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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Optical Drive Replacement

Prerequisite Only

Prerequisite Only

Please note that this guide is only a prerequisite for other guides.

Optical Drive replacement.

Optical Drive replacement.

Step 1 Optical Drive  ¶ 

Disconnect the camera cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

Step 1 Optical Drive  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the camera cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

  • Do not lift up on the cable as you disconnect it from the logic board. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

Step 2  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth connector up from its socket on the logic board.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth connector up from its socket on the logic board.

Step 3  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive connector up from its socket on the logic board.

Step 3  ¶ 

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

Step 4  ¶ 

Remove following two screws: Take care, as these screws are unusually easy to strip. Apply firm pressure while unscrewing. Read comments before proceeding.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove following two screws:

  • Take care, as these screws are unusually easy to strip. Apply firm pressure while unscrewing. Read comments before proceeding.

  • One 8.6 mm Phillips screw

  • One 3.9 mm Phillips screw

  • Carefully rotate the AirPort/Bluetooth board housing (with AirPort/Antenna cables still attached) out of the lower case.

Step 5  ¶ 

Remove the three 3.5 mm T6 Torx screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 3.5 mm T6 Torx screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

Step 6  ¶ 

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

Step 6  ¶ 

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