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Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement

Replace a broken optical drive cable to restore optical drive functionality.

Replace the optical drive cable if the connector is broken or the ribbon cable itself is damaged.

Step 1 Optical Drive Cable  ¶ 

Slightly lift the small plastic strip spanning the width of the optical drive.

Step 1 Optical Drive Cable  ¶ 

  • Slightly lift the small plastic strip spanning the width of the optical drive.

  • Carefully de-route the free end of the optical drive connector out from under the optical drive bracket.

Step 2  ¶ 

Peel the optical drive cable off the body of the optical drive.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Peel the optical drive cable off the body of the optical drive.

Step 3  ¶ 

Remove the optical drive cable by pulling its connector away from the body of the optical drive.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the optical drive cable by pulling its connector away from the body of the optical drive.