its back. Image 2/2: '''Take note of your model number''', in case replacement parts are needed.
  • Verify that the console is disconnected from the AC outlet before you begin.

  • Flip the console over on its back.

  • Take note of your model number, in case replacement parts are needed.

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  • Remove the expansion bay by applying pressure to the small clip on the expansion bay while prying it away from the console.

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Image 1/1: The fourth screw is hidden under the expansion bay if it has not already been removed.
  • Locate and remove all four black 12mm Phillips #02 screws from the underside of the console.

  • The fourth screw is hidden under the expansion bay if it has not already been removed.

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Image 1/1: '''Flip the console topside up.'''
  • Be careful that the internal components do not topple out.

  • Flip the console topside up.

  • Remove the top cover of the chassis by gently lifting the upper portion of the console.

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  • Detach the orange cable by giving it a gentle pull while wiggling the cable back and forth until it loosens from the logic board.

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  • Detach the cables by gently pulling the three GD-ROM cables to remove them from the logic board.

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Image 1/2: The console is rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise in the first photo. The second photo depicts the normal position. Image 2/2: The console is rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise in the first photo. The second photo depicts the normal position.
  • Remove the two black 12mm Philips #02 screws located on the left side of the GD-ROM bracket.

  • The console is rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise in the first photo. The second photo depicts the normal position.

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Image 1/2: '''Remove the GD-ROM''' by gently lifting it from its base. Image 2/2: '''Remove the GD-ROM''' by gently lifting it from its base.
  • When lifting the GD-ROM, be careful that the top half of the casing does not detached from its base.

  • Remove the GD-ROM by gently lifting it from its base.

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  • Replace the bad GD-ROM drive with a functional one.

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  • Secure the new GD-ROM drive to the console with the Philips #2 screws.

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Image 1/3: '''Connect the GD-ROM data ribbon''' to the logic board. Image 2/3: '''Connect the GD-ROM data ribbon''' to the logic board. Image 3/3: '''Connect the GD-ROM data ribbon''' to the logic board.
  • Connect the three GD-ROM cables to the logic board.

  • Connect the GD-ROM data ribbon to the logic board.

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If only it was that simple Sega screwed U.K gamers over with the fact we have to buy totally new consoles due to the wires of the disk drive being soldered in rather than clipped in.

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