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This guide will show you how to replace the SuperDrive from your laptop (requires a SATA SuperDrive).

  1. With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.
    • With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.

    • Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end. Lift the release latch until it is vertical.

    This is not a a1278 unibody MacBook Pro. A1278 MacBooks backs are one solid metal piece not two separate pieces. This guide is for a different MacBook Pro.

    Brad Burgeson - Antwoord

  2. The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

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    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

    • Grab the white plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.

    Great tutorial ! great step !

    Leo Etcheverry - Antwoord

    • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:

      • One 3 mm Phillips screw.

      • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

      • Four 3.5 mm Phillips screws.

    On my model, it seemed the top-left was 3.5mm and the bottom 4 were 3 mm.

    Jim - Antwoord

    Make sure you have a good quality Phillips screwdriver. Mine had removable tips and had a small play at the connection. As a result I didn't have a good feel and damaged my screws (those securing the fan and the top left in step 23). Game over for me installing new thermal paste...

    Be very carefull with your screws! Especially those on the inside.

    Nickolas Michelinakis - Antwoord

    You can get away with a Phillips #00 for many of the screws involved but the 4 at the bottom case split are likely to strip if you don’t use a JIS #00 or, in a pinch, a Phillips #000.

    Bill Cole - Antwoord

    • Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.

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    • Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the subwoofer connector straight up off the logic board.

    Me, too, broke the subwoofer connector from the motherboard. I'd suggest removing the padding first so that you can see what kind of connector it is, then pry it loose (insert spudger where the cables enter the connector).

    petterwolff - Antwoord

    DO NOT REMOVE THE SUBWOOFER CONNECTION. Step 6 IS NOT NESCESSARY.

    You can complete this guide without doing step 6 just BE CAREFUL as you already should be.

    kenneth rhem - Antwoord

    The subwoofer cable is NOT removable on some models, attempting to remove it, brakes it off the circuit board and them you are @@%#$$, like me. Thanks iFixit. Also it is not necessary to remove it to replace the optical drive.

    todd - Antwoord

    Oops, I followed Step-6 and my subwoofer connector came off from the motherboard!!! Please suggest me what needs to be done now?

    Srinivasan - Antwoord

    Happened the same to me ... step 6 is a @%#$$. You should put now a way to repair the damage done. I just have four small tin marks on the board ...

    stratorick - Antwoord

    Happened the same problem to me ... step 6 is a @%#$$**%%#. You should put now a way to repair the damage done. I just have four small tin marks on the board ... and looking to sky for help

    Badruddin Hisbani - Antwoord

    Just “4 small tin marks” is what the the motherboard half of the subwoofer connector looks like.

    Bill Cole - Antwoord

    There are two variants of this connector. In one, there are pins that come up from the motherboard and the connector can be pried directly up without damage.

    The other variant of the connector that everyone commenting here has is soldered to the motherboard. To repair this type, first pull off the small square of foam padding on top of the connector. Then gently pull out the four black and red wires, leaving the soldered connector attached to the logic board. After you have installed the new speaker and subwoofer, you will remove the connector on the replacement component and carefully feed the red and black wires into the connector that is still attached to the motherboard (paying careful attention to their correct order). Then replace the square of black foam.

    If you have removed the soldered on the connector, your two options are to solder it on yourself or to find a repair shop that can do that for you. There are instructables online for soldering tiny components that can help you.

    bike - Antwoord

    • Disconnect the camera cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.

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    • Use a spudger to pry the optical drive connector straight up off the logic board.

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    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the subwoofer to the upper case.

    • The longer of the two screws is on the right.

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    • The subwoofer is still connected to the right speaker, so don't completely remove it just yet.

    • Lift the subwoofer off the optical drive, and set it above the computer.

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    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the camera cable bracket to the upper case.

    • The leftmost screw may remain captive in the camera cable.

    This step is not necessary. Drive can be released without removing the screws.

    mcbohdo - Antwoord

    If you’re replacing the subwoofer, you DO need to remove the left screw but not the right screw. This is fortunate, because if you are stuck with a Phillips #00 instead of a JIS #00 screwdriver, you may well strip the heads of these screws.

    Bill Cole - Antwoord

    • Remove the three 2.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

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    • Lift the optical drive from its right edge and pull it out of the computer.

    • The hard drive cable may become disconnected from the logic board when removing the optical drive. Ensure it is connected during reassembly.

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    • Remove the optical drive cable by pulling it straight away from the optical drive.

    • This connector is particularly deep, so be sure to pull away from the drive at the center of the connector.

    • If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.

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    • Remove the two black Phillips #0 screws securing the small metal mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to your new optical drive or hard drive enclosure.

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Conclusie

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

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I ruined my laptop because of this guide.

The step 6 says it's a connector that comes of (sub-woofer), mine was welded, I broke it, I cannot fix it.

i am frustrated, and I know I should only blame myself for following blindly that guide.

But at least I thought I should let people know : be careful when removing that sub-woofer connector!!!

Thomas C - Antwoord

I also broke the sub-woofer connector away from the board, the connection to the board is very fragile, however I managed to solder the connector back on with a very fine soldering iron, (tricky). but it worked. I don't think it is really necessary to disconnect the sub-woofer cable to remove the optical drive, I'll find out when I get a new one to replace the old broken one. To remove the subwoofer cable it would be necessary to hold the connector in place while the plug is very carefully prized up from the lead side without moving the connector socket.

John Chinnery - Antwoord

Completed this one successfully. Now running OCZ 256 GB SSD in main bay and WD Black 320GB in optical bay.

Daniel Reyes - Antwoord

PLEASE change Step 6 to not blindly pop the subwoofer cable off of the logic board. I also have broken this connection by following the instructions. The comments do not print out/are not shown on the pdf! Some people (like me) may never see these comments until too late.

Jonny - Antwoord

My computer had a different optical drive than shown. Instead of the screws going through the body of the drive, it was secured by two screws at the corners opposite the screw by the connectors (i.e, along the wall where the CD slot is). In addition, in order to repair the drive, black tape sealing the unit had to be peeled back in order to open it (and the screws underneath the tape were placed slightly differently).

italtrav - Antwoord

Fixed my optical drive my Mac book runs great

victor generalao - Antwoord

Just a small tip: I wanted to replace my optical drive that I took from my older MB (A1181) with the broken optical drive in my newer-but still old- MB (A1278). But the drives aren't the same. The connectors don't fit and you can't replace them. So don't try to do this, if you planned to do it.

mofo - Antwoord

I broke the connector, too. Thanks to this guide. why don't they change the step 6?

akira maeda - Antwoord

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