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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem, use our service manual.

  1. The outside of the drive.
    • The outside of the drive.

  2. Flip the drive over and remove the 4 Phillips screws underneath.
    • Flip the drive over and remove the 4 Phillips screws underneath.

  3. Slide it towards the cable at back.
    • Slide it towards the cable at back.

  4. Pull away from the board, not up Pull away from the board, not up
    • Pull away from the board, not up

  5. Pull away from the board, not up Pull away from the board, not up
    • Pull away from the board, not up

  6. First. remove the C retaining clip by gently pushing the sides away from the connector with your thumbs, then pull the cable away from the board, not up First. remove the C retaining clip by gently pushing the sides away from the connector with your thumbs, then pull the cable away from the board, not up First. remove the C retaining clip by gently pushing the sides away from the connector with your thumbs, then pull the cable away from the board, not up
    • First. remove the C retaining clip by gently pushing the sides away from the connector with your thumbs, then pull the cable away from the board, not up

  7. Remove the 2 Phillips screws Next, gently remove the board from the drive, minding the cable running beneath Next, gently remove the board from the drive, minding the cable running beneath
    • Remove the 2 Phillips screws

    • Next, gently remove the board from the drive, minding the cable running beneath

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    • Insert wisdom here.

  9. Remove 2 Phillips screws holding in the sensor pictured Remove 2 Phillips screws holding in the sensor pictured Remove 2 Phillips screws holding in the sensor pictured
    • Remove 2 Phillips screws holding in the sensor pictured

  10. Remove the grey cable from its retaining clip Remove the grey cable from its retaining clip
    • Remove the grey cable from its retaining clip

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  12. All screws pictured All screws pictured All screws pictured
    • All screws pictured

  13. As pictured, remove tray once screws are gone
    • As pictured, remove tray once screws are gone

  14. In addition to tray, lift out other components as pictured
    • In addition to tray, lift out other components as pictured

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    • Insert wisdom here.

  16. 8 total, from sides and bottom 8 total, from sides and bottom 8 total, from sides and bottom
    • 8 total, from sides and bottom

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    • Insert wisdom here.

  18. As pictured, then remove all freed components As pictured, then remove all freed components
    • As pictured, then remove all freed components

  19. Disconnect cables from black connector so motor and other components can be removed from chassis Disconnect cables from black connector so motor and other components can be removed from chassis
    • Disconnect cables from black connector so motor and other components can be removed from chassis

  20. Remove side rails by pulling up gently. Each rail has two plastic poles that sit in the body. In this attempt, each rail lost a pole that snapped off. Poles seemed to be glued down Remove side rails by pulling up gently. Each rail has two plastic poles that sit in the body. In this attempt, each rail lost a pole that snapped off. Poles seemed to be glued down
    • Remove side rails by pulling up gently. Each rail has two plastic poles that sit in the body. In this attempt, each rail lost a pole that snapped off. Poles seemed to be glued down

  21. Because the side screws were previously removed, the black front of the drive can come off. Our drive's LED was tested and worked, but was faint. Feel free to test yours first. If working, skip the next step Our LED was removed from the front case by removing the pictured ring with the help of a flathead screwdriver. Take your time so the front of the case isn't damaged and nothing besides the ring comes off
    • Because the side screws were previously removed, the black front of the drive can come off. Our drive's LED was tested and worked, but was faint. Feel free to test yours first. If working, skip the next step

    • Our LED was removed from the front case by removing the pictured ring with the help of a flathead screwdriver. Take your time so the front of the case isn't damaged and nothing besides the ring comes off

  22. Use pliers to remove the remaining components (see previous step)
    • Use pliers to remove the remaining components (see previous step)

  23. With the case stripped and a new LED purchased, the fun begins! The only major changes to the case are outlined in rectangles. The metal chassis was milled down to match the height of the bottom of the disk entry area on the black front plate. This lined up well with our Apple SuperDrive (pulled from a MacBook Pro)
    • With the case stripped and a new LED purchased, the fun begins!

    • The only major changes to the case are outlined in rectangles. The metal chassis was milled down to match the height of the bottom of the disk entry area on the black front plate. This lined up well with our Apple SuperDrive (pulled from a MacBook Pro)

    • The wood block was added for support underneath the SuperDrive

    • The rails fit nicely around the SuperDrive when re-installed

    • A new LED was purchased and soldered to the LED connector from a 2.5" USB to SATA board, and then inserted snugly into the front of the case (may not be necessary if your LED lights up well)

  24. With LED cabled routed, and 2.5" hard drive placed in cavity underneath With LED cabled routed, and 2.5" hard drive placed in cavity underneath With LED cabled routed, and 2.5" hard drive placed in cavity underneath
    • With LED cabled routed, and 2.5" hard drive placed in cavity underneath

  25. Dremeled into the back plate for USB cables to route through
    • Dremeled into the back plate for USB cables to route through

  26. Picture 1: optical drive installed into body Picture 2: SATA to USB cable for optical drive (plug and play on macOS. A right angle cable was purchased but a straight cable would be preferable due to the amount of space at the back, as pictured) Picture 3: hole to thread SATA to USB cable through for 2.5" hard drive
    • Picture 1: optical drive installed into body

    • Picture 2: SATA to USB cable for optical drive (plug and play on macOS. A right angle cable was purchased but a straight cable would be preferable due to the amount of space at the back, as pictured)

    • Picture 3: hole to thread SATA to USB cable through for 2.5" hard drive

  27. The original 'latch' slides out easily without the original components, so it was left out
    • The original 'latch' slides out easily without the original components, so it was left out

  28. Run out of case to 4-port USB adaptor (possible to install inside case if a hole could be cut out) Run out of case to 4-port USB adaptor (possible to install inside case if a hole could be cut out)
    • Run out of case to 4-port USB adaptor (possible to install inside case if a hole could be cut out)

  29. Flashes on SATA data read from hard drive
    • Flashes on SATA data read from hard drive

  30. With the drive connected to a Mac over USB (hub is enough to power both OD and SATA drive over one cable) we can insert and eject DVDs with ease!
    • With the drive connected to a Mac over USB (hub is enough to power both OD and SATA drive over one cable) we can insert and eject DVDs with ease!

  31. To re-assemble, replace all body Phillips screws
    • To re-assemble, replace all body Phillips screws

    • Enjoy your vintage look with up to date tech!

Jon

Member since: 07/16/2014

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that is so freaking cool!

spencer norcross - Reply

Thanks! Hope others try it.

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