Unibody 8x SATA SuperDrive (Pre-Mid 2009)

$169.95

Product code: IF160-022-2
Apple Part #: 661-5147

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Unibody 8x SATA SuperDrive (Pre-Mid 2009)

$169.95

Product code: IF160-022-2
Apple Part #: 661-5147

Product Overview

Mankind's early attempts at spinning amounted to sending fleets of feather-coated sailboats in opposite directions off the ends of the earth, in effort to tickle the resting turtle on whose back it rested. Delegate the dizziness to your MacBook today with our Unibody 8x SATA SuperDrive (Pre-Mid 2009).

Dual-layer SATA drive. Metal mounting bracket and orange ribbon cable not included.

Note: This optical drive has a different connector than previous Apple drives.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • All 13" Unibody MacBooks (Model A1278)
  • Late 2008 or Early 2009 Unibody 15" MacBook Pros
  • Early or Mid 2009 Unibody 17" MacBook Pros

Product Details

  • Speed: 8x DVD-R write
    4x DVD-RW write
    8x DVD+R write
    4x DVD+RW write
    4x DVD+R (DL) write
    24x CD-R write
    10x CD-RW write
    8x DVD read
    24x CD read

  $169.95 Used

 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Warranty:

One year warranty

50+ Available

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 17" Unibody

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Unibody Model A1278

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009
2.4 GHz (Late 2008)
2.53 GHz (Late 2008)
2.66 GHz (Early 2009)
2.8 GHz (Late 2008)
2.93 GHz (Early 2009)
MacBook Pro 17" Unibody
2.66 GHz (Early 2009)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.93 GHz (Early 2009)
3.06 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Unibody Model A1278
2 GHz (A1278)
2.4 GHz (A1278)
 

Stories

My Problem

Fan bearing started getting noisy and then fan started to be slow/intermittent causing overheat shutdown of the MacBook.

My Fix

Watched your video to see what I was in for. Seemed relatively straightforward. Opened up the case and got to the fan. 2 of the 3 Philips screws came out easy. One was REALLY torqued down. I used several bits from my iFixit 56 bit set. Even broke off a corner from one of the very small flat blade bits - had to grind it down back to flat afterwards to repair the bit. Finally found the right combination of Philips bits to unscrew the final screw. Fan came out easily. Your video forewarned me to be careful with popping out the connector. New fan and connector went in easy. Case went back together and all is well with the world. New fan works great. Quiet, smooth, no thermal problems. Laptop is as good as new. Thanks.

My Advice

Have multiple tools (i.e. not just one Philips screwdriver.) Sometimes, that one tool just won't work, so have a second, third, etc. choice. Make sure you watch the video BEFORE you even get started.

My Problem

The old fan had worn out bearings which caused lots of noise and bad performance.

My Fix

The switch went well. Took about 30 minutes because the screws were stripped. The comments were very helpful.

My Advice

If the screws are stripped, take a similar size flat screwdriver and put at 45 degrees into the screw so the screwdrivers corner points into he screw, and give a slight tap from each four directions. Then take your Philips screwdriver and try to unscrew. This made it very easy for me.

My Problem

CPU temperatures had started to spike on my laptop (80C or higher) while doing mundane things at low percentages of CPU, and fan didn't spin up to cool the machine. Apple did diagnostics, said all was well. Temperature Gauge Pro detected a problem with fan, however, so I ordered a replacement to see if that would fix the problem.

My Fix

Great. Took about 20 minutes, fan works, temperature profile back to normal, laptop is happy again.

My Advice

You should use a #000 Phillips screwdriver, not #00. The screws are easy to strip, and #000 fits better, makes it easier to get tight screws loosened without stripping screws. And, if you stripped a screw with #00, you still might be able to get it out with #000. Also, make sure to pay attention to the shape of the 7 smaller screws in the bottom of the laptop. 4 of them have a larger diameter neck above the threads. Those go in the four holes along the bottom of the case (the edge opposite the hinge, where you open the laptop).

My Problem

Loud noises prompted me to take my Macbook Pro to the Genius Bar. They wanted to keep it for 3+ days to replace the fan, at a pretty significant cost. I happen to be blessed with a very smart teenager who cut his teeth on taking Mac's apart. Quick order on iFixit, an even faster delivery, and voila!

My Fix

Simple simple simple. Took my son about 15 minutes start to finish. Great tutorial. I'm a first time ifixit customer, and you've got me for life. Thanks!

My Advice

Follow the tutorial exactly, and if you're at all hesitant, seek out a smart neighborhood teenager to do the job for you.

My Problem

battery only lasted about an hour fully charged, and it the whole computer would rapidly overheat.

My Fix

A bit scary. The battery went in without a hitch, but when removing the old fan, the socket ripped off of the circuit board. I ended up soldering the individual wires back on. Now it works great though! 5 hrs battery life and fan works much better.

My Advice

BE CAREFUL WHEN REMOVING THE FAN CONNECTOR!

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My Problem

The fan on my MacBook Pro was reaching its end. It was terrible noisy ! I was in the middle of a programming project for the iPhone and making video guide for the new software, when the fan of my computer broke down. I had to stop all recording (Big Blue Yeti mic, ScreenFlow recording...).

My Fix

The video guides from iFixit are excellent and their service is perfect! Now the new fan is in place in my Macbook Pro and I can again continue my work with the recordings - and - listen to radio and music (Madredeus from Portugal and Maxim from Russia, are my favorites!).

With iFixit video guides and a new fan from iFixit it went perfect ! It took about 5 minutes to repair.

My Advice

Shop at iFixit, their service- and products are fantastic! I bought two fans, so that I also have one extra for later use. The shipping and service are very fast - only 6 days to mid-Norway !

I recomend iFixit because of their great service-and products.

Camera tip: Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica D-Lux 6 are two fantastic compact cameras. I plan to buy one of them. Leica quality is the very best. Photo above is from Åfjord, Norway, made by a Nikon camera.

My Problem

The old fan had become noisy - bearings worn out probably. (After taking it out, I could see the blades spun crooked.)

My Fix

Pretty easy repair, only 3 internal screws. The connector is a little tricky since it's so small, you tend to think you're gonna break it. Go slowly around the edges and it'll come out.

My Advice

I'll second something someone else said about the new fan seeming much higher quality - spins much easier, though it seems to be exactly the same part. Could be just that the old one was, in fact, screwed up, and it once spun the way the new one does.

My Problem

My fan was making a god awful sound whenever my macbook would start heating up. This had been happening ever since an unfortunate crepe experience where I managed to spill lemon-sugar syrup into my keyboard.

My Fix

The repair was incredibly straight forward. It was a very minimal risk procedure.

My Advice

Be prepared for a lot of dust if you haven't opened up your macbook since purchasing.

My Problem

The blades on the original fan had broken and was making a lot of noise when it spun up.

My Fix

I've opened the computer many times before so the repair was a piece of cake. ~5 minutes in total.

My Advice

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My Problem

My old fan broke so i had to replace it.

My Fix

The repair was very easy, fan had only 3 screws and the spudger helped me to remove the cable. The tools i ordered were just as described and made for this task.

My Advice

New fan from ifixit is very good (low noise). Only downside was Estonian customs, i had to pay them extra 35$

Sorry for bad english.