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iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266 Optical Drive Replacement

Replace the optical drive in your iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266.

DVD writer not writing? Get back in business and replace your optical drive.

Step 1 Optical Drive  ¶ 

Remove the piece of foam tape covering the optical drive thermal sensor.

Step 1 Optical Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the piece of foam tape covering the optical drive thermal sensor.

Step 2  ¶ 

To remove the optical drive thermal sensor, use the tip of a spudger to lift the center finger of the thermal sensor bracket while applying slight tension to the thermal sensor cable.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • To remove the optical drive thermal sensor, use the tip of a spudger to lift the center finger of the thermal sensor bracket while applying slight tension to the thermal sensor cable.

  • If the thermal sensor is stuck to the optical drive, skip to the next step.

Step 3  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive thermal sensor bracket up off the adhesive securing it to the optical drive.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive thermal sensor bracket up off the adhesive securing it to the optical drive.

  • If the adhesive gets dirty or will not stick to your new optical drive, place some double-sided tape under the two semicircular ears of the thermal sensor bracket.

Step 4  ¶ 

Use a spudger to remove the small piece of EMI foam from the bottom of the optical drive.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to remove the small piece of EMI foam from the bottom of the optical drive.

  • Don't forget to transfer this to your new drive.

Step 5  ¶ 

Peel the EMI tape off the optical drive.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Peel the EMI tape off the optical drive.

  • Don't forget to transfer this to your new optical drive.

Step 6  ¶ 

Remove the two T10 Torx screws from both sides of the optical drive (four screws total). Remove the two T10 Torx screws from both sides of the optical drive (four screws total).

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the two T10 Torx screws from both sides of the optical drive (four screws total).

Step 7  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to press each of the optical drive bracket tabs out of their slots on the bottom of the optical drive.

Step 7  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to press each of the optical drive bracket tabs out of their slots on the bottom of the optical drive.

Step 8  ¶ 

Rotate the optical drive bracket slightly away from the optical drive. Pull the optical drive bracket away from the open end of the optical drive, minding any tabs that may get caught.

Step 8  ¶ 

  • Rotate the optical drive bracket slightly away from the optical drive.

  • Pull the optical drive bracket away from the open end of the optical drive, minding any tabs that may get caught.

  • If you have a disk or anything else stuck inside your optical drive, we have a guide to fix it.