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Apple MacBook Superdrive Repair not Replacement

This is the first in a series of repairs aimed at making this Macbook fully operational again. There are also power issues with the battery and main connector.

This MacBook had a Superdrive problem where the drive lock was up preventing disk insertion, also the drive would frequently go through eject cycle even though there was no disk in the drive.

I was hoping to avoid having to purchase a new drive. This is NOT REPLACEMENT BUT REPAIR!!! Yes it worked and was 100% effective and brought it back from the dead... Zombie MAC...

I will not cover part of the dis-assembly here as that has been done to death on the internet. You will need to remove the hard drive so follow that procedure.

This model is the Mid 2007 13 inch MacBook.

You will need a number 0 and a number 00 Phillips screwdrivers along with an X-Acto type knife.

 
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Step 1: Remove the drive

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There are 2 hidden screws that will need to be removed in order to take the drive out of the chassis.

The first is in the hard drive bay and the second is along the upper edge of the drive hidden by some wires.

The drive also has a hidden locking mechanism that will need to be disengaged in order to lift it out.

All of these screws are a number 0 Phillips but the lengths are different, be sure to note which screw came from which location.

Once all of the screws are removed, you will need to disconnect the sensors and wires, Use extreme care since the wires are tiny and limited in length.



doinbox2 years ago
Ok. Tried this and there wasn't anything out of place so I think it's time to buy a new drive :-( . Thanks for your guide anyway :-) .
doinbox2 years ago
Gonna try this tonight as I have the same problem. Will let you know how i get on.
dkagen3 years ago
i don't think my drive has this problem. mine wont eject cd/dvd. when i took it apart, the pivot point on rear of drive looked ok. any suggestions on other parts that may be outta whack?
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