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Introduction

Internal prerequisite.

  1. Remove the strip of tape covering the optical drive cable connector.
    • Remove the strip of tape covering the optical drive cable connector.

  2. Gently pull the cable retainer on the optical drive cable ZIF socket toward the right side of the iMac. The retainer should move about 1 mm and stop. Do not attempt to remove the retainer.
    • Gently pull the cable retainer on the optical drive cable ZIF socket toward the right side of the iMac.

    • The retainer should move about 1 mm and stop. Do not attempt to remove the retainer.

  3. Pull the optical drive ribbon cable out of its socket, being careful not to rip it in the process.
    • Pull the optical drive ribbon cable out of its socket, being careful not to rip it in the process.

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  5. Pull the optical drive thermal sensor connector toward the right side of the iMac to disconnect it from the logic board.
    • Pull the optical drive thermal sensor connector toward the right side of the iMac to disconnect it from the logic board.

  6. Peel off the strip of EMI tape attaching the right side of the optical drive to the rear case.
    • Peel off the strip of EMI tape attaching the right side of the optical drive to the rear case.

  7. Push down on the optical drive bracket retaining clip while pulling the top edge of the optical drive away from the rear case.
    • Push down on the optical drive bracket retaining clip while pulling the top edge of the optical drive away from the rear case.

  8. Rotate the optical drive slightly toward the bottom edge of the iMac while pulling it away from the rear case to release the lower retaining clip. Pull the optical drive away from the right side of the rear case and remove it from the iMac.
    • Rotate the optical drive slightly toward the bottom edge of the iMac while pulling it away from the rear case to release the lower retaining clip.

    • Pull the optical drive away from the right side of the rear case and remove it from the iMac.

Conclusion

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

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