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

  1. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

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

    • If the latch is depressed it will lock the battery in place.

  4. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement, Lower Case: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:

    • One 5.4 mm Phillips screw.

    • Three 14 mm Phillips screws.

    • Four 3.5 mm Phillips screws.

  5. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.

  6. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement, Optical Drive: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the camera cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.

  7. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Deroute the camera data cable from the channel in the optical drive.

  8. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Use a spudger to pry the optical drive connector straight up off the logic board.

  9. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Remove two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the camera cable bracket to the upper case.

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

    • Lift the camera cable bracket out from the upper case.

  10. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following three Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case:

    • One 3.5 mm Phillips screw.

    • Two 2.5 mm Phillips screws.

  11. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the optical drive from its left edge and pull it out of the computer.

  12. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement, Optical Drive: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the optical drive cable by pulling it straight away from the optical drive.

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

  13. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • 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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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Be extremely careful removing the drive retainer bracket screws. Stop immediately if they resist. These were extremely tight in my case, and I (carelessly) ended up stripping two, even using the correct screwdriver. Keep your extractor handy. (Apple technicians suggest the Alden Grabit-Micro.)

Michael Ahlers - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Since 2010, My Macbook Pro's Superdrive is not work..

It is not read DVD or CD... and I can't write DVD/CD...

I fix it ;)

I cleaned the superdrive's lens with alcohol...

After I clean the superdrive's lens, my Superdrive is working!!! ;)

Thank you!

Peter - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

This was super easy. I just took mine apart and found a piece of tape lodged in it. Works great now. Thanks.

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