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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. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, The case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • The outside of the drive.

  2. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Outside screws: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Flip the drive over and remove the 4 Phillips screws underneath.

  3. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove the outer case: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Slide it towards the cable at back.

  4. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Disconnect cables: step 4, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Disconnect cables: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Pull away from the board, not up

  5. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Disconnect cables: step 5, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Disconnect cables: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Pull away from the board, not up

  6. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Disconnect cables: step 6, image 1 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Disconnect cables: step 6, image 2 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Disconnect cables: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • 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. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Circuit board removal: step 7, image 1 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Circuit board removal: step 7, image 2 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Circuit board removal: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the 2 Phillips screws

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

  8. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, View of the remaining part and removed board: step 8, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, View of the remaining part and removed board: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Insert wisdom here.

  9. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Sensor removal: step 9, image 1 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Sensor removal: step 9, image 2 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Sensor removal: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Remove 2 Phillips screws holding in the sensor pictured

  10. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Cable removal: step 10, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Cable removal: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the grey cable from its retaining clip

  11. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove screws: step 11, image 1 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove screws: step 11, image 2 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove screws: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • All screws pictured

  12. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove silver tray: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • As pictured, remove tray once screws are gone

  13. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Tray and other components: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • In addition to tray, lift out other components as pictured

  14. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remaining components: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Insert wisdom here.

  15. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove screws: step 15, image 1 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove screws: step 15, image 2 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove screws: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • 8 total, from sides and bottom

  16. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove bottom of case: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Insert wisdom here.

  17. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove screws: step 17, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Remove screws: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • As pictured, then remove all freed components

  18. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Motor Removal: step 18, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Motor Removal: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect cables from black connector so motor and other components can be removed from chassis

  19. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Side rail removal: step 19, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Side rail removal: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • 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

  20. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, LED removal: step 20, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, LED removal: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • 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

  21. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Final removals: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Use pliers to remove the remaining components (see previous step)

  22. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Adding new components: step 22, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Adding new components: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • 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)

  23. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Detail shots: step 23, image 1 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Detail shots: step 23, image 2 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Detail shots: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • With LED cabled routed, and 2.5" hard drive placed in cavity underneath

  24. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Further case modification: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Dremeled into the back plate for USB cables to route through

  25. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Installing SuperDrive: step 25, image 1 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Installing SuperDrive: step 25, image 2 of 3 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Installing SuperDrive: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • 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

  26. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, New front: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • The original 'latch' slides out easily without the original components, so it was left out

  27. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Cables: step 27, image 1 of 2 Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Cables: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Run out of case to 4-port USB adaptor (possible to install inside case if a hole could be cut out)

  28. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, New LED: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Flashes on SATA data read from hard drive

  29. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, SuperDrive: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • 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!

  30. Apple Disk II Floppy Disk Subsystem Teardown and Optical Drive Conversion, Final shot: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • 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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8 Comments

that is so freaking cool!

spencer norcross - Reply

Thanks! Hope others try it.

Jon -

OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO AMAZINNNNGGG!!! Thanks for making the guide! Now I just need to get an Apple Disk II haha, amazing.

Moses Buckwalter - Reply

Acquired! Can’t wait!

Moses Buckwalter -

I don’t have that device yet , where can I buy it? , and does it support USB 2.0? , and how does it get electricity for the engine?

Insert PlayZ - Reply

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